Fashion Shenzhen Turns Heads At Their NYFW Debut

 

Debuting at any of the four major fashion capitals (Milan, Paris, New York and London) during the renowned industry fashion weeks is considered a substantial success for any designer that has been pouring their life into creating garments that will impress top-tier editors and buyers. More work than we expect goes into a rather quick ten minute show. Years of planning and learning the trend and color schematic forecasting is a daunting task in itself because no one wants to make too much of an unfavorable misstep. Then of course pushing that success into a second year with critics all around shows strength in branding and design, which is why Fashion Shenzhen has many of us talking as they continue to make waves throughout the industry.

For the Chinese labels Lizzy, Haiping Xie and Ellassay (all collectively chosen to be shown together under the name Fashion Shenzhen), hard work is beginning to pay off after years of trying to garner a larger presence within the industry and showing in London quite often before New York. While Ellassay enters its sophomore year, it still carries the excitement of a first debut. The Director of Shenzhen Garment Association, Shen Yongfang stated during her interview with CCTV News last year when Shenzhen’s designs first walked the runways of New York, “China has a unique and ancient culture, and this is a great asset. Our designers are the best, so I don’t see why we can’t make it to the world stage.” To a full house, Shenzhen delivered unforgettable designs that represented their blend of Eastern and Western influences, but each with their own artistic nature.

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Haiping Xie kept to the flora and beauty of China’s rich history and culture. There was nothing subtle about Xie’s collection. Boldly printed dragon graphics were a powerful display to the flowing sea of organza and silk layers in just as powerful hues of blue and orange. While Lizzy presented sophisticated bead work in a stunning display of gowns with oceanic themes and fittingly cut in mermaid A-lines. The crystal work glistened with models’ movement and felt reminiscent to the intricacies of underwater coral colonies. Taking a step away from couture evening wear, Ellassay delivered modern dresses and trench coats that are easily wearable and fitting for our daily wardrobe. Opting for another interesting grid lined pattern once again, Ellassay’s trench coat can be used to amp up the simple elegance of the dresses shown.

With such an impressive showing in New York, these three designers help pave the way for the rest of Shenzhen’s growing design field and continue to bring the recognition that Shen Yongfang speaks of with such hopeful words. Personally, I feel they’ve already made it on the world stage and only good things will continue to come with such determination and drive to be at their best. I look forward to seeing what designers the Fashion Shenzhen group will present next season.

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Gown By Haiping Xie.   Image Courtesy Of Mediacenter.smugmug.com

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Gown By Haiping Xie.  Image Courtesy Of Nyfw.net

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Dress By Ellasay. Image Courtesy Of Missyonmadison.com

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– STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

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New York Fashion Week Recap: Zang Toi

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Zang Toi’s Spring 2015.

Fashion Week favorite Zang Toi celebrated 25 years in business with his Spring 2015 collection.

While the designer has often looked to exotic global locations as his inspiration, his silver anniversary collection used America as his muse; he wanted to pay tribute to the country that embraced him. He showed day looks in his favorite color combination of black and ivory. He then used bright emerald, red and purple as a throwback to the colors from his first season.

The highlights of the Zang Toi show were the evening looks of the show. My favorites were ballgowns featuring beautiful silk print that depicted giant blooms of orchids. There were even a few styles that featured heavily beaded/jewel encrusted patterns that showed classic glamour.

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––Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com

New York Fashion Week Recap: Vivienne Tam

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2015.

 

Vivienne Tam is a master at mixing traditional Chinese themes and interpreting them in contemporary techniques. For spring 2015, the designer took her inspiration from the Forbidden City in China. Specifically, she referenced motifs found in historical artwork and handicrafts and executed them onto her collection in high-tech fabrics.

Landscapes and nature patterns, like waves and clouds, were printed onto handbags and blouses. Birds, flowers and trees were embroidered onto athletic fabrics like power mesh. Printed neoprene was cut and appliqued onto other fabrics in a bright modern effect.


This season also saw Vivienne Tam trying her hand at wearable tech. There were handbags that charged your phone when you put it inside. Unlike many of the clunky pieces that many tech companies produced, the accessories on the runway were so stylish, fans would be happy to buy them on design alone, and the functionality would just be a big bonus.

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––Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com

 

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INSPIRING: Quadruple Amputee Walks The Runway During New York Fashion Week

 

When Karen Crespo walked the runway at Carrie Hammer’s Fall 2014 show at Fashion Week in New York City, the audience jumped to their feet to give her a standing ovation.

“Karen Crespo is one of the most gorgeous women I know, hands down,” Carrie Hammer told ABC News. “Karen is going to inspire so many people. I hope she inspires the whole world.”

Of course, Crespo wasn’t chosen to walk the runway just for a pretty face. Crespo is actually down in history books as the first quadruple amputee to model at New York Fashion Week. As Hammer has mentioned, this woman is inspiring.

Crespo, who is now 31-years-old, lost all four limbs back in 2011 due to a severe case of bacterial meningitis. Then a registered nurse, she survived two heart attacks, was in a coma for fifteen days and was forced to stay in the ICU for half a year. Despite only a 10% chance of survival, she pulled through.

In this video, Crespo shares the details of her experience with Kababayan LA.

Crespo admits to entering a very dark phase after her amputations, but much of that changed when she watched Carrie Hammer’s model selection for her New York Fashion show in February. The fashion designer chose Danielle Sheypuk, who became the first-ever model in a wheelchair to come down the New York Fashion Week runway. Fueled by inspiration, Crespo reached out to Hammer in an email.

“Seeing her on the runway made me teary-eyed,” Crespo wrote. “because it boosted my self-confidence; something I lacked prior.”

“I have a passion for fashion,” she continued. “I hope one day I will get to show the world ‘Why can’t people with disabilities, people like me, be beautiful and model?’ Maybe one day if I ever get to go to New York I will be able to meet you.”

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Hammer, of course, was moved to tears. She didn’t hesitate to ask Crespo to model in her next show “Role Models, Not Runway Models.” Additionally, Hammer helped Crespo get a new set of prosthetics after discovering that Crespo’s custom-made limbs were stolen from her front porch.

With the new limbs, Crespo gained the confidence to go through with the show. She admits that the experience was nerve-racking at first, but says she eventually felt happy and comfortable once the audience cheered her on.

“I have a totally different perspective on things,” she told Today.com. “Maybe this is why everything happened to me. Maybe I’m supposed to inspire or make a difference in someone else’s life, someone who has a disability, or maybe just someone who had a lot of self-doubt.”

 


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Public School: The Perfect NYC Street Style

 

Public School is how I remember and still think about New York City fashion—minimal and monochromatic.  Most would associate the darker end of the spectrum for fall and winter, but New Yorkers find a way to make it work throughout the entire year.  With a closet full of black, I’m always on the hunt for design houses that take my favorite color and translate it into wearable garments regardless of temperature.  Fairly new and with a sophisticated nod to urban and street trends, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have finally made their introduction into womenswear.

While in its sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, Public School already has accumulated menswear awards and continues to do so. They’ve shown talent and drive for surviving in the industry since their 2010 induction into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator development program, and still keep all clothing production within New York City.  With so much praise to their names, I was curious to see how the pair would tackle the other gender, and was delighted to see that they are definitely on their way to dominating the interchangeable world of sportswear.  While some feel their designs are more quiet than expected for spring and summer 2015, Chow and Osborne have a long and limitless future ahead of them.

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Take a look at a few of the designs below from Sunday’s packed-house show.  It was a sea of artsy prints, geometrics, oversized fits, boxy styles and my favorite, a monochromatic palette with splashes of blue for creating additional visual interest.  I’m more impressed with Chow and Osborne producing flattering and classic cuts while keeping some urban edge, making their opening womenswear collection engaging to both the career woman and the streetstyle lover.  With such a strong start, the fall and winter 2016 line will be highly anticipated, and I am positive we will see another round of solid design work.

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All Photos Courtesy Of Guillame Roujas and Nowfashion.com

 

 

New York Fashion Week Recap: Tadashi Shoji

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Tadashi Shoji’s collection. 

 

Tadashi Shoji’s fashion show at Lincoln Center was a demonstration of all of the beautiful things you could do with lace.  There were two-toned black and white laces.  There were engineered motifs.  There were soft monochromatic laces in rich blue hues.  There were daytime outfits that used lace as a trim or inserted panel. There were simple machine lace fabrics embellished with beading.

The overall effect was a beautiful, feminine collection with a classic elegance.  For women who choose not to show a lot of skin, the designer offered a variety of sleeve lengths and hemlines.  Tadashi Shoji designs for all bodies and modesty levels.  This has been embraced by actresses like Octavia Spencer who do not fit Hollywood’s traditional red carpet body.

Capes and shift dress silhouettes were very forgiving.  You could choose a sexier look with a lot of sheer lace, or just a hint of skin peeking out through a narrow strip of mesh.  The most relaxed silhouette instantly becomes glamourous when it is executed in an intricate, embroidered lace.

 

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–Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com

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New York Fashion Week Recap: Son Jung Wan

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Son Jung Wan’s Spring 2015 collection. 
Korean designer Son Jung Wan designed her spring 2015 collection with the concept of Yin and Yang. This concept was carried through in the juxtaposition of rough fabrics with delicate silk, rich jewel tones with metallic threads, men and women on the runway.

The best menswear sweaters had a combination of thick, chunky yarns knitted with superfine, almost sheer jersey areas. The sweaters were paired with light colored woven shorts. There was one free-form jacket offered in ivory that was also paired with ivory shorts.

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There were plenty of clean white looks for spring along with deep navy, jade and amethyst. Many of the looks had a curved, metallic gold style line that gave the effect of the clothing being struck by lightning. It could also be a loose interpretation of the traditional yin yang symbol.

The pastels that the designer offered came in the form of a shiny iridescent group. Shimmering dresses and separates were paired with coordinating embellishments that mixed solid colored jewels with pearl and silver sequins.

 

-Story and photo by Mariana Leung, publisher of http://www.msfabulous.com

 

New York Fashion Week Recap: Monique Lhuillier

 

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection.

 

Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection was dreamscape of sheer and shimmer.

There was a black and white group towards the beginning of the show that featured laser-cut flowers as embellishment. The petals fluttered as the models walked. This motif was echoed in the iridescent flower confetti that showered the runway towards the end of the fashion show.

There were iridescent cocktail looks that will be popular among the affluent prom crowd. Pastel metallic fabrics, layers of sheer and iridescent finishes were reminiscent of 1980s West Coast party girls.

The models’ hair was combed back simply with a part down the middle. The makeup was very neutral, almost bare. The footwear of choice was metallic sandals that would transition well from day into night.

The showstoppers of the runway were the full skirted gowns with delicate floral embroidery. To me, that is Monique’s signature look. The dark purple against the pale lilac was striking and feminine. Look for these to be worn on the red carpet in upcoming awards seasons. There were mint green, pale yellow, ivory and pale blue gowns, also with elegant embellishments. These would also make a gorgeous bridal alternative for modern weddings.

 

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— Story and photos by Mariana Leung, MsFABulous.com

 

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