By Chrystal Chan
Drama was clearly where Singapore fashion label Zardozë’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection was heading. The opening soundtrack featured a quote from The Great Gatsby, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy” before piping music from the soundtrack of the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie.
If that was to indicate the collection would reference the glitzy 1920s, you guessed right. The Zardozë ready-to-wear collection was designed around the concept of nostalgia and the pinning for a time long past. However even though there were sparkling embellishments aplenty, it was hard to see what was retrospective about the collection.
Metallic snakeskin in electric blue and silver appeared on the runway for the Zardozë ready-to-wear line on tailored blazers and pants, alongside modern day gowns and shift dresses that were perfectly wearable, but didn’t do much to excite. What it did however, was whet our appetites for the highlight of the show, the Panthea line.
The Zardozë Panthea line, the Singapore-based label’s couture line came up trumps with spectacular gowns, each more amazing than the one before. The proof was in the pudding; with front row A-list stars Fann Wong and Rui En showing their support in bespoke Zardozë Panthea gowns, Wong in a jaw-dropping floor-sweeping black gown and Rui En in a emerald green stunner.
Fann Wong, Rui En and Dick Lee chatting before the fashion show.