Glamorous collection from Singapore designer Lai Chan opens Singapore Fashion Week 2017 – The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singaporean couturier Goh Lai Chan's night present opened this 12 months's Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW) on the Nationwide Gallery Singapore with a bang on Thursday (Oct 26) .

The 55-year-outdated veteran trend designer, identified for his dramatic theatre costume designs and signature cheongsam, showcased 24 distinctive items created particularly for this 12 months's occasion.

Ms Rosalynn Tay, 54, a fan of the designer who attended the present says the collection was wonderful: “It was actually superior. I really like that it actually captured the Singapore spirit and the totally different cultures and races that we now have right here. A superb collection.”

Goh's present was one in all three held in the present day, out of a complete of 13 exhibits over the three-day occasion that may wrap up on Saturday. Different headline exhibits embrace one by New York-based mostly trend designer Jason Wu, greatest identified for dressing Michelle Obama, who can be making his runway debut in Asia on the occasion's final day.

This 12 months, the main focus is on Asian designers, with greater than 50 from 11 Asian international locations being featured over three days, up from 40 designers from 5 Asian international locations over 5 days in 2016.

Mirroring different trend weeks worldwide, it should additionally place a larger emphasis on modest trend, with three such exhibits that includes established designers from the area together with Malaysia's Jovian Mandagie and Indonesia's Dian Pelangi.

For the primary time, the occasion can even embrace a sequence of expertise talks. Over day two and three, about 20 audio system together with Zalora Group CEO Parker Gundersen and Goldman Sachs senior vice-president Andy Tai will converse on the enterprise and expertise of trend.

The annual present has additionally been minimize to 3 days this 12 months, the primary time within the present's 11-year historical past.

"On this age of digital disruption, trend weeks must adapt, change and reinvent to remain related and sustainable," says SGFW chairman Tjin Lee in a media assertion. "Singapore is a small nation with a inhabitants of solely 5.5million, so it's extremely troublesome for native designers to develop and scale in such a small market, in comparison with our regional neighbours, who're no less than 5 to forty occasions our measurement."

"We should always play as much as our strengths, which might lead us to the pure evolution in direction of thought management, enterprise funding alternatives, networking and the enterprise of trend," she says.

Right this moment, the collections of six rising designers from Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand additionally hit the runway as they battled it out for the Harper's Bazaar Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2017, a platform for up-and-coming trend designers to showcase their expertise.

The winner was awarded a scholarship for a grasp's diploma in Fashion and Luxurious Model Administration on the prestigious Istituto Marangoni, a personal Italian college of trend and design, together with $10,000 money and $15,000 value of Swarovski crystals.

The occasion opening evening ended with a joint runway present between native designers Goh Ling Ling, founding father of bag label Ling Wu, and Gin Lee, founder of up to date womenswear model Ginlee Studio.

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