Day 1 of Digital Fashion Week 2015 saw an infusion of youth and history coming together. Singapore’s top chinese newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao and designers from fashion schools MDIS, NAFA and Raffles Design Institute showcased alongside 12 local fashion designers including Amos Ananda, Max Tan and Zhou Jun. 

Next up was Mash-Up’s literal mashed up collection of Mean Girls’ inspired pieces where the designers stated “the geek, the cool girl and the skater chick all come together and are friends”, cue Burn Books and nail piercings aplenty. Here are 10 looks and moments we loved from the Day 1 shows:

#1 The all-Asian model casting

Photography: Wesley Kow

Much has been made of the lack of ethnic diversity in the fashion industry when it comes to casting models for the runway, campaigns and everything in between. The discrepancy between the diversity of the consumer and the image being portrayed on runways at the Big Four (New York, London, Milan and Paris) is a real problem for the future of fashion. Last night, Asian ethnicities were represented with beautiful models from Singapore, Korea, China and more walking the runway for the Lianhe Zaobao show celebrating SG50. It was a refreshing sight!


#2 The up-and-coming Singaporean talent 

There were several local fashion students and designers who showed both commercial and innovative looks, here are some of our favourites:

Gorgeous prints with a West African nod on the SG50 runway

Photography: Wesley Kow

We love Amos Ananda’s Singaporean passport patch pocket!


#3 The amazing street dancers who opened the show


We loved these super cool street dancers who cheekily told me the name of their crew was “Ryan & friends” when asked (I’m guessing I was talking to Ryan)! Their energy was infectious and totally reflected the youthful vibe which dominated the runway. 


#4 Backstage beauties


#BTS of the stunning #TNPNewFace winner @selykins! Let the show begin… – Jennifer @digitalfashionweek @zbonline

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Beauty in the midst of chaos #bts at #DigitalFashionWeek ! #model #sg #singaporefashion #style #backstage @zbonline -Jennifer

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The stunning Selynna Norhisham, recent winner of The New Paper’s New Face 2015 looked quite the seasoned professional as she was being preened backstage. We also spotted this other beauty amongst the chaos, like a diamond in the rough! 


#5 The red and white fabulousness that opened the show


In true SG50 style, the opening looks designed by Raffles Design students made red and white look so, so good, no flag connotations in sight!


#6 The martial arts references, as worn on Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw backstage

Photography: Wesley Kow


#7 We all want to join Mash-Up’s inaugural Side-Eye club


#8 The amazing 90s details at the Mash-Up High show


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From multi-coloured neon hair slides to fluffy rings, nail piercings, crimping and glittered roots, the 90s throwbacks kept coming and we loved each and every one!


#9 The Burn Book on the runway

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Fans of Tina Fey’s cult movie Mean Girls will love the appearance of the legendary Burn Book toted by model Antonia on the Digital Fashion Week runway.


#10 Spotting the most dapper (and youngest) contender for the Best Dressed title


This heartbreaker in-the-making is cutie Keagan, son of Digital Fashion Week founder Charina Widjaja, we dare you not to fall in love!

Stay tuned for more fashion news as Digital Fashion Week continues and see our best dressed list from the Starhub TVB awards here.