New designers’ wares take to runways at NY Fashion Week
One of the premier fashion events in the world, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) got started on Sept 8. Of the 69 designers whose collections were featured, 12 were of Chinese heritage.
Aside from the high-end brands like Very Wang and Anna Sui, Chinese domestic designers like Taoray Wang and Lan Yu and emerging brands like Yang Lu were also in the spotlight.
Wang Tao was the chief designer of Chinese domestic brand Broadcast: Bo until she launched her namesake line Taoray Wang during New York Fashion Week two years ago.
Since then, her brand — which targets the modern professional woman — has been prominently featured in five collections.
With her head office in Shanghai, studio in London and fabrics from Florence, Wang merged East and West under the theme of “Stripes in Romance” at this year’s show.
In 2017, Taoray Wang will open its first store in Manhattan’s SoHo, followed by stores in Shanghai and Beijing.
Lanyu is best known for its collection of wedding dresses and evening gowns. The brand has earned widespread recognition not only in China but worldwide since numerous celebrities wear its dresses. Kim Kardashian West, for instance, wore a Lanyu to the De Grisogono Folies party in Cannes in May.
Brand founder Lan Yu, who began her personal studio at the age of 19 in 2004 while she was still studying fashion design in Beijing, is now among China’s most influential designers.
This was the first time she had ever debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week.
Inspired by the purity of the magnolia flower, the Lanyu Spring/Summer 2017 collection uses Su embroidery, a traditional technique from Suzhou in Jiangsu province that has been handed down for generations in the Lan’s family and is noted for its elegance and intricacy.
Lan said in an interview with NBC News that she hoped to show her “deepest respect for craftsmanship” by using Su stitching.
“I want the American audience to see me as one of this generation’s Chinese designers who combines Western techniques with Chinese cultural influences,” she added.
Yang Lu is a new name to both American and Chinese fashionistas. A first-timer at NYFW, the young designer follows a minimalist aesthetic for the modern urban woman.
Yang said he hoped to bring some new symbolic Chinese elements to the vigor of New York City.
“China already has so many awesome designers, like Jason Wu and Vicky Zhang. As a designer from a new generation, I still have a long way to go,” Yang said.
3/4/5/6 Model displays creation from Lanyu during NYFW on Tuesday. 7
Audiences waiting before the Runway show of Taoray Wang at the Dock in New York on Monday.
8 /9 /10 Model displays creation from Taoray Wang during NYFW on Monday. 11/ Photographers shoot during a show.
1/2 Models displays creations from Yang Lu during NYFW on Monday.