>Another participant at the show is Ms Izumi Ogino, the creative director of Anteprima,who found success by going back to her roots. Born into a family renowned as one of the top obi suppliers of Japan, she creates pieces that are simple, sophisticated and sexy.
Celebrating the label's 15th anniversary, the preview of the Autumn/Winter 2008 collection at the Singapore Fashion Festival is the first outside of Milan, where it was launched in February. Themed Contrasts Of Women, the collection attempts to "find harmony between classic and futuristic". For instance, it uses sepia black and melanzana vis-à-vis Tartan, and soft graphics. A contrasting use of fabrics such as Mohair wool and high-tech coating adds to the intrigue.