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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 1:09pm
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Asian Couture 2012 Singapore: Japan plays starring role

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Fashion Editor Jing Zhang gives you the inside scoop on style trends, Fashion Weeks, industry news and events in Hong Kong, Asia and internationally. There will be live updates from biggest fashion shows and often daily uploads of the best collections and collaborations. Read for the latest insights on top designers, eccentric local labels, plus what is trending in global and Greater China fashion. Jing was born in Guizhou, China and grew up in Hong Kong and England. Follow her on Twitter @jingerzhanger
 

Day two of Singapore's second ever couture week was devoted to Japanese designers.

A young rising star Somatra, the chicest woman in Japan Junko Shimada and the grand dame of Japanese couture Yumi Karsura showed off their wares to a glamourous audience full of stylish young Japanese, as well as a special guest, the legendary Kenzo Takada.

The first two designers took a step toward the blurring lines between couture and ready-to-wear with a combination of the wearable and more fantastical.

Maharaja turbans topped off exotic Indian and Arab inspired outfits in delightfully crisp fabrics in Shimada's show.

Somatra gave us intricately hand-beaded jumpsuits with wild superhero style metallic embellishments.

And Katsura, true to her decades-long style, evoked sweetheart bridal princesses of Disney proportions. 

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