Ever since I saw URBAN's instagrams on Monday, I have been anticipating the official pictures of the Lasalle graduate fashion show, RE-GENERATION. Prepare yourself for massive picture spam and visual stimulation:
REVELATION by Josiah Chua: Crazy (I unconsciously typed 'crack', and I might not be too far off on that) and visual psychedelia with prints and colors galore. The 6-piece collect has lots of volumes on the pants, contrasting prints and varying textures. Love the literal sphinx and the oily sheen on the jacket on the right (reminds me of Blumarine Fall 2012!)
Ideal World by Liu Xuanxiu is without a doubt one of the most amazing collections in the show. When I first saw the instagram by URBAN, I was clamoring for more. IT LIGHTS UP! There are LED lights on the dress oh my god. Structure meets origami meets broad shoulders and flowy skirts, and the translucent fabric for the panel on the left is stunning.
Bilateral Gynandromorphism by Celestine Wang: I had to google that. "A gynandromorph is an organism that contains both male and female characteristics." Lots of structure in this collection too, especially stunning with the sharp and pointed shoulders.
The Advent of the Queen by Maria Goretty Natalia: Regal, majestic, imposing, and definitely very very queen-like. A lot of loose strings and ribbon fabric that would probably be hell to untangle. Simple poncho coat on the right deserves love.
The Black Swan by Vikas Dayal: Looks like it belongs on a runway or something in the workroom of Alexander McQueen. Furry and avant garde, the use of sheer fabrics and different textures didn't make the monotone black collection seem too boring.
Alienesque, by Queen Marcia Ngatiran: Broad, structured shoulders are terribly popular in this show. Figure hugging silhouettes, and a dress in this collection actually featured some scale-like appliques (think Givenchy).
Celtic Twilight, by Diana Taufik: Regal white suit with a gold belt for a tinge of elegance receives 100% approval. The belts more or less pull the whole collection together, and they are amazingly done. Zoom in on the flowy peach-pink dress and you will have to adore the unique web-like straps on it.
Analogous Juxtaposition of the Thar by Catherine Chew: Wow, I keep learning new words throughout this show. Excuse my ignorance for I've just learnt that the Thar is a desert. How you juxtapose infinite expanse of sand, I have no idea, but this collection hits the spot. Can you imagine that amazing poncho coming down the runway? The prints are wonderful and she's hitting the trend with dropped waists in the right panel!
Winter Prophecy, by Astrid Angelina Rimba: Leather meets soft sheer, and I especially love the somewhat deconstructed look on the right, but I can't seem to figure where the black fabric starts and ends... hmmm...
The Ultimate Expression, by Wona Yeung: A nice change of pace from the very visually stimulating pieces we've been seeing, The Ultimate Expression is the Ultimate Relaxation, soft, comfortable silhouettes and colors, with sweet paintings like bamboos and flowers.
A Medieval Expedition, by Alisha Tukol: There are so many astounding prints in this show, and this is another one of them. The print seems a bit futuristic for a "medieval expedition", but perhaps the silver foil additions and "masks" do reflect a bit of that. I really really love the sportswear meets comfortable dress on the right though!
Linear Distortion, by Serena Chugh: There were white pieces in this collection I decided not to feature, because I absolutely love the structure in these two pieces. The added shoulders are really bold, and the huge encompassing collar in the right piece looks so.. fun.
Maiden of the Shade - The fall of the goddess of Spring, by Catharina Vania: The butterfly detailing in the top on the left is plain amazing, and I love the slight leather sheen of the fabric.
Daughter of the Sea, by Bi Yue: The jacket on the left is stunning. It reminds me of one of Valentino's pink masterpieces that made the cover of it's Themes and Variation photobook (and seeing it real live when they brought the pieces over last year!). The collection presents both a youthful and mature interpretation of a "daughter of the sea".
Macabre Retaliation, by Grace Supandy: The gatherings on the bodice on the left are crazy! There seem to be a lot of all black collections, but this one definitely stands out with the use of that.. chain mail?
Bold Beauty, by Laura Suria: I'm guessing this takes on a sort of huntsmen feel, at least that's the vibe I'm getting from the right piece. The shark bites in the pants! ! ! Very bold, very daring, true to it's name.
Inescapable Bullfight Revelation, by Mishiel: A collection that definitely resonates with it's name. I love the folded tip shoulders (it was honestly what I was planning for the Gluttony piece in my 7 deadly sins collection), and the interesting.. "veil" on the right. The collection didn't need a full-out red to signify bullfights, in fact I did this deep fuchsia did the collection better.
ILight Inner Voice, by Yeo Siew Fong: A light, fairly luminous collection. This show is definitely bringing out some amazing collars on the left panel is plain amazing. The light beige in slight contrast to the light peach-orange on the inside, plus those amazing wing-cut outs on the oversized hood.
Victoria’s Escape, by Rachel Wong: The lace dress is plain stunning. Very feminine, very sleek but still a bit flirty, and the use leather addition doesn't make the whole 'lace' concept seem too old. More structure, but this time at the hips. Looks a bit like a tiny rocket.
The Cross-Bearer, by Kartika Indah Dewi: The left panel has got to be one of my favorite pieces in the whole collection. I love the idea of fairly structure white pieces with gold embroidery (see here, where I miserably tried to sketch one), and the mini skirt paired with the oversized cape is just glorious win through and through.
I wish I had known about the show early enough to buy a ticket, but I definitely won't miss out on next year's! Stunning show with more than enough pieces looking like they belong on a professional runway or a haute couture show. Personally, top three collections would have to be: 1) Ideal World by Liu Xuanxiu: the 2 pieces featured aren't enough to showcase the amazing talent this designer has at structural, avant garde dresses; 2) Analogous Juxtaposition of the Thar by Catherine Chew: love the flamboyancy of some pieces, the flaring skirts, the dropped waists, and the very effective "juxtaposition" of a desert; 3) A Medieval Expedition, by Alisha Tukol: an edgy print combined with ready-to-wear looks fit for the runway and for daily life.
My mind is tingling with inspiration for a response collection.
All photos from Lasalle's flickr here