The Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016’s Fall / Winter collection series has been ongoing since 1 November in Hanoi. Vietnam International Fashion Week showcases the most impressive collections by notable Vietnamese and international fashion designers & brands. Happening later at 7pm will be our Singapore’s Couturier, Frederick Lee’s where he will feature his upcoming fashion Fall / Winter design series.
A Little Introduction About Frederick Lee
There are few couturiers in Asia, who can match the sense of drama that can be evoked by Singapore’s Frederick Lee. Frederick Lee’s couture fashion-as-performance-art theatricality has made him one of Singapore ‘s most sought-after designers. His designs often act as windows into the future, not only because of his innovative use of non-traditional materials, but also because of his extraordinary and often challenging ideals in ‘pushing the envelope’ on fashion design as we know it today. Not surprisingly, he is one of the most respected and renowned couturiers and bridal wear designers in the region.
We had the chance to conduct an online interview with Frederick through Facebook a couple days ago. This is what he has to share with us:
1) Share With Us A Sneak Preview Describe Through Words To WOW Your Audience In Vietnam International Fashion Week (VIFW) 2016
As for what fashion is, besides being an extension of personality, or a mood, or a way of expressing inner creativity, it’s also a kind of mask. I love that you can look at one designer’s work within a given period of time and see the change, whether it’s blatant and revolutionary or subtle and evolutionary.I love the transformative quality, the effect that an item of clothing can have on the way people see you and the way you might see yourself. There’s something about that right dress that can bring out a confidence in you that you didn’t realize you had. Despite how much fashion deals with the surface, it’s the effect it has on the way you feel as opposed to the way you look that makes it so amazing…to me at least. ”
2) The Inspirations Behind Your Upcoming Fashion Design Showcase
” RED, a collection inspired from my journey east, where traditional oriental influences and flavour are reworked with a modern eye; infusing delicate floral materialize in multiple scales and come fuse with the majestic edge of wordiness, “
3) Any Challenges You Face And How Do You Divert With Your Creativity Side To Overcome Them?
I’ve always enjoyed feeling a connection to the avant garde which itself can mean either revolutionary or profound. But for me it involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way and I just simply want to create and surprise myself….
4) What Are The Interesting Exchange Of Stylish Design Pointers To Share With Us Since Your First Fashion Week In Vietnam?
It was always in the radical looks where I would swing into a fetishistic overdrive of technique. In flurries of hand painted goose feathers, they definitely add up to a primal image of strength and empowerment. As fashion takes flight in preparation of my new collection , i inevitably discover further the beauty of new perspectives and unconventional artistry..
5) Your Views On The Fashion Scene In Vietnam As One Of The Couturier In Asia Representing Singapore.
The whole of South East Asia is booming in the fashion world and Vietnam’s fledgling fashion scene is gaining attention around the globe with its most unique and exceptional exotic culture styles . Slowly but surely becoming the new fashion capital in the emerging Asian fashion market. VIFW with a number of fashion shows yearly invited designers to collaborate and get involved . It was such a good feeling to see that happening in this city and the opportunities seemed to skyrocket. increasingly, young designers are beginning to make their mark and Vietnam designers seems to grasp advanced draping and construction techniques without losing a sense of harmony and beauty around the human form, grabbing the attention of domestic and international consumers for their design adaptation of culture forms and geometry , consistently developing the fashion scene here and it gets stronger every year.
Additional Photo Credit: Tuoitre
Vietnam National Convention Center Gate 1
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