Dramatic open to Singapore Couture Week
Singapore Couture Week opened Tuesday night with a dramatic show by Beijing-based couturier Guo Pei. She was followed by Thailand's Asava, Hong Kong's Barney Cheng and Mongolia's Torgo.
Even though the show was 90 minutes late and lasted a staggering one hour (almost unheard of), excited crowds were full of anticipation for the designer's opening dramatics.
Kicking off a week that brings Asian couturiers with Western Paris based ones, Pei's ode to Imperial China in 'Legend of the Dragon' was as dramatic as it sounds. But when we met Guo backstage though, three hours before show time, the designer seemed incredibly zen.
Guo's stunning workmanship and penchant for the theatrical and ornamental had the French foreign fashion press sitting next to me muttering "c'est incroyable!" throughout her catwalk.
Audiences were impressed, and breaking out into applause regularly. Judging from the impossibly towering shoes Guo loves to use, I'm also impressed that only one model managed to take a little tumble.
The wearability factor for these clothes are pretty low, but I doubt that's what she is aiming for. If couture is about pure fantasy, mind boggling workmanship and sartorial magic, then Guo Pei has, quite literally, struck gold.