Marina Bay Sands will be transformed into a fashion hub this year-end as it hosts Haute Couture’s finest. The year-end fashion show begins with  Women’s Fashion Week 2012 Singapore from 23-25 November 2012. This three-day event will feature this season’s latest collections such as Banana RepublicBrooks BrothersHervé LégerSilvian Imberg, Tommy Hilfiger and many more! It will be closely followed by Asian Couture 2012 Singapore which will be held on 27 November 2012 featuring Asian Couturiers such as Guo Pei (many of you, fashionistas, will remember her showcase from Digital Fashion Week 2012). Fides Fashion Week continues to shower us with splendidly beautiful clothes as Japan Couture Evening 2012 takes place the very next day on 28 November 2012. It intends to end off with a bang as it closes with the highly anticipated French Couture Week 2012 Singapore.

Popspoken was delighted to be invited to the 2nd Press Conference at the French Ambassador’s Residence to have a sneak preview at the intricate showcase of Grand Couturier Maurizio Galante. Many thanks to His Excellency Oliver Caron for opening up his private residence for this event! This press conference was presented by Fide Fashion Week and VOILAH! French Festival Singapore. Maurizio Galante, an elite designer, was as special guest at the press conference where he presented a preview of six spectacular pieces. For his show at French Couture Week 2012 Singapore, Maurizio Galante will specially create 15 new pieces that will be showcased alongside his iconic retrospective creations!

While all the six pieces were gorgeous, this yellow ensemble (below) caught my eye. Just take a look at the intricate details of the coat and the dress and their symmetry. I love how it brings out confidence and sexiness in a woman. It is a perfect outfit for a lady with an attitude who is not afraid to show her sassiness and boldness. At the same time, it is suitable for use in hot, tropical Singapore as you can simply slide the coat slightly off your shoulders to give off a delicate look that is sure to make heads turn as you walk past (see photo below)! Slip the coat back on and voilah (disclaimer: we have no trademark right over this word) it is perfect to be seen on any fashionable lady walking along the cobblestoned streets of Paris or for a meal along the River Thames, London! This outfit is simply irresistible!

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As Dr. Frank Cintamani, Singapore’s Chairman and Founder of Fide Fashion Weeks said, “It is important to first understand that Haute Couture embodies the very highest discipline in fashion. Only then we will appreciate that the future of Haute Couture must include Asia. While the focus will still remain on the rich heritage and exquisite craftsmanship that are inherent to Haute Couture, several of these Haute Couturiers have pushed the creative envelope in terms of design by using materials and concepts not traditionally associated with dressmaking”.

I am super excited to be part of this amazing fashion event that will transform Singapore into a fashion hub. As Mr. Mark Juliano, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Marina Bay Sands, said “With the second installation of Women’s Fashion Week and French Couture Week Singapore, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has raised the bar yet again as the leading fashion destination in Asia”. Look out London, Paris and Milan as our little red dot rolls out its red carpet to welcome these brilliant Couturiers! It won’t be long before Singapore joins the ranks of these fashion giants of the world!

So mark these dates ladies and gentlemen for an outstanding array of fashion designers are about to hit our shores with a storm that will make this an unforgettable week!

Women’s Fashion Week 2012 Singapore : 23 November (Friday) to 25 November (Sunday)
Asian Couture 2012 Singapore : 27 November (Tuesday)
Japan Couture Evening 2012 Singapore : 28 November (Wednesday)
French Couture Week 2012 Singapore : 29 November (Thursday) to 2 December (Sunday)

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For ticketing information, please contact (+65) 9357 4644 or [email protected] For more information, please visit www.fidefashionweeks.com!

Popspoken exclusive: We’re giving out 15 pairs of passes (each pair worth $96) to 15 lucky readers for the Silvian Imberg (5 pairs) and Maurizio Galante (10 pairs) shows courtesy of Fide Fashion Week! For more details, check out our Facebook page: http://bitly.com/VSnpOR (Silvian Imberg) & http://on.fb.me/11dDxO8 (Maurizio Galante)

Written by: Abigail Genevieve Tan