The second night of this year’s fashion week was opened by revered designer Mogok Pauk Pauk of FGM fame, whose models flaunted her signature wavy acheik to the beat of a thumping I’ll Follow Rivers remix.

Over 100 models will strut down the sideway in the three-night event at Yangon’s Shwe Htut Htin compound by John Lwin, who put the numbers last night at about 1,500 people—including some of Myanmar’s famous faces and fashionistas.

It was John Lwin’s fifth fashion week in the country, and he told Myanmore at the show that unlike overseas Myanmar does not have seasonal trends; instead the focus is more on traditional dress.

Mogok Pauk Pauk showcased tradition mixed with contemporary— haute couture that would seamlessly spill into the mainstream, with subtle gowns and dresses, and slightly bolder flares of turquoise and deep blue. But perhaps her best was a purple and black gown breaking off at the hips into ribbons.

The audience, too, was treated to a festive snowy white collection and catching lilac numbers. The designer came out at the end to bask in the crowd’s appreciation.

Lengthy make-up demonstrations from sponsor Hearty Heart and adverts divided the shows. And then came deep house, models in a trance donning the creations of May Myat Waso: skirts, jackets, and suits, each outfit sticking to one color and every model wearing gloves.

After a sassy walker bouncing in a fluffy pink jacket completed the catwalk, the lights snapped blue and a rather somber-looking model wearing a dark olive robe stepped out.

Cue the warbling of an opera singer over electro and a flurry of evening gowns. The mood turned matrimonial, with a Western-style wedding dress topped with a colorful Elizabethan collar and soon after a regal model who traipsed along—four bridesmaids on her tale—in something of a fashion coronation.

The night was a showcase of fashion’s new wave in Myanmar. Sandy Linn Naing showcased pastel-colored garments, some peachy, some with bows, and sophisticated htameins with dashes of glitter. The set fitted well an unhurried and base-y take of Delibes Lakme’s The Flower Duet.

Talent Khit Mann and Shartra completed the night, earning praise from John Lwin who said all the designers did well. But there is scope to be more adventurous for next year, he said.

“Normally they try to sell the Myanmar tradition in the show but overseas they play on the different designs. Myanmar is still the same thing but they should be do in the future more interesting outfits,” he added.

“[Designers] are also afraid people don’t want to buy their outfits so they still keep on doing the traditional one.”

The final night includes tuxedoes and blazers for men from designer Ma Mya Pwint Phyu at 7pm. Stay tuned for coverage.

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