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 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 our favorite looks from all 8 designers involved. If you're like us and can't get enough, check out our full albums from days one and two of the Elle Fashion Journey 2016.
Anh Ha - FW16 collection
Before we had even looked of the runway, Lan Khue took our breath away on the red carpet. Unsurprisingly, she was wearing a design by Anh Ha, the eponymous label of Anh Trieu and Ha Dang. Their autumn collection, inspired by the legend of Hoan Kiem Lake, transforms everyday outfits into statement pieces using sporty colors and intricate embroidery. The look is chic and the feel is comfortable. Like a fairy tale, it all comes together beautifully.
Anna Vo - 'Macedonia' collection
Watermelon, dragon fruit and mangosteen prints delivered flamboyance, freshness and youthful exuberance under Anna Vo’s direction. Never straying too far away from simplicity, Vo managed to blend tropical flair with a minimalism that transcended the walkway. Her collection screams '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 been on AnyArena’s radar as one of the city’s leading designers of traditionally-inspired contemporary fashion. Her collection on the weekend was true to that form. Fearlessly playing around with colors, abstract patterns and ‘Tuong’ masks, she had us wondering whether we'd stumbled upon some long-lost Bjork cover art, a Tim Burton-esque AO show or a countryside scene we'd only heard of in fairytales.
Dieu Anh - 'Denim Drift' collection
In 1998, Dieu Anh won the Seiko Award at the Makuhari Grand Prix in Japan. She was sixteen, but even at such a tender age her designs had a worldly feel about them. Nothing says that better than denim. The material and the color, "Denim Drift", are the focal points of her new collection, featuring the modern cuts she’s become renowned for. Her seamless interplay between classic beauty and modern chic shines through in what is a 1950s Vietnam-inspired display.
It’s impossible 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, is inspired by Mother Nature, with an emphasis on its feminine side. More specifically it comes from ‘water’ and what it symbolizes. The colors are thematic; it starts with a ‘drain’, transitions to ‘rain’, and finally becomes 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 & jonaspin
Photos by Sebastian Graetz
Graphics by Thanh Duong