It’s been 12 years since Bangkok’s fashion citizen have been blessed with one of the most exciting style feastS that is Bangkok International Fashion Week — aka BIFW. Launched as initiative to promote local designers and introducing talk-of-the-town international names to local style connoisseurs, BIFW has been a prominent fixture in local fashion calendar to which shoppers, celebrities, fashion people and design students alike all look forward.
With the event gaining more and more attention from locals as well as global spotlight, the 2019 edition of Bangkok International Fashion Week is expanding its reach beyond mere fashion shows. Designed as an all-around fashion festivity that embraces exchange of ideas and inspirations, motivates appreciation of local designers while giving stage for young design aspirants to show their work, BIFW 2019 is an integrated fashion phenomenon — a driving force to propel the Thai fashion industry to the future.
Here are 5 key highlights to look forward to at BIFW 2019.
1. Show-stopping Opener — After the Lovers by Self Portrait & Vatanika
BIFW always opens with a big, really big international name but this year, OneSiam raises the bar by paring together two fashionistas’ favourite brands — one international favoured by the most stylist young ladies and the other, a homegrown brand loved and adored by international fashion community: Self Portrait and Vatanika. Those following designer Vatanika Patamasingh’s Instagram all know she’s buddy with Self Portrait’s designer Han Chong, and now they are putting their long friendship into a fashion collaboration that would definitely be a blast at BIFW 2019!
2. The Legends, the Greats and the Highly-Anticipated
BIFW has always been inclusive when it comes to its selection of designers and it’s with this inclusivity that we are blessed with show from legend-level designers like Nagara, who’s a regular on this runway, and also for this year, Pichita. Closing the event will be Tube Gallery whereas celebrities’ favourite like Issue will bring its jaw-dropping 20th anniversary collection on the runway. Three other shows that guarantee full tent are Boys of Bangkok (Leisure Projects, Q Design And Play and P.Mith), Sor-Kor-Bor Warship by Prapakas, Friday27Nov, Absolute Siam (Iconic, Six PM, Wonder Anatomie) and Milin Yuvacharuskul’s take on bridal/ made-to-order evening collection, Milin Front Row.
In addition, more shows await outside the Grand Runway. Stop by Siam Center to discover hottest new arrivals from South Korean with a special show by Aland — lifestyle store and cultural space favoured by the coolest residents of both Seoul and Bangkok. Last but not least, Siam Center will also host another highlight runway collection from hotshot designer Kanapot Aunsorn “Asymmetry India,” inspired by the life and cultures of the country.
3. It’s fashion incubation!
Years after years, we witness young fashion students queuing for show tickets at fashion events to get a glimpse of works by their predecessors, wishing and hoping that they too, will one day make it on the runway as a full-fledged designer! BIFW 2019 gives them a chance to do more than just dream. Launched for the first time at Visionary Stage Atrium 1on GF, Siam Centre is a showcase of collections by students from 8 leading institutions including Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya Songkhla, Chulalongkorn University, Mahasarakham University, Kasetsart University, Chanapatana International Design Institute, Ragamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon, Srinakharinwirot University and Bangkok University.
4. See Now, Shop Now
BIFW prides itself as a true consumers’ runway — the stage is meant to inspire people and the way they dress, and shop for those dresses they desire. But instead of finding their way to different shops and stores at Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery, BIFW 2019 brings shoppers closer to their shopping destinations with the See Now Buy Now Pop Up — where you can just shop the runway looks right after the show — at Hall of Fame, M Floor, Siam Paragon.
Experience the 4-day fashion phenomenon Bangkok International Fashion Week 2019 with 10 shows from 15 Thai and internationally famous brands, plus an array of design works from young talents from 28-31 March 2019 at Grand Runway, Siam Paragon and Visionary Stage Atrium 1, G Floor, Siam Center. Check out OneSiam Facebook Page for latest updates.