Eight emerg­ing de­sign­ers from four coun­tries brought tal­ent and verve to an ex­tra­or­di­nary edi­tion of the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fash­ion Award. By Ger­ald Tan.

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE NEWS - Pho­tographed by Zaphs Zhang. Styled by Windy Au­lia

It was a night of many firsts. Pre­vi­ously or­gan­ised as a key event within Sin­ga­pore Fash­ion Week’s ros­ter of shows, the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fash­ion Award 2018 be­came a stand­alone pro­gramme that saw im­por­tant fig­ures and in­dus­try play­ers de­scend on the his­toric Capi­tol The­atre to fête the best of emerg­ing Asian tal­ents. Held on 25 Oc­to­ber, the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion also wel­comed par­tic­i­pants from In­dia, who brought fresh points-of-view to the com­pe­ti­tion. It’s also the first time a coun­try clinched top hon­ours three times since the award was in­tro­duced five years ago— Sin­ga­pore’s An­drew Low fol­lowed the foot­steps of NewGen alumni Sil­via Teh and Phua Chun Huen, and was crowned the night’s cham­pion. He walked away with a cash prize of $10,000 and a year-long schol­ar­ship at Isti­tuto Marangoni.

“It’s so sur­real that this is hap­pen­ing,” Low ex­claimed back­stage, sur­rounded by well-wish­ers who con­grat­u­lated him on his feat. “It has been a jour­ney and I learnt so much along the way, such as bal­anc­ing cre­ativ­ity with the com­mer­cial as­pects of fash­ion.” Low’s win didn’t come easy; it was an­other hard-fought bat­tle, with In­done­sia’s An­dandika Surasetja and In­dia’s Gaurav placed first and sec­ond-run­ner up re­spec­tively. From hon­our­ing a woman’s preg­nant form to fash­ion­ing lux­u­ri­ous ac­cou­trements from bed­ding ma­te­ri­als, the eight de­sign­ers dis­played an en­gag­ing range of per­spec­tives that thrilled the au­di­ence. Ul­ti­mately, it was Low’s con­tem­po­rary mix, and eye for tai­lor­ing and de­tail, that pro­pelled him to the front of the league. “An­drew showed great win­ning po­ten­tial right from the start,” ex­plained Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Harper’s

BAZAAR Sin­ga­pore, Ken­neth Goh.“The judges picked him to win in the end be­cause he showed hon­esty, in­tegrity and in­cred­i­ble tai­lor­ing in his col­lec­tion.”

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