Want a glimpse of what the future of Singapore fashion looks like? Be sure to catch the catwalk shows of graduating students, which was exactly what we did on May 17 at the Lasalle Graduate Show 2015. 15 students from the Lasalle College of the Arts showed their capsule lines at a joint catwalk presentation with a cheering, full-house audience at Singapore Fashion Week.

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The Lasalle Graduate Show 2015. Image: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer 

Themed around Singapore’s big 50th birthday (which our acronym-loving nation has termed as SG50 of course), these young designers took inspired cues from locales as diverse as Sentosa Cove and the Botanic Gardens to Chinatown for their capsule collections. 

The results were as diverse as these familiar districts. The ‘Peranarock’ line by Sasha Afitriana for instance, featured intricate rosettes and Peranakan-inspired embroidery on leather jackets, while the ‘Par de la mer’ (which roughly translates to ‘beside the sea’ in French) collection by Eng Bai Le & Victoria Goh saw breezy, beachwear paired with ethereal linen skirts and frocks with glittery trims. 

Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) was also seen on the front row watching the show and taking snaps of some of the looks. When I spoke to him after the show, he praised the designers for their “raw energy; they were all very good.” Surely a promising sign for Singapore fashion, don’t you agree?

Mark our words, these are among the new fashion names to watch. Plus, selected pieces from these young designers can now be pre-ordered online too.

10 young designers from five countries — Singapore included — presented the capsule collections they had created for the competition.

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Designs by (L-R): Alwyn Chua (Malaysia), Rukpong Raimaturapong (Thailand), Lionel Low (Singapore) and Siripim Poolsombat (Thailand). All Images: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer

Alwyn Chua from Malaysia featured obi belts as both prints and a sewn-on belt detail on his mini collection while Singapore designer Lionel Low showed wispy dresses with shredded details, inspired by ‘Madam White Snake’ Chinese folklore. Thai designer Rukpong Raimaturapong’s collection also stood out for its unique pairing of artisanal Thai fabrics with sporty details.

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Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Design Award 2015 Winner Silvie Teh’s capsule collection. All Images: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer

But there could only be one winner, of course. Singapore designer Silvie Teh bagged the grand prize at the show, with her Japanese-meets-Javanese print-centric collection that was feminine, polished and very wearable too. She won a scholarship for a Master’s degree in fashion at the Istituto Marangoni (an Italian fashion and design school with campuses in Paris, Milan and London) as well as a cool $10,000 in cash.

Fann Wong, Zoe Tay were there when Love, Bonito showed its Julien Fournie collab line; so it was no surprise to see another star-studded outing at this runway showing too.

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(L-R): Indonesian couture designer Tex Saverio, Viola Tan, Rui En and Rachel Lim. Image: Love, Bonito

Rui En made a fashionably late entrance just before the show started. But not without making a group shot with Love, Bonito co-founders Viola Tan, Rachel Lim and Indonesian couture designer Tex Saverio of course.

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Tex Saverio for Love, Bonito. All Images: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer

The collaborative line itself featured 20 looks with a watercolour branch motif placed on pastel and monochrome skies, matched with Love, Bonito’s staple feminine pieces like the peplum top and bodycon dresses. Fans of the e-retailer can expect to shop the full collection online come June 2015!

Think the baju kurung can’t be on-trend? Think again: Collections like these savvily reinvent the traditional garment in ways that make you look at it anew. Caped details made the baju kurung look so regal in the collaborative Zalora and Woo/Fiziwoo collection by Malaysian designers Mohd Hafizi Radzi Woo and Izree Kai Haffiz.

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Zalora and Woo/Fiziwoo collaborative collection. All Images: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer 

“The key element of our ready-to-wear collection is (the ability) to mix-and-match; most of the garments in the collection come as separate and individual pieces,” said the Woo/Fiziwoo design duo in an earlier interview with herworldPLUS.

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A dress from Zalora’s Zalia line. Image: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer 

The Zalora’s in-house brand Zalia showed more affordable pieces for Hari Raya, loosely inspired by the painting ‘The Supper at the Ball’ by 19th century leading German artist Adolph Menzel. Avni Pundir, Managing Director and Head of Private Label of Zalora explained in a separate interview that the aim was to recreate “splendour of royal court balls”. The results: very shoppable embroidered dresses with almost bridal-worthy touches of subtle glitter.


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Thakoon Autumn Winter 2015 at Singapore Fashion Week. Image: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer

More of our favourite local stars joined the stylish crowd at Singapore Fashion Week when the Thakoon show neared.


We spotted Singapore stars Zhang Zhen Huan, Carrie Wong and Romeo Tan (seen above from left to right) front-rowing alongside deejay Rosalyn Lee and Australian style blogger Margaret Zhang at the New York-based designer’s show. 

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Thakoon Autumn Winter 2015 at Singapore Fashion Week. All images: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer

The romantic and cosy Thakoon Autumn Winter 2015 collection was one to covet, even in sunny Singapore. Silhouettes were long and sleek, be they furry vests or long shirts. The folksy boho feel of the collection also got a touch playful with white unicorns on fuzzy printed velvet.

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A dress from Thakoon Autumn Winter 2015. Image: Wesley Kow/ Narcissisthephotographer

Sparkly sequinned numbers towards the end fulfilled that need for glitter; because every girl about town loves a new shiny party dress, right?

Missed out on the DVF, Dion Lee, Ong Shunmugam, Collate The Label shows and more top moments at Singapore Fashion Week? Read our daily recaps of the fashion highs at Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 plus follow Her World Singapore on Instagram for hot-off-the-runway snaps.

We also got up-close and personal with the designers: Find out why Diane von Furstenberg no longer wears her famous wrap dress and the craziest thing Thakoon Panichgul got his intern to do.