Asian Designers Occupy New York Fashion Week

Twice a year, first in freezing February, and then again in pleasant September, fashion designers, models, buyers, and editors swarm to New York and make a pilgrimage to the prestigious fashion festival–New York Fashion Week. In recent years, from designers to models, more and more Asians are strutting their stuff during NY Fashion Week. Come along with Asian Fusion Magazine as we show you how these exceptional fashion icons are re-defining the face of fashion at Lincoln Center.

Zang Toi: To bring everyone back to 1960’s glamour, Zang Toi kicked off his Fall/
Winter fashion show at Lincoln Center with a gorgeous white fox mini coat, which capti- vated the audience with its vintage and classic design. Following that with a black trouser suit and saturated red organza, Zang Toi made the audience break into applause again and again. Mr. Toi told us, “I wanted the clothes to be very, very glamorous.” This Malaysian designer surely dazzled the fashion enthu- siasts and once again rocked the New York fashion show.

Farah Angsana: An Indonesian-born fashion designer, Farah Angsana, used her collection to show that “she is a woman of high glamour and culture, and appreciates the fine detailing in luxury.” As the finale of the whole collection, a Shanghai Blue Dragon Scale embellished Tulle Gown was one of the most stunning pieces of the show. It took everyone’s breath away, and earned the designer a standing ovation for her sense of artisan.

Anna Sui: Where are you guaranteed to see a genuine smile on the runway? It must be Anna Sui! In Anna Sui’s show, we saw lots of fun designs loads of colorful print shirts, chiffon dresses, and fur hats— which were sweet enough to make models smile. Inspired by 60s’ modern legends Charles and Ray Eames, Anna Sui’s designs were made to be sophis- ticated and youthful, fun and polished, all at once. Her funky chic definitely won every- one’s heart at the show!

Vivienne Tam: Born in Guangzhou in Mainland China and raised in Hong Kong, Vivienne Tam crossed the invisible boundaries of East and West when presenting her new collection, “Shangri-la Remix”, at NY Fashion Week. Tam’s runway was a gathering of street sleek tailoring, city modern, and ethereal patterns from Himalaya. Vivienne Tam did not simply aim to create a good runway show, but to take all the audience to her dream world.

Yeohlee: “The magic of mathematics” is Yeohlee Teng’s inspiration for her Fall 2012 collec- tion. With great regard for geometry, Yeohlee, a Malaysian designer, used the cloak and the drape to outline the body in shapes of circles, triangles and squares. On the runway, the selection of material expanded a variety of textures, contents and colors with patterns and prints as highlights. Even though she only presented seven looks during the show, the rich inspirational concepts from the show were just amazing and amusing.

There were other rising designers present- ing their collections in town. SACHIKA Twins, the Vietnamese twin designers, unveiled their 2012 Fall/Winter collection at Style360 New York Fashion Week. This season, SACHIKA is using a combination of wool crepe, leather, faux fur, and delicate lace, among other luxurious fabrics, to create their signature cocktail dresses, jackets, and separates. Then the Argentinean designer, Victor de Souza, took the audience back to the roots of fashion by presenting his dedicated, sophisticated, and dramatic collection.