Kiata Kwanda showed at Singapore Fashion Festival last year together with 4 other young Asian designers. Brought up in a traditional Chinese family, he is strongly influenced by Asian cultures and incorporates Oriental lines and forms in his designs.
His past spring 08 collection is truly avant-garde, reflecting his design aesthetics and attention to details and fabric. It expressed both his individuality and roots as an Asian designer, with the use of traditional chinese knots and intricate pleats. In his clever juxtaposition of sheer and tough black fabric, his clothes appear sleek and stylish, yet a far cry from commercialism.
While Singapore is giving SFF a miss this year in preparation for a bigger event in the year to come, I really hope that they will continue to bring in more rising Asian designers like Kiata Kwanda who are cutting-edge and innovative.