Audi Fashion Festival Singapore Unveils 12 Finalists for Asia Next Fashion Designer

Leong Yaowen (26) from Singapore
Leong Yaowen (26) from Singapore

Every year, Audi Fashion Festival (AFF) has handpicked several new designers to compete on Audi Star Creation. It is somewhat similar with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Audi Star Creation, part of the Asia Fashion Exchange, has announced its 12 finalists after the second round of judging. The regional fashion design competition, which is open to 16 – 35-year-old Asian citizens, identifies and nurtures emerging Asian fashion design talent. This year’s competition saw 418 entries from 14 countries. The 12 finalists are currently preparing for their runway showdown in Singapore on May 12.

Erica Devi Handika (21) from Indonesia
Erica Devi Handika (21) from Indonesia

The finalists for Audi Star Creation 2014 are Oei Shoo Jun Angeline (27) from Singapore, Keh Min Chloe (19) from Singapore, Leong Yaowen (26) from Singapore, Newman Han (29) from the Republic of Korea, Hye Ra Rhee (32) from the Republic of Korea, Hye Jin Kim (27) from the Republic of Korea, Zhou Jun (24) from China, Rebecca Corine Lam (25) from Hong Kong, Tu Nguyen Hoang (23) from Vietnam, Kata Oka Hidenobu (22) from Japan, Peh Chin Yee (24) from Malaysia and Erica Devi Handika (21) from Indonesia.

“We are seeing some very strong finalists in this year’s competition who were inspired by their country’s architecture, history, culture, societal trends and even religion. True to this year’s theme, they offer a perspective of where they call home through their brilliant designs. I noticed a trend of interesting pattern cuttings and fabric manipulation, and I am extremely excited to see the works of our 12 finalists come to life during the showdown this May.” said Vice-President of the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFf) and five-time ASC judge, David Wang.

Kata Oka Hidenobu (22) from Japan
Kata Oka Hidenobu (22) from Japan

Three winners from this competition will each win $10,000 and a year-long internship with luxury company, F.J Benjamin to learn how’s the fashion industry works from the inside. hey will also have the opportunity to develop their own capsule collection under the guidance of under the guidance of F J Benjamin, which will be showcased during the Audi Fashion Festival 2015.

Keh Min Chloe (19) from Singapore
Keh Min Chloe (19) from Singapore
Zhou Jun (24) from China
Zhou Jun (24) from China
Hye Jin Kim (27) from the Republic of Korea
Hye Jin Kim (27) from the Republic of Korea
Oei Shoo Jun Angeline (27) from Singapore
Oei Shoo Jun Angeline (27) from Singapore
Peh Chin Yee (24) from Malaysia
Peh Chin Yee (24) from Malaysia
Tu Nguyen Hoang (23) from Vietnam
Tu Nguyen Hoang (23) from Vietnam
Rebecca Corine Lam (25) from Hong Kong
Rebecca Corine Lam (25) from Hong Kong
Hye Ra Rhee (32) from the Republic of Korea
Hye Ra Rhee (32) from the Republic of Korea
Newman Han (29) from the Republic of Korea
Newman Han (29) from the Republic of Korea

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Our money are on Leong Yaowen from Singapore (Great print, vibrant colour and nice silhoutte), Kata Oka Hidenobu from Japan (Fantastic silhouette, fabulous shoes and immediately culturally identifable),  and Peh Chin Yee from Malaysia (I see women on the street wearing that jacket, great selection of fabric and colour). 

What do you guys think?