Fash­ion­able China

New de­sign­ers’ wares take to run­ways at NY Fashion Week

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com Judy Zhu in New York con­trib­uted to this story

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.

HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY JUDY ZHU / FOR CHINA DAILY

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.

JUDY ZHU / FOR CHINA DAILY

1/2 Mod­els dis­plays cre­ations from Yang Lu dur­ing NYFW on Mon­day.

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