There are a few reasons why this showcase at AFF deserves a lot of applauses.

First, this is Ong Shunmugam‘s first solo show at Audi Fashion Festival. In 2012, it was showcased at Future Fashion Now, and last year it was one-half of an local emerging designers showcase at AFF. It’s amazing how the designer and her collections has grown over the years.

Second, I was delighted to see Priscilla Shunmugam go back to Mandarin-inspired designs, with more imaginative interpretations of the cheongsam this year.

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This design, in my opinion, is one of the highlights of the entire collection, named “From the Real to the Chimerical“. A clash of ethnic prints and retro chevron matched with a collision of feminine fit and architectural elements.

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Apart from the printed dresses, Ong Shunmugam also had edgier designs incorporated with mandarin details – such as crop tops and jumpsuits.

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Fitted crop tops and matching culottes, or flutter sleeves, or even a mod sheath dress… the collection is gets varied and perhaps more dramatic but it would for different wearers to accentuate different types of figures.

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Perhaps due to my penchant for feminine dresses and cheongsam, Ong Shunmugam has always been one of the local designers in my “watchlist”.  The latest collection at AFF is a good showcase of how the designer has evolved and matured, with a signature sophisticated style that embodies many elements of Asian cultures.

Image credit: Audi Fashion Festival Facebook Page

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