2013 Fall New York Fashion Week – Meet the Asian Designers and models

2013 Fall New York Fashion Week

Meet the Asian Designers and models


Anna Sui : Photos by Scott Jung

(By Man lin Lai)

A feast for the eyes every February in New York is definitely the Fashion Superbowl of Style— Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Week took place from February 7-14 at Lincoln Center. Although New York had been through a serious snowstorm, that didn’t prevent serious fashionistas from attending the many shows.

Recognized for their inspiring work, Asian designers have garnered massive media attention along with many accolades. Legends like Anna Sui, Vera Wang, and the young Asian designers of today, including Jason Wu and Alexander Wang are some of the most ubiquitous names in fashion. New York being the melting pot that it is, more and more young Asian talents are coming here to master the art of fashion design and showcase their talents to the world. Let’s review some of the Asian designer’s 2013Fall/Winter shows together! “

Concept Korea” is a collaborative project to introduce Korean culture to an international audience through fashion and Fall/Winter 2013 is its 7th season since Fall/Winter 2010. For this season, the five designers chosen were CHOIBOKO by Choiboko, CRES.E DIM. by Hongbum Kim, KYE by Kathleen Kye, Lie Sang Bong by Lie Sang Bong, and SON JUNG WAN by Song Jung Wan, and the theme of it was Rhythm of Korea.

“Fashion does not dress the body, it dresses the soul,” is the brand concept of “CHOIBOKO.” Choi featured black, white and red with mixed materials like felt, mink and wool with abstract patterns. “CRES.E DIM” was full of heavy leather throughout the collection from pants, skirts, jackets, hoods and outwear.

“KYE” used bright gold color laden with graffiti for her main collection. The opening of “Lie Sang Bong” started with a glowing hat on a grid pattern dress, and two unexpected fuchsia dresses at the end. “SONG JUNG WAN” created feminine and ladylike outwear with a neutral colors, lots of fur and, of course, the must have of the fall-winter season, leather.

Zang Toi got his inspiration from the Faberge egg and Peterhof Palace. His showstopper was stunning, fabulous, luxurious and opulent! The show started with an amber loro piana cashmere Faberge coat with attached fox. The grand finale was a breath-taking ballroom gown with silk velvet. For his remarkable and magnificent evening gowns, he received a standing ovation from the entire crowd.

Some of the designers opted for a presentation at the tents. The presentation of “Leather Japan” was whimsical; making it more of a mini concert. With sake served at the entrance, a 10 piece Japanese punk based band, Turtle Island, performed wearing costumes made by Blackmeans in the middle of the room under dim light. Eight leading Japanese brands, genten, Blackmeans, ED ROBERT JUDSON e.m., Hender Scheme, INI, KENJI AMADANA, and Sasquatchfabrix teamed up together for this presentation.

Brandon Sun got his inspiration from the mystical interiors designed by Axel Vervoodt, drawing on eastern influences with a western perspective. He featured black and grey with lots of mixed materials, including lamb skin, leather, satin, fur, lace, and silk.

Man Ray’s evocative photographs of his muses Kiki du Montparnasse and Lee Miller provide the inspiration for the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Bibhu featured black, white, grey, and ivory in his main collection along with leather, lamb, chiffon, silk, organza and satin.

The 2013 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week was a great success. We continue to look forward to seeing more talented Asian designers shine bright in the world of fashion.