A series of engaging and socially aware fashion showcases and talks, including a runway show with rescue dogs and a fashion takeover of the National Museum of Singapore in the Metaverse, is presented by FashionCONNECTS with support from the Singapore Tourism Board from 12th to 27th November
FashionCONNECTS 2022, a two-week programme taking place from November 12 to November 27 at various venues across the island, has been announced by the local fashion event TheFrontRowSG. In order to democratise fashion and make it more accessible to everyone, FashionCONNECTS 2022 brings together Singaporean and Asian creatives for a series of collaborative activations with an emphasis on sustainability, eco-consciousness, and inclusion.
FashionCONNECTS, led by renowned creative director Daniel Boey and backed by the Singapore Tourism Board, aims to create a platform for upcoming artists and designers with a variety of perspectives. At the same time, FashionCONNECTS wants to democratise fashion and increase everyone’s access to eco-friendly, sustainable clothing.
Daniel Boey says: “I’m so excited to introduce the first edition of FashionCONNECTS. Aside from being a celebration of Singapore’s fashion scene past, present and future, we also hope to use FashionCONNECTS as a platform to talk about several important issues that also happen to be close to my heart. The various programmes seek to support and promote local creatives, push for inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry, and to advocate for rescue dogs. I hope that FashionCONNECTS can help to further these important conversations, while also providing an exciting series of fun events for all.”
Ms Guo Teyi, Director, of Retail and Dining, Singapore Tourism Board, says: “Events such as FashionCONNECTS2022 are important platforms for local designers to showcase their creations and explore emerging trends such as sustainability, the metaverse, and inclusive wear. Apart from profiling Singapore and our brands to the world, FashionConnects2022 also enriches our stable of authentic, differentiated and meaningful experiences for both locals and tourists to enjoy.”
One of the program’s highlights is a retail pop-up at Design Orchard that showcases some of Singapore and Asia’s top designers and their sustainable and animal-free creations. Coterie by Celest Thoi, a casual-chic line by the eponymous designer, transforms luxurious white cotton into beautiful, multi-functional everyday wear, and IKV, which creates one-of-a-kind streetwear pieces out of repurposed and recycled materials, are a few of the brands on display during the pop-up. Jude Ng, a Singaporean designer based in Melbourne, uses natural fibres and traditional techniques to create relaxed, gender-neutral tailoring.
This next one is for you, dog lovers! Daniel Boey wrote a collection of children’s stories called Furry Tales by Leia for his loving adopted rescue dogs. The stories were inspired by rescue dogs. A rescue dog runway show, which is as amazing as it sounds, is the day’s main event. Children and their dog-loving families will walk down a runway while modelling a few items from The Animal Project alongside rescue dogs from various Animal Welfare Groups.
There will be a fireside conversation and book reading from the title book following the performance! Dog enthusiasts may also look forward to a styling class, which will feature gorgeous doggie and owner twin pairs, as well as special pop-ups from the custom small-batch crafts business The Eccentric Elephant and the creative design agency Black Mongrels. Additionally, Design Orchard will be dog-friendly on this particular day only; dogs in dog bags or strollers are both permitted within the shop.
A stunning presentation put together by and including more experienced fashionistas, the Silver Generation Runway Show serves as more evidence that fashion isn’t exclusively for the younger generation. The show, which was hosted by renowned veteran DJ Brian Richmond and featured well-known Singaporean models from the 1970s and 1980s like Pat Kraal, a model now based in Paris, was set to the music of the time and was just one of the ways FashionCONNECTS wished to promote inclusivity in the industry.
The following event aims to spark important discussions among men in Singapore concerning professional prospects and formal attire. In collaboration with career strategists Career Agility International and bespoke tailor Q Menswear, fashionCOMMUNE promises an insightful evening of conversation and a sartorial menswear trunk show, both of which will be held in the inviting surroundings of upscale local furniture retailer Commune. The trunk show will be led by veteran tailors from Q Menswear.
The festivities come to a close on November 23 in the FashionCONNECTS Museum*Takeover, when the renowned National Museum of Singapore is dramatically transformed into a live runway. The event specifically emphasises showcasing an extraordinarily diverse roster of designers and models, including plus-sized models and models who identify as either male or female. The show will feature interactive installations, panel discussions, and some of the best work from the upcoming generation of Singapore fashion designers. It was co-curated by MIRL, a decentralised fashion brand for the Metaverse.