Beyond the adrenaline and parties of the upcoming F1, we now have something else a little more high-fashion to look forward to this year.

Having now moved to October, Singapore Fashion Week is coming back in full-force this year with a major focus on Asian brands, a nod to how far Asian designers — both local and abroad — have come int he last few years.

Highlighting a few, Chinese couturier Guo Pei, Indian-American designer Naeem Khan, and Malaysian-born, London-based contemporary womenswear Self-Portrait by Han Chong will all be making their Singapore Fashion Week debuts on the Naitonal Gallery’s catwalk.

Ong Shunmugam’s show at Singapore’s fashion week 2015.

The week will begin with Beijing-based Chinese haute couturier Guo Pei, followed by Indian American designer Naeem Khan, and Malaysian-born, London-based contemporary womenswear Self-Portrait.  Local brands also taking centre stage will include past and present participants in Singapore Fashion Week’s Fashion Futures programme including  Max Tan and Ong Shunmugam.

This year, the event announced it would be joining forces with Digital Fashion Week, and will now look to combine all this expertise to expand the week’s offerings into both creative arts and technology. Expect a whole range of independent designers as well as more collaborations with retailers such as Gallery & Co., Zalora, Boutique Fairs Singapore, and Tangs.

Be sure to head over to the National Gallery from 26 to 30 October to be a part of the fashionable excitement. If you can’t make it, the event is expected to be broadcast digitally on various platforms. Stay tuned for more details.

Singapore Fashion Week will be held at National Gallery Singapore, from 26 to 30 October 2016, singaporefashionweek.com.sg