4 ASIAN DESIGNERS, ALWAYS
SGFW continues to shine the spotlight on Asian and Singapore designers this year. Headlining the 2017 event is local designer Lai Chan with his eponymous brand, Laichan. The veteran designer known for his distinct oriental aesthetics since 1990 will be opening SGFW with a showcase of his latest designs. Local designer Yoyo Cao (@yoyokulala) will also be collaborating with Charles & Keith for the fourth time, while Arissa X, which made its debut last year, will be making a return. Other new faces to look out for include Whole9yards, which expanded its reach to 80 stockists spanning 18 countries, all within two years; and Central Saint Martins graduate Gin Lee, who was named “Emerging Designer of the Year” at last year’s Singapore Fashion Awards.