Designer Highlights At Singapore Fashion Week 2016 | Clozette

What’s so exciting about Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW) 2016 is not just its new home at National Gallery Singapore. This year, rather than presenting a majority of star-studded international brands like what was done in previous years, SGFW – for the first time ever – set the stage for an All-Asian designer lineup.

From 26th October 2016 to 30th October 2016, the five-day fashion funfair showcased a mix of Asian international designers the likes of Indian-American designer Naeem Khan and Malaysian-born, London-based designer Han Chong (of Self-Portrait); and Singapore’s very own homegrown designers such as Max Tan and Ong Shunmugam.

Naeem Khan at SGFW 2016

From MAX.TAN as the opening show to fashion week – a first in the history of SGFW with Tan being the first Singaporean designer to open – to Self-Portrait’s first ever runway appearance in Asia since its debut in 2013, in retrospect: SGFW 2016 made a glorious statement on the revolution of Asia fashion.

Of course, we had to be there, fresh-faced and glowing skin courtesy of a particular Facial Treatment Essence (ahem, SK-II). Read on as we put the spotlight on our favourite designer looks this Singapore Fashion Week 2016.


Structured Minimalism at MAX.TAN

MAX.TAN Spring/Summer 2017 at SGFW 2016

It’s all about roughening up feminine aesthetics and softening the edges of masculinity at MAX.TAN Spring/Summer 2017. Architectural silhouettes and monochromatic tones made up the DNA of the six-year-old brand, while deconstruction was the keyword for the latest collection. Ruffles and fringes were “manned up” with elements like hard, geometrics lines, while pants were given ultra-deep slits at the front and at the sides.


Royal Decadence at Guo Pei

Guo Pei Spring/Summer 2016 at SGFW 2016

Couturier Guo Pei set the tone for her Spring/Summer 2016 “Courtyard” collection when she gave the media a glimpse of the saffron-yellow robe dress that Rihanna famously wore at the 2015 Met Gala hours before her show. Featuring design elements from historical noble court culture, it’s evident that the designer’s aesthetics – braced by her signature beading and embroidery works – are heavily influenced by traditional Chinese culture.

In essence, Guo Pei’s “Courtyard” collection – from the Pheonix and floral patterns, to the decadent colour palette and textiles – is made for the modern queens and princesses.


Make A Statement at CHI CHI VON TANG

CHI CHI VON TANG Anime Collection at SGFW 2016

CHI CHI VON TANG knows what makes a statement (piece). The Singapore-based street-luxe brand, the brainchild of former model and designer Lisa Crosswhite, continues to celebrate feminine power as models strutted down the runway as superheroes donning the “Anime” collection.

The brand’s iconic Chi Chi Warrior Bomber, mandarin collar blouses and harem pants were printed with comic strip created by Canadian artist and animator, Mujia Liao. Who is CHI CHI VON TANG? She, or he, is definitely one we’ll be looking out for.


RGB at Ong Shunmugam

Ong Shunmugam RGB Cheongsam Collection at SGFW 2016

Designer Priscilla Shunmugam is known for modernising the traditional Chinese cheongsam dress into wearable pieces in tune with today’s style tone. In her latest Cheongsam 2017 collection titled RGB, Shunmugam perfected print-on-print-on-print ensembles on Asian textiles, introduced a shocking fluorescent yellow to some of the looks, and showcased a new Chinese silk fabric printed with a Chinese watercolour painting and motifs. The result is a collection that we want to wear not just for Chinese New Year, but also all year round.


Colour Parade at Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan Spring 2017 at SGFW 2016

“The collection is vibrant in colour inspired by my deep love of cooking. To me, taste is colour,” read the show notes at Naeem Khan Spring 2017. A total of 50 looks took to the runway – a rich explosion of colours presented in laces, embroideries, sequins and fringes. The collection showed off the masterful artisanal skills of the House under Naeem Khan’s creative direction. As Khan took his bow at the end of the show to astounding applause, we only wished there was more.


All Grown-Up at Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait Spring 2017 at SGFW 2016

Malaysian-born designer Han Chong might have burst into the scene just three years ago. But judging by the list of international stockists under his belt, the Central Saint Martins graduate’s London-based brand Self-Portrait has already won the hearts of an international crowd with his signature guipure lace pieces. Closing SGFW 2016 with his Spring 2017 collection, Chong featured a series of looks that hinted at a more grown-up Self-Portrait woman. Lace looks with strategically undone buttons for a playful peek-a-boo effect, utilitarian-inspired ensembles (those patent leather pants!), and ruffles aplenty – we’re bracing ourselves, and our wallets, when this collection comes out next season.

Photos by: Singapore Fashion Week


What collection did you love from SGFW 2016? Share them with us below!



Fashion is always changing; and leading that change is Manila Fashion Festival as they returned for a 5-day stylish Spring/Summer 2017 affair at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. By highlighting the landscape of Philippine fashion and spearheading the concept of ‘see now, buy now’, they partnered with Asia’s Online Fashion Destination, ZALORA, to bring each designer collection from the runway, straight to your wardrobe.

But that’s not all. Manila Fashion Festival also collaborated with Samsung to incorporate the new and innovative Gear S3 Smartwatch; allowing the designers to wear and flaunt it; and the Gear VR and Gear 360 to bring together established and emerging designers to feature their collection in an exceptional experience.

However, amidst all these new technologies and innovations that bridge the gap between brands and consumers, are the collections themselves. Each designer presented their best pieces, bringing forth new fashion trends that perfected the combination of art and clothing – wearable, yet insanely edgy and chic.

So take a look at what’s to come for fashion by reading below the 7 Spring/Summer 2017 collections that caught our eye!


Sari Lazaro: Classic meets edgy

Sleek colours mixed with classic silhouettes. Don’t be fooled by Sari Lazaro’s collection because their designs pack a punch when it comes to details. From scrunched up sleeves to feminine necklines; those who love timeless designs or opt for more bold and daring ones will find their perfect dresses here.


Randy Ortiz: Artworks transformed

Think of paintings transformed into clothes. Randy Ortiz’s line fuses timeless silhouettes with the styles of Asian contemporaries with its unique prints, eye-catching shades, and chic layering. Once you wear one of these, heads will turn wherever you go.


Esme Palaganas for Basic Movement: Soft clashing

Blue and white will be the new ‘it’ colours for Spring/Summer 2017 thanks to Esme’s cool-yet-wearable collection that highlights the city lights on dark nights, and early mornings with the light haze. With detailed beading and soft frills, the collection beautifully captures the clashing of the two.


ARIN: Strong pastels

Minimalist and undeniably feminine, ARIN’s youthful and luxe clothes will speak to every woman with its strong structures paired with pastel shades such as crisp whites, girly pinks, and muted blues. A collection that is certainly a must-have in every minimalist fashionista’s wardrobe.


Brit Tripudio: Diverse streetwear

Clothes that are worth being worn by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Amber Rose; inspired by LGBT subculture, Brit Tripudio's spunky and experimental collection maintains the brand’s signature style of deconstructing formal and casual wear and turning it into something that’s so diverse and sensual that the clothes literally speak for themselves.


Azucar by Arleen Sipat-Sutton: Bad romance

Ruffles and lace dominated the Azucar runway, and we love it. By combining the sporty vibe of the sheer fabrics with the 'old world' look of lace, Azucar created a stunning contrast between the two materials that make each piece suitable for both day and night.


Joanique: Youthful queen

Sheer, pastel, and with lots of tulle; Joanique’s line looks like it came straight from a chic candy factory. Each outfit looks delectable enough to wear for whatever occasion as its loose and soft material is perfect for our humid weather!


What are your favourite designer collections from Manila Fashion Festival S/S17? 

Share them with us below!


It may just be October and the only day you’re planning for is Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about the holidays. Before you know it, Christmas is here and you don’t want to rush purchasing gifts for your loved ones, right?

But if you’re having a hard time thinking what gifts to get, you're not alone. We, too, often feel stumped whenever we have to think of meaningful presents for our closest friends and family. 

So if you're looking for a little gift inspiration, we’re here to help by letting you in on our 5 favourite pieces from Coach’s Holiday 2016 collection – from lovely dinosaur-themed wristlets, to fashion forward shoes that will pair well with all holiday ensembles – that your fashionista friends, colleagues, mothers, and sisters will absolutely love!


Burnished Swagger Shoulder Bag

Since many of us will be busy around the holidays, anything that can go from day-to-night is a must-have. And this versatile Swagger Bag will look always look magnificent whether it’s paired with jeans and a T-shirt or a glamorous cocktail dress.


Hologram Medium Zip Around Wallet

We all need a little colour in our lives. So what better way to do that than with a hologram wallet? When worn with monochromatic ensembles, this beautiful wallet will instantly stand out to give a sophisticated pop of violet, blue, pink, and yellow.


Colorblock Tricky Coin Case

Don’t you just hate it when you need a coin and have to dig through your purse to find one? That won’t be a problem anymore with this incredibly adorable red coin case! With its bright hue, cute design, and spacious silhouette, you’ll never lose a coin again.


Denim Coach Beasts Small Wristlet

Heading out for a few errands? Or maybe you don’t want to bring a bag wherever you’re going? Then easily stuff your cards, phone, and other essentials in this stylish wristlet! We love its smooth material and chic design; making it easy to mix and match with all our looks.


Metallic Lace Up Sneaker

Sneakers just got a major upgrade with this metallic lace-up version. We know that holiday parties call for extra special heels, but when comfortable shoes look this good, why would you want to change your footwear?


Learn more about the Coach Holiday 2016 collection by clicking here!