Now onto its fourth year, Audi Star Creation is a fashion design competition organised by the Textile & Fashion Federation of Singapore that provides young, raw Asian talent a platform to launch their fashion careers. The event culminates each year with a showcase featuring entries from its top three, alongside the capsule collection debut of winners from its previous year.

AUDI STAR CREATION 2013 WINNERS CIRCLE
Fresh off their wins at the ‘InspirAsian’-themed Audi Star Creation 2013 on May 13th, Vietnam’s Vu Ta Linh, China’s Sun Yi Jin and Singapore’s Haziq Putra took their prized mini-capsules to the Audi Fashion Festival runway on Friday. The quick introduction celebrates the start of their one-year internship with FJ Benjamin, which will mentor their maiden capsule collections to launch at Audi Star Creation 2014.

VU TA LINH (VIETNAM)

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26-year-old Vu Ta Linh won the judges over with ‘The Contour’, a womenswear collection that used stitching, weaving, embroidery and other traditional techniques to capture the curves and outlines of his native Vietnamese heritage icon – the Ruong Bac Thang rice terraces in Sapa. The relaxed draping and fit of the collection depicted a haunting andro-nomadic feel, as the layers of grey gave it depth and movement.

SUN YI JIN (CHINA)

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At the tender age of 24, Sun Yi Jin’s womenswear collection proved wise beyond her years, drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese costumes and handcrafting techniques of 56 ethnic groups, some of which, have been lost over time. And yet, it came across as cutting edge and modern; each separate piece fit for the streets of any fashion capital across the globe. Rating high in aesthetic, craftsmanship, tailoring and marketability, Sun’s collection was a shoo-in.

HAZIQ PUTRA (SINGAPORE)

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Barely legal, 21-year-old Haziq Putra has much to scream about. In addition to his SG$10,000 prize money, an internship with FJ Benjamin and the chance to launch his maiden capsule collection at Star Creation 2014, Haziq also won the Audi Young Designer Award and an additional SG$10,000 cash prize. Inspired by a trip to Kelantan, Haziq incorporated the wau bulan (a kite native to the Malaysian state) and the ikan pari (stingray) in progressive shapes and structure to his street menswear collection.

AUDI STAR CREATION 2012 WINNERS’ CAPSULE COLLECTION DEBUT
The second part of the Audi Star Creation showcase took us right where last year’s Star Creation winners left off – only this time, armed with a year’s experience under the mentorship of Douglas and Odile Benjamin.

KO YOUNGJI (SOUTH KOREA)

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Having recently graduated from France’s l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode with a degree in fashion design and tailoring, Ko Youngji will launch her own label, Deuxy, this year, with plans for it to go global within five years. Ko’s collection is a reflection of her time spent in France, drawing inspiration from Parisian buildings and in particular, their doors. While I felt that the collection didn’t offer a strong enough perspective, there’s no denying Ko’s strength in lines and darting. ‘La Porte’ also debuts a new fabric Ko created – a mixture of silk, knits and polyester – especially for her collection.

RODERIC WONG (CHINA)

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‘Inspiration’ sees Roderic Wong revisit and build upon the mini-capsule that also garnered his Audi Young Designer Award last year. Wong very ambitiously focused his collection on material manipulation, ranging from elegant lightweights like satin and silk to heavy fabrics such as wool, velvet and pashmina. While his lines, structure, detailing and re-texurisation were spot-on stunning, it was very obvious in which fabrics his strengths lie. Wong plans to release a ready-to-wear and bridal gown (designing his fiancée’s gown piqued an interest) collection later in November this year, in both Singapore and Shanghai.

SORAVIT KAEWKAMON (THAILAND)

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24-year-old Soravit Kaewkamon left a lasting impression with us last year, with a four-piece menswear entry inspired by ‘Love and Friendship’, depicting high impact within polished details. ‘Beauty of Hornbill’, her capsule for 2013, takes her winning concept further – this time, in womenswear form. The result gives new meaning to the modern power lady, with finer digital prints, more intricate laser-cut detailing, and harsher structures. Kaewkamon plans to launch her own label, Por, in her native Thailand this year.

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Image credit: Jonathan Liu