PRESIDENT’S WORD

LFW 6TH EDITION

6TH ANNIVERSARY
Pany Saignavong
Founder - CEO
Lao Fashion Week
Lao Young Designers Project

Celebrating its 6th Anniversary this year, Lao Fashion Week, no doubt is known as the most important and most prestigious international fashion event in Laos, which has created professional platforms for Lao fashion designers to meet and establish networks with well known designers from the international stage. With strong partnership with many international fashion platforms, Lao Fashion Week has brought prominent designers from Laos to many international fashion events and has put Laos onto the international fashion map.

This year, Lao Fashion Week 2019 will take place from 2 – 6 September at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel with more than 50 fashion designers participating including more than 30 well known designers from the international stage.

This festive fashion week will also feature Designers Pop-Up Store featuring products and collections from participating designers on sales to public where 20% of the revenue will be donated to Lao Young Designers Project. There will also be workshop on various subjects regarding fashion by well known guest speakers open to general public.

LAO YOUNG DESIGNERS PROJECT

Lao Fashion Week’s Young Designers Project has been developing young talents in Laos from scratches to professional fashion career. Every year, the Lao Young Designers Project has been sending Top 5 young talents from Laos to study and train in various prestigious fashion academies abroad including ESMOD (Paris), NAFA (Singapore), London College of Designs & Fashion (Hanoi), Fashion Institute of the Philippines (Manila), and leading fashion houses in Bangkok (Thailand). The objective of Lao Young Designers Project is to create platforms for young talents in Laos and to also give them opportunities to pursue their dreams in becoming professional in fashion industry… in conclusion, it is to create great assets for the future of Lao fashion industry.

This afternoon, we have the audition session for all candidates who sent in their works to the Fashion Design Contest 2019 under the title “Flower Pedals” to seek Top 5 Lao Young Designers 2019, who will be given fund of 3,000,000 KIP per person to produce their collection to showcase at the Lao Fashion Week 2019 main stage fashion show on 6th September 2019 together with professional fashion designers from Laos and abroad. On that day, there will be the final selection of the Winner and Runners-Up to be announced at the show. All 5 of them will receive scholarship to study and train in acclaimed fashion academies in various countries, starting from 2-month to 1-year programmes.

Before the establishment of Lao Fashion Week and Lao Young Designers Project, fashion industry in Laos was merely existed and to become fashion designers for young talents in Laos was just a dream. Today, with strong effort of Lao Fashion Week and its various projects, Lao fashion industry has become known as one of the fastest growing fashion scenes in the region, and to become fashion designers is no longer just a dream to all young talents in Laos.

LAO TEXTILE TO FASHION

Laos is a country with long standing cultural history, that includes textiles weaving culture which has been known as one of the most precious one in the world and has been transferred generation to generation for centuries. Together with the Lao Fashion Week’s objective to develop fashion industry in Laos, Lao textiles are also going to be developed and associated into international fashion scenes.

Lao Fashion Week will launch ‘Lao Textile to Fashion’ project each year to have young designers turning traditional fabrics into modern fashion wears and to bring them to showcase in various international fashion runways to establish the business opportunities that Lao textiles can be part of international fashion industries.

FASHION FOR ALL

Lao Fashion Week is not just about glamours and fame, in respect to our origin of homegrowing in a developing nation, Lao Fashion Week has launched humanitarian programmes including the ‘Fashion for a Good Cause’ and ‘Fashion for All’. The two humanitarian programmes are to work and collaborate with people with disabilities under vocational trainings of various organisations including Asian Development for Disabled Persons, Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre, and more… to reassure them of their talents, capabilities, social acceptance and independence.