Text and Photography by Jessica Ye

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“I SEE DEAD PEOPLE… EVERYWHERE”

Loud screams and scary flashing of red lights soon ensued after the ominous quote from The Sixth Sense movie sounded, right at the opening of Singapore’s very own couturier Frederick Lee‘s show.

The feeling was so surreal yet real, almost like we were propelled into another otherworldly realm. Such is the mastery that we have witnessed yesterday at the pristine grounds of FIDé Fashion Weeks 2013 at Marina Bay Sands.

Raising all levels with cleverly thought-through theatrics, thrilling beats and eerie echoes from tracks soon filled the air and heighten the atmosphere to many climaxes. Like a prelude to Halloween, it hints largely at influences of horror films, Black Swan, Edward Scissorshand and notable scary flicks from the past. We were almost convinced that something monstrous or macabre might even come out and take over the runway. That, of course, didn’t happen.

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What happened though, was a glorious sightings of majestic gowns after gowns. It was like a gothic fantasy, where one’s inner dark side is channeled with bold spectrums of black, luscious fur, feathers fixed and trickled with luxe diamante and exquisite rhinestones.

Dresses were cloaking the stage. The vibe was almost vicious and pulsating. The woman’s contour is further enhanced with amazing cuts and curves in the silhouettes of the dresses, and a juxtaposing burst of colours and blood reds is sparked in the sea of mystic blacks. 

It was almost like a dark angel came to ignite the stage on fire, which was further reiterated by two tattooed arch-angels who accompanied the models as they dominate the runway.

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Amplifying the atmosphere, thick black eyeliners and solid dark makeup were also not spared in this fixation of the death look. Created so precisely and appropriately by the M.A.C. makeup team and Neville Hair and Beauty from London, headed by famed head hairstylist Stephen Low himself, the thick powder, dark purple lips and defined splash of electric-blue brows and rimmed eyes further emphasise a fierce and domineering stance of the models.

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“There is something beautiful about the creative process, the birth of an idea and the commitment to creation. Just like you, I am always curious about the world. Balancing a complex life. Wishing to contribute. Making dresses is a meditation and with each piece, I hope to give a gift that inspire others to explore their own creativity. From my hands to yours. We are all in the process together. We are all creators.” – Frederick Lee

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The immense innovation and craftsmanship in the entire show is a journey to behold. Last night’s show was just a capture of a moment in time. But we know that the true fashion entity to a collection and its concept is a precious thought from the designer himself.

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The shackles may overwhelm, the lights may delve on the act of sinister drama, but we know that that is just a figment of a majestic conclusion; one that is creature-like, almost like a bird with antlers and an extend cape-like sleeve of never-ending feathers. Grand and rich with ombre gold, it seemingly takes flight at a new proposition, a new tomorrow perhaps. 

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We are truly inspired and amazed by the amazing visionary of our very own Singapore Couturier Frederick Lee – a master to behold. And of course, the multi-talented fashion producer Daniel Boey and his team (above) for producing such a wonderful and impactful couture tale. 

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More from Frederick Lee can be found at frederickbridal.com

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Posted by:Jessica Ye

Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Couture Troopers. Former editor of Designaré Magazine and a first class honours graduate of LASALLE's BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries Degree. She is a true-blooded leo who thinks that over-commercialism kills art.

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