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 2019 at Capitol Theatre on Wednesday night (30 Oct).
The finale runway show, in its sixth instalment this year, is aimed at discovering up-and-coming fashion talents from around the region.
Joined by Harper’s BAZAAR Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, a total of eight designers presented their Swarovski crystal-studded collections at a runway show in front of over 350 guests, including fashion and beauty insiders such as Fiona Xie, Aisyah Aziz, Wendy Jacobs, Iman Fandi and Andrea Chong.
After the show, the regional winner was announced: Kelly Vallerie from Indonesia, wowed the judges with her FREAKS by KELLY VALLERIE collection and walked away with a master’s degree scholarship in Fashion and Luxury Brand Management from Istituto Marangoni (at its Paris, London, Florence or Milan campus), a spread in all four editions of Harper’s BAZAAR and a cash prize of $10,000.
The two runners-up, Lê Hoàng Sơn from Vietnam and Rena Kok from Singapore, each walked away with a short-course scholarship at Istituto Marangoni.
Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, said: “Kelly truly embraces what consumers are looking for in design and fashion: An appreciation for the environment and a true sense of self and authenticity, coupled with craftsmanship and originality. Her ingenious transformable designs allow you to inject your own personality and style into the clothes through your personal interpretation of her multifunctional fashion. By engaging with local artisans and encouraging sustainability through using off-end fabrics, Kelly is what I would call a designer for the 22nd century; she is so deserving of the win this year.”
Kelly Vallerie, a 23-year-old graduate from LaSalle College Jakarta, said: “Be yourself, be original! Life is full of learning and surprises. I believe if you put your heart and soul into what you love, your hard work will be awarded. I am thankful for my family, my school, both the Harper’s BAZAAR Indonesia and Singapore teams, and the mentors who have been supporting me throughout the competition! Without their guidance, I wouldn’t have won the competition and have the chance to further my fashion journey at Istituto Marangoni. I’m thrilled to see what the future will bring!”
Local musicians Benjamin and Narelle Kheng performed their new releases, titled “Wicked” and “Blue” respectively. The siblings 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.
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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 Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 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.
Riding 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 2019, together with Harper’s BAZAAR Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
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 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 jewellery, 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, the global Swarovski Waterschool education programme 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 well-being 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 three 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.
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