Fashion knows no boundaries — and AirAsia certainly knows no limits when it comes to bringing fashion together in one prestigious event. Last Friday, the Malaysian low-cost airline brought the region’s young designer talents onto the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear stage for the third year in a row.
This year, on top of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 (AARRDS 2017) extended its pursuit for the best talents to the remaining ASEAN countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. At the grand finale, two representatives from each country were flown down to Kuala Lumpur to showcase the sartorial results of their hard work: three looks dedicated to the ASEAN theme.
10 countries, 20 participants, and only one victor — who clinched the winning title? We reveal the star of AARRDS 2017 and share our favourite three-piece collections straight from the front row!
Vietnam’s Tran Thi Tu wins AARRDS 2017
Helmed by Malaysia’s Asia’s Next Top Model finalist Shikin Gomez, Vietnamese designer Tran Thi Tu took to the runway with a spanking new award to her portfolio. The 24-year-old winner of AARRDS 2017 chose her home city, Hanoi, as her source of inspiration. Her three winning looks reflected a modern twist on the Ao Dai, a Vietnamese national costume.
Apart from the opportunity to showcase her full collection at AARRDS during Kuala Lumpur Fashion Ready To Wear 2018, Tran also took home 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points; RM25,000 fund to produce a capsule collection to be sold on fashionvalet.com; a six-page fashion spread in AirAsia’s in-flight magazine Travel3Sixty, and AirAsia flights and mentorship from the KLFW RTW team. Congratulations, Tran!
AARRDS 2016 winner, Anuruq, debuts his full collection
AARRDS 2016 winner, Thailand’s Anuruq Jaidee, debuted his ‘Hammer Away At’ collection with familiar prints that took the judges’ breath away last year. But instead of a predominantly white canvas, he ventured towards a darker palette of black and burgundy that is sure to be a Fall/Winter hit.
We also like: Humaira Zakaria from Brunei
Kong Sothea from Cambodia
Andrew Low from Malaysia
Jerome Q from Philippines
Khampee Laksanosurang from Thailand
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