In previous years, Asian models and designers have been been taking large strides. For example, more than ever – we are beginning to see more Asian faces gracing the pages of the world’s top fashion magazines, walking the runways of renowned fashion designers (40% of the models walking were women of Asian descent during New York Fashion Week in February 2012), and featured in international ad campaigns for popular brands. Fashion designers of Asian descent have also been making a name for themselves, such as designer collaborations with national retail chains such as Target, H&M, and Macy’s. Follow our monthly series as we name the best of the best featuring Asians in Fashion.
Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama
Brought together by designer Marc Jacobs, Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama and French design house Louis Vuitton joined forces to produce a capsule collection titled Infinitely Kusama. The Whitney Museum in NYC also premiered a retrospective exhibition on July 10th. If you haven’t checked out the lookbook, please visit their site here.
Joseph Altuzarra, Philip Lim, and Rei Kawakubo Honored at 2012 CFDA Awards
Joseph Altuzarra and Philip Lim both took home the Swarovski Awards for Womenswear and Menswear, respectively. Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, was honored with the International Award. Among other winners included Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (for The Row, who took home the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year), Billy Red (Menswear Designer of the Year), Reed Krakoff (Accessories Designer of the Year), and Tommy Hilifiger as the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Meet Xander Zhou: the Next Big Designer?
Catch this piece on up-and-coming Chinese fashion designer Xander Zhou, who has consistently shown at fashion shows for the past five years (and one of the few out of China). Zhou talks about his early years, being gay – and not representing Chinese-ness in his work.