Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, in collaboration with Swarovski, and supported by ZALORA, hosted the runway show for the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2018 at the iconic Capitol Theatre last Thursday.
The finale runway show, aimed at discovering up-and-coming fashion talents from around the region, was the fifth instalment of the regional competition.
Joined by Harper’s BAZAAR Indonesia, Thailand and India, a total of eight designers presented their Swarovski crystal-studded collections at an exhilarating runway show in front of over 300 guests, including fashion and beauty insiders such as Iman Fandi and Mae Tan.
After the show, the regional winner was announced: Andrew Low from Singapore wowed judges with his Daydreaming by Andre collection and walked away with a prestigious master’s degree scholarship in Fashion and Luxury Brand Management from Istituto Marangoni (at either its Paris, London, Florence or Milan campuses), a spread in all four editions of Harper’s BAZAAR and a cash prize of $10,000.
The two runners-up, Andandika Surasetja from Indonesia and Gaurav from India, each walked away with a short-course scholarship at Istituto Marangoni.
Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, said: “Andrew showed great winning potential right from the start. Translating his fantastical ideas about dreams into real, wearable fashion was something we helped him realise in a practical way. The judges picked him to win in the end because he showed honesty, integrity and incredible tailoring in his collection. The mix of Liberty print fabrics and that cool masculine vibe, coupled with embroidery on denim and checks, made his collection contemporary and wearable. On top of that, his enthusiasm and solid business plans will put him in good stead as he embarks on a fashion design course; he has a promising future in fashion.”
Andrew Low, a 27-year-old student at Raffles Design Institute, said: “Everything feels so surreal. I am really thankful for my family, my school, the Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore team and the mentors. Without their guidance, I wouldn’t have won the competition and have the chance to further my fashion journey at Istituto Marangoni. I’m excited at what the future has to bring!”
Adding to the glamour of the runway show, RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars performer and recording artist Detox, flew in especially for the occasion. She performed an original number, “She’s Gotta Habit”, a song that is all about an obsession with fashion, as she led the pack of models strutting down the runway, making for a rousing finale and the perfect opening act for the after-party at Capitol Theatre. Detox also showed her love for local designers at the event, dressed in a stunning ensemble by established Singapore couturier, Lai Chan.
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About Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award
The Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award was launched in 2013 with the aim of discovering and developing the skills of new fashion design talent in the region.
A regional competition to seek out and nurture new talent from across Asia, the competition promotes creativity while creating the opportunity for continued learning through a partnership with internationally renowned fashion design school, Istituto Marangoni and synergistic partners such as Swarovski and e-retailer, ZALORA.
Each year, participating editions of Harper’s BAZAAR recruit, mentor and select two finalists of their local competition who will move on to compete in the regional stage of the competition, hosted in Singapore since 2014. The regional winner of the competition walks away with a master’s degree scholarship at Istituto Marangoni, a spread in all participating editions of Harper’s BAZAAR as well as a cash prize.
Pegging on the success of its previous editions, the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award competition continued its search for Asia’s next wave of emerging designers for the year 2018, together with Harper’s BAZAAR India, Indonesia and Thailand.
About Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore
The Singapore edition of Harper´s BAZAAR brings style and substance to all aspects of contemporary life through a sophisticated and diverse array of articles, blending intelligent comment and stimulating features with outstanding photography, glamour and informed round-ups of the best in fashion, accessories, health and beauty, restaurants, travel, the arts and interior design. BAZAAR´s consumer authority attracts prestigious brand marketers and passionate readers who are the current and future influences of modern style. Visit www.harpersbazaar.com.sg for more information.
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2017.
Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2017, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people.
A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established global sustainability agenda. In addition, global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote the rights and wellbeing of women and children, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
About ZALORA GROUP:
ZALORA is Asia’s online fashion destination. Founded in 2012, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. ZALORA is part of Global Fashion Group, the world’s leader in online fashion for emerging markets. ZALORA offers an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering up to 30-day free returns, speedy deliveries as fast as 3 hours, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities.
About SPH Magazines
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With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines together with its subsidiaries, Blu Inc Holdings (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited and Blu Inc Media China, raise the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in the region, in English, Chinese and other languages, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men’s lifestyle, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other titles such as Female, Cleo, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, The Peak, ICON, Home & Decor, Nuyou, Torque and HWM, among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories.
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