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Singapore’s annual premier fashion event, Audi Fashion Festival (AFF) returns for its 5th year bigger and bolder. Grandly celebrating its anniversary, the festival will be hosted from 15 to 19 May at the Marina Promenade, against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline. This year, the festival will be co-located with the Blueprint Tradeshow and Emporium, Asian Summit and Audi Star Creation at the waterfront and looks set to be more exhilarating and electrifying than ever before.
Themed ‘Crafting the Future’, this year’s festival will span a total of 5 days, featuring a mix of emerging and established top-class names from the international world of fashion and glamorous after-parties with headlining international acts, giving prominence to excellent artistry that will pave the way for the future.
The chosen theme for this year’s event, ‘Crafting the Future’ echoes the shared belief of all involved. [...], the designers presenting their creations at the shows are offering their vision for the future.
- Mr. Jeff Mannering, Managing Director of Audi Singapore
In the spirit of the theme, AFF has chosen Singapore’s two most iconic models to star in the campaign – Supermodel Sheila Sim who has been featured in campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Loewe, Tiffany & Co. and Shanghai Tang and up-and-coming star Vivien Ong who recently graced the cover of February’s ELLE Italia and walked the runway of Paris Fashion Week.
Shot by Singapore’s renowned fashion photographer, Joel Lim, the campaign photoshoot remained sleek and modern, focusing on craftsmanship as Sheila and Vivien are accessorised with intricate cuffs and collars from Indonesian label, Toton, aligning the festival’s stance on supporting Asian designers. The captivating make-up on both models are designed by make-up label, NARS, featuring an edgy & futuristic look, with strong eyes and bold colours being the focus. Both models’ identical asymmetrical chin-length bobs, created by Redken, lend the campaign image a futuristic edge.
Here is the complete line-up for Audi Fashion Festival 2013:
Audi Fashion Festival Opening Show presenting The House of Herrera Fall 2013 with Mrs. Herrera and Carolina Herrera de Báez
The House of Herrera will be showcasing a selection of looks from the Fall 2013 collections of Carolina Herrera New York and her luxury lifestyle brand CH Carolina Herrera which includes women’s, men’s and accessories collections.
Hussein Chalayan A/W 2013 with Designer, Hussein Chalayan
Bringing his signature conceptual designs, British-Turkish designer, Hussein Chalayan will be closing the festival with his Autumn/Winter 2013 Womenswear collection. Fully established at the forefront of contemporary fashion design, the twice named British Designer of the Year is renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitudes towards new technology.
INTERNATIONAL ASIAN HIGHLIGHTS
RAOUL A/W 2013 featuring American Supermodel, Erin Heatherton
After a successful show at the recent Milan Fashion Week, Raoul will be bringing home the same collection with Victoria’s Secret Supermodel, Erin Heatherton, opening their show at the festival.
Tsumori Chisato A/W 2013 with Designer, Tsumori Chisato
Chisato’s signature style was identified with the innovative use of luxurious textiles, intricate beading, embroidery, appliqués and prints on her designs.
Ashley Isham A/W 2013 with Designer, Ashley Isham
London-based Singaporean designer, Ashley Isham, returns to the AFF tent with a breathtaking A/W collection. Recognised for his signature draping and strong tailoring, Isham’s distinctive blend of glamour and styling has won him many loyal fans.
Zardozë Fall/Winter 2013 and Panthea 2013
Singapore-based independent fashion label, Zardozë, will debut their first-ever show at the festival with their Fall/Winter 2013 and Panthea 2013 collections. The show will close with a show-stopping, one-of-a-kind diamond dress. Made in an atelier in Paris, it features 130-carat of diamonds and is valued at over half a million dollars.
NEW GENERATION TALENT
Parco next NEXT Showcase
Parco next NEXT will feature its new batch of fashion design incubator project designers.
Audi Star Creation – 2012 Capsule Collection
Audi Star Creation 2012 Winners, Ko Youngji (South Korea), Roderic Wong (China) and Soravit Kaewkamon (Thailand) will be presenting their respective capsule collections.
Future Fashion Now (FFN)
Future Fashion Now (FFN) also returns this year for its second run featuring Asian designers including Ong Shunmugam.
The festival looks set to open with a bang and propel local fashion scene further into the international spotlight.
Tickets go on sale at SISTIC from April 2013 onwards.
Images credit: Audi Fashion Festival
Here’s the catch you’ve been waiting for!
I’m giving away 4 pairs of tickets to:
Audi Fashion Festival – Tsumori Chisato AW2013
Date: Friday, 17 May 2013
Venue: Tent @ Marina Promenade
This is to celebrate Samsung’s collaboration with Club 21 for the Club 21 phone app preloaded exclusively on the GALAXY S4 With LTE.
The Club 21 app is preloaded exclusively on the GALAXY S4 With LTE. Access style at your fingertips with the Club 21 app. Follow the latest trends of over 200 Club 21 brands, get alerted to promotions and locate boutiques near you. A secure login allows Club 21 Cardmembers to access full membership’s rewards and privileges on-the-go.
The GALAXY S4 With LTE introduces exciting features that are suitable for every fashionista:
- Dual Shot lets you take a photo with the front and rear cameras at the same time so that you can be amongst the models on the catwalk.
- Capture iconic fashion shows using Animated Photo which allows you to pick a part of the photo to move while others remain still.
- Rock on with Group Play, a feature that wirelessly streams music and photos so that you can bring your party anywhere, anytime.
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A snapshot of Tsumori Chisato’s SS13 Collection
To win yourself a pair of tickets to the Audi Fashion Festival – Tsumori Chisato AW2013 fashion show, simply email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me your name, email address and a screenshot to show that you’ve downloaded the Club21 app on yor mobile phone to qualify! Results will be announced on 16 May 2013 (Thursday, AM).
Good luck! <3
What is androgyny?
Androgyny, in its most basic definition, is possessing qualities and characteristics that are both male and female.
However, in its most flattering form, androgyny is not only appearing to be male and female, but also appearing to be attractive as either gender. This concept, having two models for the price of one, is becoming widely popular in the fashion industry.
What’s the industry like for androgynous models?
The market for androgynous models is much greater in Europe than in America. However, recently there has been more of a demand in America, primarily in New York. The agency I’m signed with Androgyn Models in the Netherlands, and as the name indicates, they specialize in representing androgynous models. During the initial interview with my agent, I asked a question and found her response quite peculiar, and surprising. I asked, “Are all your models gender ambivalent, and live their lives like I do, as androgynous?”
“No,” she responded, “you are the only one.” I was taken aback by her answer, because to me, modeling as a man, a woman, or androgynous, is me being all of those things. However, I realized from her answer that to most other androgynous models, it’s simply a job… they wash off their makeup, or step out of their suit, and the act is over. In fact, the only other androgynous model I know of who truly feels mixed in genders is Andrej Pejic. I’ve always suspected that his true androgynous personality is what set him apart from the others and allowed him to achieve such great success. I view him as a huge inspiration.
Do you have an advantage modeling as a woman because you have lived as woman?
Yes and no. I feel that if there is, the advantage lies more with the photographer, and less with me. For example, most any androgynous person can convincingly model as the opposite gender in a photograph. However, the photographer may really have to work hard for the capture. In other words, the advantage, if any, is that I understand what being a woman means, and therefore can quickly channel a very womanly presence in a photograph. With that said, I believe the real advantage wouldn’t be so much in taking stills, but rather in doing runway.
What are the challenges?
I often have freelance photographers contact me and ask to do a shoot. However, when I ask them about the concept and what ideas they have in mind, they have no response. It seems a lot of photographers get excited about the idea of shooting an androgynous model, but when it comes time to developing a concept, they are clueless. I also run into the problem of photographers wanting to capture me as an extreme on either gender side. I generally respond by telling them there are millions of women out there who are much more beautiful and pleasing to look at in a bikini than I am. My specialty lies in capturing the ambiguity in gender, not the extremes. In other words, make me look like a woman who is trying to look like a boy, or a boy with a woman’s face… that’s where my strong points are.
Another challenge I run into is one that is both flattering and bothersome. It’s the question of “how feminine does a face or person have to be before their topless photos are considered nudity?” The whole idea really begs a much larger question, “what determines gender?” I’ve run into this problem many times, especially with Facebook. They will pull my photos down and tell me I am posting nudity, despite the fact my caption clearly states I am biologically male. In fact, when Andrej Pejic’s topless photo made the front cover of Dossier, his picture was so controversial that Barnes and Noble placed all of the magazine copies in opaque bags before displaying them.
What are some of your best experiences?
One of my most favorite shoots was with a photographer from MM, Phillip Ritchie. Phillip came up with this brilliant idea to pay homage to Linda Evangelista and other female models who modeled as androgynous. However, his idea was to use a boy who looks like a girl to recreate a similar feel. Phillip gave me a series of photographs to study, told me to draw my own inspiration from the pictures, and together we would create something new. The shoot was a huge success.
What is the future of androgyny?
In regards to the question I asked earlier “What determines gender,” it was psychotherapist Carl Jung who proposed that every person has both an inner male and female energy. He labeled these as animus (man) and anima (woman), and felt the key to optimizing mental health was embracing both sides. Even Plato had similar ideas, proposing that we were all once an androgynous, blob-like creature. He continued his theory by stating that androgyny is not only the beginning, but is also the end. The latter part of this notion is consistent with my own theory, in which humans evolve into a more androgynous form. I propose that in the future, we will see a large shift towards androgyny, both physically and mentally, especially in regards to the demasculinization of men.
I base this theory on the slow and ongoing demise of social gender norms, constructs and expectations. Also, on my hypothesis that as society becomes more civilized and technologically more advanced, the demand for bigger, stronger men will become less, and the need for independent, empowered women will become greater. Finally, the greatest threat to masculinity will be from overpopulation. I propose that in order to prevent large scale overpopulation, biology will begin producing men with lower levels of testosterone, thus creating a less masculine, less fertile male with a lower desire for sexual activity. In fact, I believe it’s already happening.
Van Burnham is an androgynous model, pianist and Siamese cat enthusiast based out of Portland, Oregon. Van lives life as both male and female, with no preference to a preferred pronoun. Van holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ole Miss, and also works as an accountant. Van has been featured on the radio, in many fashion articles and also runs a YouTube channel that receives over 3000 visits a day.
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