International fashion week set for October
THE biggest fashion event in Myanmar is back. Myanmar International Fashion Week 2016 will be held from October 7 to 9 at Shwe Htut Tin compound, Tarmwe township. The event, the fourth of its kind, is organised by John Lwin of Star Event Productions.
“The main reason I created this event is to promote the model industry which I created. The second reason is that I want to improve the Myanmar fashion industry,” said Lwin.
In years past, Lwin said the week showcased four different shows per day, for a three-day total of 12. This year, however, the lineup has been expanded to include 17 shows.
Fashion lovers will view creations by well-known local designers, including Myo Min Soe, Ahlatt Lumyang, Min Khant and Ko Latt, as well as collaborations with international designers like Charlotte Barjou from France and Thailand’s dVIS (BKK).
There will also beo other local and international boutiques and fashion brands, like Chaw Chaw Silk and Luxury Fashion, Shwe Zar Chi Batik, BYSI, Royal Style and Fashion, Auspicious (Luxury Lace and Silk), Bridal Concept, Ophee Fashion Group, Next Generation and Yoo Club, Bossini, Memory and Milano Esmod.
“More than 100 models from Stars and Models International, celebrities, supermodels and five European models will wear the dresses. The runway will look amazing,” said Lwin.
The Myanmar Times caught up with Chaw Su Myat, of Silk and Luxury Fashion. She said it was her first time participating in the international event.
“I get to show my collection on the first day,” she said. “I’m really excited and happy about it, thanks to Ko John Lwin. I will also show my three new cheik designs in this fashion week in public for the first time.”
Ophee executive assistant Treza, who will also feature at the event with a womens-wear line, said her group is excited to show its brand in Myanmar for the first time.
“Our Ophee Fashion Group has seen success in Hong Kong for more than two decades. We will bring the Ophee brand to Myanmar very soon.”
Kachin designer Ahlatt Lumyang said, “For this fashion week, the inspiration of my collection is an Asian version of Cleopatra. The fabrics I will use for that collection are custom prints designed by me. I hope people love it.”
Between showings there will be performances by famous singers and dancers and DJ Thaw Thaw.
Tickets are free from the Star Event Productions office at 90 Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Bahan township.
Ei Thet Mon (left) and organiser John Lwin pose during the Fashion Week press conference held over the weekend.