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Feature: Audi Star Creation 2012 at Audi Fashion Festival in Singapore


 

Japanese designer Tatsuya Tsukahara shows his collection

Japanese designer Tatsuya Tsukahara shows his collection

 

The two-day event, showcased emerging designers from 7 countries including South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand.

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

Audi Star Creation as part of Audi Fashion Festival, is an opportunity to give these young upstarts a place where their creations can be seen by the movers and shakers of Singapore and Asia’s fashion elite. And is, without a doubt a yearly success.

 

“Fashion without Frontiers” was the theme given to the aspiring designers who had the task of coming up with six original, creative designs that are also commercially viable. The competition was open to designers between the ages of 16 and 35, who have less than two years experience in the fashion industry. After a month of intense judging, the final 12 were chosen to walk the ramp at Audi Fashion Festival.

 

Various prizes were awarded, with the top three each getting a SG$10,000 cash prize by Audi Singapore, a one-year internship with prominent fashion retailer FJ Benjamin and a chance to create a capsule collection with will then be launched at Audi Star Creation 2013.

 

Here is a glimpse at what took place, proving that the level of creativity and talent definitely has no bounds, nor borders.

 

Last year’s winners, presented their capsule collection to the crowd, which included:

 

Chen Zhi Gang, China

“We’re Inseparable”

He draws heavy inspiration by a man’s adoration for a woman. Expanding on that thought with various interpretations of the men’s jacket, various suits and interesting hemlines, all accentuated by punches of sharp hues and eye-catching cuts that gave him a distinct look and fashionable flavour.

 

Chen Zhi Gang's "We're Inseparable"

Chen Zhi Gang's "We're Inseparable"

 

Chen Zhi Gang's "We're Inseparable"

Chen Zhi Gang's "We're Inseparable"

 

Chen Zhi Gang's "We're Inseparable"

Chen Zhi Gang's "We're Inseparable"

 

Designer, Chen Zhi Gang (Right)

Designer, Chen Zhi Gang (Right)

 

Tiang Boon Tieon, Malaysia

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Monochromatic colours proved substantive in this designer’s palette. With his own translation of dresses, suits and blazers, the collection gives colour gradients some gravitas along with presenting a new age of minimalism.

 

Tiang Boon Tieon from Malaysia

Tiang Boon Tieon from Malaysia

 

 

Tsai Ming Hung, Singapore

“Gerar”

Inspired by the ancient village of the same name, “Gerar” uses the natural essence of the trees along the riverbank which provided seasonal fruits for its residents. The menswear collection boasts soothing shades of blue, brown, green and grey all as an homage to those very trees. With knitwork and some pieces being reversible, added another creative dimension.

 

 

Tsai Ming Hung's "Gerar"

Tsai Ming Hung's "Gerar"

 

Tsai Ming Hung's "Gerar"

Tsai Ming Hung's "Gerar"

 

Tsai Ming Hung's "Gerar"

Tsai Ming Hung's "Gerar"

 

 

 

The Star Creation 2012 competition brought to the forefront the best in emerging designers from the region.

 

From a record of 255 entries from 13 countries, this year’s finalists proved to lead by example when it comes to creativity and combining forward thinking with personal inspiration. It was China’s repeat performance with having produced a winner the second time around, and the first time for Thailand and Korea to also nab top spots.

 

The Winners:

 

Roderic Wong (Liang Wang), 27, China

“Tissues of Being”

Handmade craftsmanship was the order of the day in this unique collection. Ethereal hues of white dominated the runway and the fact that he actually created his own fabric didn’t go unnoticed by the judges which also creating an international appeal.

 

 

Rodric Wong's "Tissues of Being"

Rodric Wong's "Tissues of Being"

 

 

 

Soravit Kaewkamon, 23, Thailand

“Love and Friendship”

Her menswear collection was a visual feast of colours, textures and of course embroidered feathers. The mix of prep and sport created a unique silhouette earning her generous kudos from the judging panel.

 

Soravit Kaewkamon's "Love and Friendship"

Soravit Kaewkamon's "Love and Friendship"

 

 

Ko Youngji, 32, Korea

“Li Jin”

East meets west was her mantra where her womenswear collection embodied the classic shades of blues, greens and the traditional pink hue of a saekdong which was mixed fearelessly with western fabrics.

 

 

Ko Youngji's "Li Jin"

Ko Youngji's "Li Jin"

 

 

Other inspirational presentations:

 

Jaslin Ong, 21, Singapore

“Devastate(d)”

She takes apart and reconstructs typical cotton and cashmere pieces so the collection showcases an array of inverted pockets, oversized shapes and off-centre stitching oh, and shirts made of pants. The dark palette of black, brown and grey is again juxtaposed by shocking hues of red. Her inspiration? The idea of a deformed person being put on display as part of a circus freak show.

 

 

Jaslin Ong's "Devastate(d)"

Jaslin Ong's "Devastate(d)"

 

Ling Siu Gin, 21, Malaysia

“Manimal”

Two music videos were the sources of inspiration from where she drew her creativity. “Lions in Cages” by Wolf Gang and “Paradise” by Coldplay. She based her collection on six animals, the gryphon, owl, rabbit, reindeer, unicorn and wolf. With the combination of chiffon, organza and wool she created her own fashionable wild kingdom.

 

 

Ling Siu Gin's "Manimal"

Ling Siu Gin's "Manimal"

 

Ling Siu Gin's "Manimal"

Ling Siu Gin's "Manimal"

 

 

Tatsuya Tsukahara, 24, Japan

“Braiding”

Just like the title of his collection, his inspiration was in basketfuls. Literally. Taking cues from the bamboo woven baskets of Japan he combines braiding and weaving in his womenswear collection harkening back to the 50s silhouette. Cotton and shades of white are used to show the concept of actually being caged in a basket.

 

Japanese designer Tatsuya Tsukahara shows his collection

Japanese designer Tatsuya Tsukahara shows his collection

 

Vincent Wong, 22, Malaysia

“Confession of Sins”

White is used to convey the essense of purity of a human’s soul. He also drew inspiration from the revered cultural status of elephants and peacocks through his use of patterns, lace and feathers.

 

 

Vincent Wong's "Confessions of Sins"

Vincent Wong's "Confessions of Sins"

 

 

Photography courtesy of Image.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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