Burak Uyan’s Postcard From Singapore
Footwear designer Burak Uyan (above) and his partner, Srjan Prodanovic, rang in the New Year by launching their business in Singapore. The German-born, Paris-based Uyan, a veteran of Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, and Aperlaï, checked in from the Asian metropolis.
Singapore was a stimulation for all my senses.
As soon as I got to the hotel, I immediately fell in love with the impressive mix of contemporary design juxtaposed with the traditional English colonial style architecture. It somehow represented its culture: A mix of exoticism and fast forwardness without leaving traditions behind. It’s a city that harbors not only a successful economy—seen through its skyline and immense architectural feats such as the Marina Bay Sands and its three huge towers—but also makes sure to maintain its tropical flora and fauna, as at its splendid botanical gardens.
My business parter, Srdjan Prodanovic, and I presented the collection to an enthusiastic crowd, then headed off to dinner with Olga Iserlis, an event planner who also brought the Valentino retrospective to the city. Its culinary fusion of Thai, Chinese and Mediterranean influences tingled on my tongue (definitely was worth the mess of crab sauce on my fingers and shirt). We left with excitement ringing in our ears, and ready to plan our next presentation in Singapore. I think this experience can only influence my designs, by way of a fusion of Oriental and Occidental tastes.
Plus, for more Burak Uyan, check out our Spring 2011 Accessories Index.