After three days of shows that brought together some noteworthy brands from Singapore and around the region, Singapore Fashion Week hit a high note with Jason Wu staging his spring/summer 2018 collection at the National Gallery. If it was a case of déjà vu for some, that was because Wu had already shown this collection during September’s New York Fashion Week. Not that the crowd minded at all—to be able to see the clothes upclose (instead of over the mobile screens) still brought excitement to those present last evening. Unbeknownst to them, there were more surprises in store: Wu included six new, never-before-seen pieces for the Singapore show—a thoughtful move that perhaps signalled his desire to expand his customer base beyond American shores and into Asia.

As for the collection: The Taiwanese-American designer previously explained that he wanted to achieve a “polished ease” for spring, and that nonchalant attitude was certainly felt in a breezy trenchcoat and crisp striped shirting. He also stirred in American sportswear to the mix, elevating it with sublime tailoring and the softest hues of powder beige, blush and blues, plus the gentle whisper of florals from the notes of his new perfume. Wu knack for crafting statement, First Lady-worthy confections materialised in the closing passage of gowns, including one flaming red number that couldn’t have felt more appropriate for this little red dot we call Singapore.