Asian Designers Shine at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
(By Silvia Yen)
The start of the new year brings fresh beginnings and exciting changes to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013 Collections. For the fashion industry, this week (February 7-14, 2013) is not only a debut for the latest Fall 2013 collections presented for the general public, but also a platform for talented designers writing the next chapter in their professional career.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is always the stage for international designers to introduce their collections to the American market and establish relationships with the global audience of media and industry professionals. Let’s take a look at these incredible Asian designers’ new work!
Starting on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this time, Tadashi Shoji’s runway show highlighted my fashion week with those breathtakingly beautiful looks. For his Fall 2013 collection, he got his inspiration from “the rise and fall of the Russian Empire”. The collection not only had distinct looks, but was also full of various red-carpet-ready gowns. Playing with texture and staying to his signature feminine aesthetic, Tadashi created elegant and detail-laden looks by incorporating delicate lace, velvet, vibrant red and blue into the looks. The result is a gorgeous blending of intricate lace work, aristocratic vestments, romantic creations and folk costumes.
Son Jung Wan
Out of the Concept Korea group of designers, Son Jung Wan has found her own spotlight and stage. This year, her Fall 2013 collection presented Upper East Side elegance and romance by editing well-tailored blazers over ladylike skirts and featuring wool and furs on oversized coats. One can imagine strong shouldered jackets with fur collars being seen on 5th Avenue this 2013 Fall and Winter season. For this season, Son Jung Wan’s feminine and modern looks were well combined simple colors, interesting designs and a smart touch of richness by the addition of fur trims.
This season, Vivienne Tam’s Fall 2013 collection was influenced by “ American and Chinese pop culture,” a great fusion of East meets West. The elements of this collection included the icon of President Obama, punk, military, Chinese letters and pop culture. Fashion and politics don’t usually mix up; however, Vivienne expertly combined the icon of a laughing sunglass-clad Obama over intense red, white and black silk to create interesting and mind-blowing images.
Leather Japan Fall 2013 collection is not only a combination of eight different brands, but also a mix of traditional Japanese garments with asymmetrical leather items. What was more interesting was a Japanese punk band (Turtle Island) performing inside of encased diaphanous fabric set on a stage while models were presenting leather goods.
Anna Sui’s Fall 2013 show opened with a choreographed dance with models Karlie Kloss, Jamie Bochert, and Hillary Rhoda set to the tune of French cover band Nouvelle Vague’s music. For this season, Sui’ collection was inspired by Jean Luc Godard’s films. The looks of this collection were about the women of that time, including Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot. On top of that, the collection was fun, colorful and playful with the use of bold colors and graphic patterns.
Son Jung Wan