Fashion • 05 Oct, 2016
OUR FAVORITE LOOKS FROM ELLE FASHION JOURNEY 2016
Keeping score on the ‘Inspiring Vietnam’ catwalk
“This year’s show is especially different from the last few years,” Nguyen Danh Quy, editor of Elle magazine, told AnyArena, “as the theme suggests, we’ve put the spotlight back on Vietnam.”
Be that as it may, this past weekend’s fashion show at the Gem Center was full of international promise. It felt like a contest at times, national vs international; traditional vs modern; and boy, was it explosive. To prove it, we've made a list of favorite looks from all 8 designers that were involved. If you're like us and can't get enough, check out our full albums from days one and two of Elle Fashion Journey 2016.
Anh Ha - FW16 collection
Before we had even taken a glimpse of the runway, Lan Khue took our breath away on the red carpet. Unsurprisingly, she was wearing a design by Anh Ha, the namesake label of Anh Trieu and Ha Dang. Their autumn collection, inspired by the legend of Hoan Kiem Lake, transforms everyday outfits into unique, statement pieces using sporty colors and intricate embroidery. The look is chic and the feel is comfortable. Like a noteworthy fairy tale, it all comes together beautifully.
Anna Vo - 'Macedonia' collection
Watermelon, dragon fruit and mangosteen prints gave the runway a sense of flamboyance, freshness and youth under Anna Vo’s direction. Whilst this sounds very out-there, she never strays too far away from simplicity. Instead, Vo manages to blend a tropical edginess with a minimalistic fade in a way that transcends the confines of the walkway. Her collection looks and pleasantly shouts: ready to wear.
Thuy Nguyen - 'Coc Cach' collection
We still call her the queen of brocade… Over the last year or so, the Saigon-based self-trained Thuy has often landed on AnyArena’s radar as one of the city’s leading designers of traditionally-inspired, contemporary fashion for women. That’s a mouthful. The same can be said of her collection that was on display at the weekend. She fearlessly plays around with playful colors, abstract patterns and ‘Tuong’ masks in a way that will have you wondering whether you’ve stumbled upon cover art by Bjork, Tim Burton’s own AO show or the countryside we’ve heard mentioned in folk tales.
Dieu Anh - 'Denim Drift' collection
In 1998, Dieu Anh won the Seiko Award at Asia Collection Makuhari Grand Prix in Japan. She was sixteen. Even at such a tender age, her designs have always had a worldly feel about them. Nothing says worldly like denim. The material and the color, denim drift, are the focal points of her new collection which feature the modern and hip cuts she’s become renowned for incorporating in her designs. Dieu Anh’s interplay between classic beauty and modern chic is fluent and shines in her 1950s Vietnam-inspired display.
It’s not possible to be on trend without knowing what the young ones are up to. Quang Nhat’s collection embodies the spirit of new school fashion in Vietnam. The twentysomething designer’s work reflects a contemporary attitude to life; it’s bold, fierce and (quite literally) cutting-edge.
This London trained designer’s 70s inspired silhouettes had us hooked at the weekend. Her playful mash up of velvet and tweed results in a powerful broadcast from the Giao Linh brand: I can be elegant, independent and feminine… All at the same time.
This new collection by celebrity favorite, Tuan Tran, was inspired by Mother Nature with an emphasis on its feminine side. More particularly it’s come from ‘water’ and what it symbolizes. The colors are thematic; it starts with ‘drain’, transitions to ‘rain’, and finally: lush.
Nuchsuda - 'Jirapaduma' collection
Nuchsuda is from Thailand and like her father (an aeronautical engineer) she's never allowed the ordinary to restrict her vision. Her collection, sticking true to the theme of the Elle Fashion Journey 2016, was inspired by Vietnam’s national flower: the lotus.
Don't forget to check out our photo galleries of all the pics from the Elle Fashion Journey show below.
ELLE FASHION JOURNEY 2016 - BACKSTAGE
ELLE FASHION JOURNEY 2016 DAY 2 - CATWALK
ELLE FASHION JOURNEY 2016 - RED CARPET
ELLE FASHION JOURNEY 2016 DAY 1 - CATWALK
Words by Nick J
Photos by Sebastian Graetz
Graphics by Thanh Duong