The shows at Bangkok International Fashion Week thrilled with impeccable style and the gorgeous fabrics, fastidious detail and exquisite awareness of color which epitomize Asian fashion, but the showcase by Harper’s Bazaar of young Asian design talent captured my heart.
Having survived through competition heats in each country to reach the finals, the designers, some recent graduates, students and at least one memorably who had never designed anything before, each presented a capsule collection to the sophisticated international audience.
The winner, Harvee Kok Leung Vee, Malaysia, with his collection, “Bipolarity”, highly wearable clothes in muted monochromes, wore the outfit I liked the most, himself. Fantastic flared shorts and a white top, with chunky boots and black leggings made for a flamboyant exterior, yet he was modest, even a little shy: apt for the Bipolarity designer and well-deserved champion.
Best of all, his prize is a Master’s Degree in Fashion at a London university (I’m keeping my guesses which one to myself) lucky guy!
The winner, Harvee Kok, wore the outfit I liked the most, himself!
It was fun seeing the young designers cheer each other onscreen in the contests, guided by a formidably accomplished group of mentors and designers and led by Wannaporn Poshyanonda, Harper’s Bazaar Editor-In-Chief, and the final result, well-designed, covetable clothes, was perfect.
Inspired By Beauty And Emotion
Most of all, I liked the short film they each made, commenting on their origins and inspirations. They were serious, but sweet, and the thinking behind them was intriguing.. and the names! Who wouldn’t want to wear something from a collection named, “A Thousand Kisses Deep”, for example?
Who WOULDN’T wear something from a collection named, A Thousand Kisses Deep?
One young designer, Yahn Adam, from Singapore, declared that he had never made clothes before, and thought he’d have a go at it, channeling some of the intense emotions he’d experienced when in hospital, undergoing treatment for anxiety and depression. The resulting collection, “My Asylum”, had the absolute Best jeans, punky and distressed and super tight. I want some!
Yahn Adam: the absolute BEST jeans, punky, distressed and super tight. I want some!
BIFW opened my eyes to Asian design talent at all levels, from the Superstars to the fledgling maestros. To coin the motto of the event, Future Is Asia… Indeed!
Here’s a glimpse of the other finalists and their designs, I’ll be taking the tissue paper off later!
*All Photographs © Copyright: DV (Dear Velvet)
*Main Image: Wannaporn Poshyanonda, Harper’s Bazaar Editor-In-Chief with Harvee Kok from Malaysia, Winner of Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award – Bangkok International Fashion Week 2013
The Designer and The Designed
Peggy Hartanto, Indonesia – “Unseen”
Sheila Agatha Widjaya, Indonesia – “Moonshine”
Harvee Kok Leung Vee, Malaysia – “Bipolarity” (winner)
Sean Loh Kouk Chai, Malaysia – “A Thousand Kisses Deep”
Teresa Lim, Singapore – “Lenina Gone Wild”
Yahn Adam, Singapore – “My Asylum”
Wiruwan Hnuyung, Thailand – “En Garden”
Jatupong Metula, Thailand – “The Whispering”