Foreign Invasion
A Singapore Fashion Week Edition

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The face of Thai-American designer Thakoon Panichgul is seen on a street lamppost banner along Orchard Road. The caption reads: Singapore Fashion Week welcomes Thakoon. Further down, Victoria Beckham’s face comes into view on a similar banner. These two designers along with Diane von Furstenberg are the headliners of Singapore Fashion Week, previously known as Audi Fashion Festival. To the fashion insider, this phenomenon of foreign fashion houses showing in Singapore’s very own consumer-centric fashion week is a recurring trend.

Today, we put the spotlight on Thakoon and Victoria Beckham. Aside from both designers showing for the first time in Singapore Fashion Week, we find out 5 things to know about these two designers.
1. He is a celebrity favourite! Praised by Anna Wintour in The September Issue, Thakoon has dressed countless celebrities like Emma Stone and Anna Kendrick. And who can forget that sparkling Thakoon outfit that Sienna Miller wore to the 2015 Met Gala?

2. He was a fashion writer! He wrote and edited for Harper’s Bazaar before enrolling at Parsons School of Design in 2001, where his journey in fashion design began.

3. He has the approval of Michelle Obama! Back in 2008, the future First Lady, wore a yet-to-be-released Thakoon Resort 2009 reverse kimono dress to the final night of the Democratic National Convention – a milestone for the designer.

4. He is a celebrated CFDA member! Before being inducted into the CFDA in 2008, Thakoon was one of three recipients of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and a nominee for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear; by no means a mean feat.

5. He is highly sought-after! His collaborations run the gamut from Gap, Lancôme to the famed Thakoon for Target capsule collection in 2008. More recently, a collaboration collection with American retailer Kohl’s is slated to launch this Fall.
1. She started out modestly! A collection of sunglasses and denim wear laid the foundation, which has since evolved to include 5 product lines: ready-to-wear, second line Victoria by Victoria Beckham, eyewear, denim, and accessories.

2. The fashion world loves her! A winner of the Designer Brand of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards 2011, she was also the most talked about designer on Twitter during the Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week season.

3. She is a best-selling author! Apart from her autobiography, Learning to Fly, she has also written a fashion book, That Extra Half an Inch in 2005, chronicling her fashion, beauty, and style tips.

4. She is multi-talented! Apart from her label, she has a multitude of other fashion pursuits. She was once a British ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana, walked the runway for Roberto Cavalli, and even guest-edited for French Vogue.

5. She is quite the sentimentalist! She has a tattoo of 5 eight-pointed stars, which symbolises herself and the four man in her life: husband David Beckham and her three sons. 
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