SINGAPORE — Singapore Fashion Week launched Wednesday night with Diane von Furstenberg’s fall 2015 collection, drawing a diverse crowd that included Miroslava Duma and Thakoon Panichgul, who will be showing his own collection later in the week.
Duma, creator of digital fashion and lifestyle magazine Buro 24/7, was in the Southeast Asian capital for the launch of its Singaporean iteration earlier in the day. Seated nearby were Mia Moretti and Margot, a New York-based DJ duo who recently opened for Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour in Asia, and Brittany Hampton, season one winner of von Furstenberg’s E! reality show “House of DVF” and now the brand’s global ambassador.
After the show, Joey Mead, a television personality and judge on Asia’s “Next Top Model,” gushed about von Furstenberg’s collection and the chance to meet her in person.
“She knows how to speak to a woman; she knows the different categories and the different moods, and how we want to feel when we wear her piece,” Mead said. “They just honed in to class, simplicity and art put together. The cherry on top was seeing her walk out and being so appreciative to be here.”
For Singaporean radio personality Rosalyn Lee — better known as Rozz to locals — the show expanded her view of von Furstenberg’s designs.
“My impression of Diane von Furstenberg is wrap dresses, so I definitely saw a lot of different things.”
Earlier in the day, von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — which is partnering with Singapore Fashion Week this year — held an informal talk at Lasalle College of Arts, where she revealed her start in the fashion world and how her view of her most iconic creation has evolved over the years, culminating into an exhibition last year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
“I always knew I owed a lot to this wrap dress because it made me rich, but sometimes I took it for granted and I even resented it because people always associated me with it and I would think, ‘I can do other things as well,’” she said during the hour-long conversation. “But this time, when I devoted the whole exhibition to one dress, I realized not only the impact it had on me, but what the impact it had on society for four decades. And that was clearly amazing.”
After the talk, she took selfies with fans; some brought along her memoir, “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” which she gamely autographed.