It was edgy, bold, and for some, a little tasteless; but French designer Nicolas Formichetti certainly got the world’s attention by putting Lady Gaga in a meat dress.
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Such notoriety has catapulted the French designer into a number of covetable positions: as creative director for Thierry Mugler, fashion director of ‘Vogue Homme Japan’, and now headlining the Audi Fashion Festival 2012 (16-20 May) with the Thierry Mugler’s autum/winter 2012 collection opening the festival on 16 May.
Nicola Formichetti - BOFFO Building Fashion highlights
Formichetti is just one of the heady mix of fashion influencers and innovators included in this year’s festival themed “Lighting The Future.”
“Innovation, with the right mix of creativity and experiment, is the key to the survival of any fashion designer,” said festival director Tjin Lee. “This year, we hope to embody the spirit of this year’s theme with the presence of cutting edge designers and by embracing the digital world in fashion.”
No stranger to innovation, Zac Posen will showcase two collections on 19 May (8pm). Known for his red carpet gowns and cocktail dresses infused with a 1940s-inspired tailoring, the ‘King of the Red Carpet’ who dressed Natalie Portman, Michelle Obama and Kate Winslet will present 30 to 50 looks from the his pre-fall 2012 and fall/winter 2012 collections.
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And where would be the fashion world without fashion innovator Roland Mouret? His iconic Galaxy dress was THE ‘It’ dress back in 2005. Designed with a ‘secret’ boned waist restrainer, the dress nipped in at the waist, flattened the stomach of the wearer, and created an instant hourglass figure.
Models in Mouret's Galaxy dresses
A favourite of Victoria Beckham, Nicole Kidman and Sienna Miller, Mouret will present fall/winter 2012 collection (20 May, 7pm). Inspired by Paris' Great Freeze of 1947, expect his trademark form-fitting dress with hints of retro cool and lots of layering.
Local designers and brands are definitely not left off the festival roster. alldressedup will show its fall/winter 2012 collection of structured yet relaxed pieces on 19 May at 6pm. Designed in a multitude of fabrics, jersey, techno-chiffon and cashmere, the brand will show again why it’s one of the island’s best global style ambassadors.
AFF’s Lee said that she works closely with festival chairman Dick Lee and London-based creative director Colin McDowell for the direction and positioning of the festival; and although they look to big international names like Mugler and Mouret, emerging talents are not forgotten.
Up-and-coming womenswear designer Johnathan Simkhai, avant-garde Berlin designer Esther Perbrandt and Korean-born Australian designer Yeojin Bae, known for her street chic, print-infused pieces will all be showing.
“Asia is a huge influence on the fashion industry and this year we will showcase our own local talents, Mae Pang, Max Tan and Dzojchen in the tent as well. It is important of us to ensure that the designers involved in AFF are diverse and accurately represent the multifaceted landscape of today’s fashion industry,” Lee adds.
While some of these names will be unfamiliar to most Singaporeans, Lee says that the festival (as well as other fashion events) has improved the fashion awareness of the general public.
“I see a great improvement (of fashion awareness) in the general public, and it’s also largely attributed to the success of stores such as H&M, Topshop and Zara, which makes trendy clothes and fast fashion within reach of everyone, and increasing fashion consciousness in the average Singaporean,” said Lee.
“Also, with digital evolution and the introduction of live-streaming of AFF shows online, we’ve made the glitz and glamour of AFF a lot more accessible to everyone.”