If you haven’t read other AFF show reports about Tsumori Chisato AW 2013, I think one simple word sums it all: Happy. The delightful colours and prints came together and evoked this light-hearted and chirpy mood on people.
I had the opportunity to do an email interview with the Japanese designer herself. Ms Chisato started working for Issey Miyake in 1977 and started her own line in 1990. Famed for her penchant for prints, which are often manga (Japanese comics) inspired, her designs were showcased at Paris in 2003 which led her to gain greater global following thereafter.
Check out her animated responses to my list of questions. I could feel her zest and confidence from afar, what about you?
It’s an interesting showcase featuring an upcoming local designer and an emerging Japanese designer. One’s cultural and ethnic, the other is dreamy and carefree.
In this new collection, Singapore designer Ong Shunmugam decided to deviate from her usual re-invented cheongsam designs, and focus on ethnic prints instead.
Some of you might be wondering what we actually do at the AFF event. In a nutshell, it’s a lot of schmoozing and waiting.
Once you have collected your tickets, you could hang around outside the tent, take some pictures, hope to get spotted by some style photographers or get inside the tent and wait around the lounge area. I always prefer to get into the lounge because it is air-conditioned!
You could admire at beautiful people and celebrities.
One thing that made this year’s AFF special for me was the backstage access, made possible thanks to NARS and Mercury. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the glamorous runway and how much time is required to put together that 15-minute showcase?
David Scheffen from NARS started working on the makeup for Peter Pilotto show, while the other NARS makeup artists observed.
I chose to go more casual on Day 4. Thanks to the Style Advisor from Dorothy Perkins, we managed to put together a very fun and wearable “print-on-print” outfit.
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins Black/White Polka Dot Shell Top (S$59) | Pants: Dorothy Perkins Black and Ivory Check Trousers (S$63) | Bangle and earrings (hidden): Dorothy Perkins| Shoes: Romantic Soles | Bag: Coach
I know little about Zardozë except that it is set up in Singapore, and this is their first ever fashion showcase. The event was certainly a star-studded one. Celebrities spotted include Paul Foster, Linda Black and Olli Pettigrew, Choy Wan, Dick Lee and last but not least, Ruien and Fann Wong.
It was a Friday and once I knocked off, I slipped into the office’s washroom to change and put on my makeup. A couple of colleagues happened to come into the washroom and was wondering what I was doing in there dressed in this glamorous red number.
Dress: One Shoulder Maxi Dress from Wallis (Store located at Paragon Level 3) | Shoes: Cole Haan | Bag: Chanel
I had chandelier earrings on but I now realised it was well-hidden under my curls!