Highlights from SGFW 2016: Aijek, Chi Chi Von Tang & Exhibit

Highlights from SGFW 2016: Aijek, Chi Chi Von Tang & Exhibit

Singapore Fashion Week

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Photo: Bernard Seah

Aijek gets bright and sunny, Chi Chi Von Tang weaves a tale of a comic superhero and Exhibit puts its on spin on this season's biggest trends

The inspiration: Danelle Woo was inspired by her friend, Marianna Drago. Many may not know her, but have probably seen her modelling Aijek's pretty lace creations in the brand's lookbook since it first launched. Originating from Padua in Northern Italy, Marianna has travelled around Asia in search of love and a dream — it is her fearless and free-spirited nature that became the main inspiration of the collection. 

The collection: Starting off her show on a bright and happy note with shades of yellow, orange and cornflower blue, Aijek's latest collection was a lot more laidback and fun this season — a side we welcomed. Pretty lace and broderie anglaise dresses (a signature of the brand) were aplenty, but it was the printed dresses that stole the limelight. Inspired by the geometric tiles and floral motifs found in Basilica of Saint Anthony — the oldest church in Padua — the print (an original created by the designer) was Woo's approach to bringing something old and new together woven in with Aijek's DNA.

Favourite look: Look 4 — a modern and fresh (not literal) interpretation of the keffiyeh done in a billowing chiffon maxi dress accented with mini tassels.

The collection: 'Who is Chi Chi Von Tang?' — that was the question emblazoned across the Anime collection. And if you're in search of the answer, you'll find it on the brand's signature bomber jackets, Eastern-inspired dresses and harem trousers in the form of an original comic. Yes, that's right — every comic-printed piece tells the story of Chi Chi Von Tang, a spunky and empowering vigilante who sweeps in to do justice where needed. Clearly, the Chi Chi Von Tang woman has entered a new phase — she started out as a warrior and now fights for the common good as a femme fatale.

The collaboration: The original comic strip seen throughout the collection was drawn and created by Canadian artist and animator, Mujia Liao.

Shop the runway: For those who want to get their hands on selected pieces from the collection, simply whatsapp your picks to Chi Chi Von Tang (9456 2473) and you'll receive a private shopping link where limited quantites will be available. The VIP pre-sales will close on 31 October.

The collection: If you've always envied Yoyo Cao's style, Exhibit's fall/winter 2016 runway show had everything you need to achieve that stylish status. A collection you can imagine the street style icon wearing to fashion week, this felt like a wardrobe raid fans have been waiting for. A subtle take on the biggest FW16 trends, every piece was simple yet impactful and oh-so wearable.

On point: From extra long sleeves to corsets, plush velvet and even a boiler suit, this collection will have you ticking off your FW16 shopping wish list without breaking the bank.

Shop online: 10 selected pieces from the collection will be available for purchase on Exhibit's newly revamped online store. Start clicking.

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