The fashion industry which was once dominated by Europeans like Versace, Prada and Karl Lagerfeld — has been transformed into a new crop of designers, many of them Asian: Derek Lam, Thakoon, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim and Richard Chai, just to name a few. “There is this understanding that there is this group of Asian-American designers who are coming up in the world, and there is a sense of pride,” Lam told the New York Times in 2010, in an article titled “Asian-Americans Climb Fashion Industry Ladder.” Parents who may have wanted a more traditional career path for their children seem rather accepting of fashion stars like Alexander Wang, who, at the age of 28, was named the creative director of Balenciaga.
In his 2012 book “The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited,” Richard Florida, a senior editor at The Atlantic, estimates that Asians make up 6.1 percent of creative jobs in America — a number that seems insignificant until you look at it from the reverse. “Asian-Americans are by far the most heavily represented in the creative class work,” Florida writes. “Nearly one-half (47 percent) of them work in creative class jobs, compared to roughly one-third (34 percent) of whites, 24 percent of African-Americans, and 18 percent of Hispanics.” The jobs that qualify as “creative,” Florida says, span “science and technology, arts, media, and culture, traditional knowledge workers and the professions” — in short, anything but the doctors or lawyers their parents may have once groomed them to be.
Asians are the fastest-growing race or ethnicity in the United States, according to a report published in June by the U.S. Census Bureau. Second generation and third generation Asian Americans have different perspectives than their immigrant parents that can affect career choices.
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Richard Chai, a New York native, began his career in fashion at an early age with a prestigious internship at Geoffrey Beene as an undergraduate at Parsons School of Design. Upon graduation from Parsons, Chai continued his studies at the Lissa School in Paris, while working as a sketcher at Lanvin. Returning to New York one year later, Chai continued to gain experience with several prestigious brands including Armani Exchange, Donna Karan, and Marc Jacobs. In September 2001, Chai was appointed Creative Design Director of all TSE brands, including men’s, women’s and TSE Say, marking the first time in the company’s history that a single person oversaw all brands. Through his experiences at some of the world’s most influential fashion houses, Chai developed a keen eye for detail, a reverence for architectural design elements, and a strong belief in the importance and value of the construction of clothes, leading him to launch his namesake brand in September 2004. He debuted his women’s collection for Spring 2005 in a formal runway presentation that was well received for its understated, yet sophisticated elegance. In 2008 Richard Chai was selected as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards finalist for womenswear.
In June 2008 for Spring 2009, Richard Chai launched his eponymous menswear collection with a presentation during Paris Fashion Week. As with his womenswear, Chai takes an architectural approach with his menswear. Design signatures such as arced seams, intriguing fabric treatments and eclectic color palettes lend a distinctly modern flair while keeping in tune with the classic heritage of old world tailoring and craftsmanship. In September 2009, the designer debuted a new contemporary-priced women’s collection called Richard Chai – LOVE for Spring 2010. Considered the female counterpart to his menswear label LOVE parallels his men’s line both in its accessible price and in its aesthetic of uniform-inspired classics refined with a modern, yet youthful sensibility. Designed and operated in New York, Richard Chai and Richard LOVE are distributed at such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, Odin New York, and Pas De Deux in New York. In June 2010, Richard Chai was named Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards and a finalist for GQ/CFDA’s Best New Men’s Designer in America.
Collection presented on Thursday, September 4th at 11am.
Supima is America’s luxury cotton: founded in 1954, the Supima brand designates an elite variety of pima cotton grown only in California and the Southwestern U.S. and prized the world over by designers and retailers who value its luster, strength, and superior softness.
Begun in 2008, the annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent and was modeled on the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of the then-teenaged Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.
For this seventh Supima Design Competition, six of America’s top design schools were asked to select one finalist from among their graduating seniors. Each finalist was asked to create a capsule collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting.
This year’s six finalists: Jenny Hoang from Academy of Art University; David Lee from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Ou Ma from Fashion Institute of Technology; Anastasia Iafrate from Kent State University; Sharon Moon from Rhode Island School of Design; and Yuxi Bi from Savannah College of Art and Design
The finalists will be judged by a diverse panel of fashion industry leaders. The winner will be announced at the completion of the show and receive an award of $10,000.
Collection presented on Thursday, September 4th at 1pm.
Malan Breton is the designer and creative director of Malan Breton, Malan Breton Fantôme, Malan Breton HOMME, and Malan Breton Bridal Collections. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Breton currently resides in New York City. He has been designing since the age of 11 and is known for his signature detailing, and fabrics. Malan Breton just received the 2014 European Fashion Council “Eirene” Fashion Award. He was nominated for a 2011 WGSN Global Fashion Award. In January of 2014, Malan Breton was named number 24 of the top 100 most popular people in entertainment, for his work in fashion, costume, in American television from Taiwan by IMDB. In April of 2014 Ranker.com voted him the 24th most famous person from Taiwan for his work in fashion.
Malan Breton has dressed A list stars: Keith Carradine, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, Michael Buble’, Martha Plimpton, Minnie Driver, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Daniel Craig, Katrina Bowden, Kathy Lee Gifford, Desmond Child, and Nolan Gerard Funk, and other prominent celebrities.
Breton’s fashions have noted mentions on the Oscars, the Grammys, Cannes, Film Festival, Golden Horse, and numerous other red carpets around the world, He has also dressed 2013 TONY award winner Jerry Mitchell on his winning night for “Kinky Boots”, and Bryce Pinkham from the 2014 TONY Award winner “Best Musical” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”In 2011 Malan Breton became the first designer whose designs were part of a packaging deal with XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii systems, and ZOO for the video game “Minute to Win It”.
Malan Breton also has a syndicated, celebrity fashion column in OK! Magazine entitled “Malan’s Musings.” His fashion coverage of the British royal wedding received 10.8 Million unique views and coverage in over 100 publications. Malan Breton was the subject of a six part Series on Bravo TV titled “The Malan Show” “A series following the process of making it in America as an independent designer!” Page Six
Mr. Breton lent his expertise to: “Cosmetic Executive Woman”, “Australia’s Next top Model”, “The Today Show”, “Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt”, “Princeton University”, “Dallas Morning News”, “Bravo TV”, “MTV Music Awards”, “Project Runway”, CBS News and countless other media outlets. Breton’s Collections have been featured in media outlets around the world; including on the hit AMC show “Breaking Bad”. The label is known for simple shift dresses made in elegant materials”. WWD…sexy, fitted evening gowns, “And for his slouchy pajama pants”. The New York Times. Breton cultivated his knowledge of menswear construction while at Turnbull & Asser. “For men he designs clothing he would wear on a daily basis, sharply tailored, slim men’s suiting,” The LA Times “A strong use of color and texture Breton is known for his colorful silk suits. WWD. Malan Breton signature fashion shows have featured dancers from The Royal Ballet, NYC Ballet, The SA Dance Company, and partnerships with musicians such as: Michael Buble’, Warner Reprise, Ariana Grande, 20th Century Fox, The Chelsea Symphony, and others. He is one of the fashion designers who feel strongly about supporting the arts. As a Philanthropist, Malan Breton Collection has dedicated efforts to am FAR, and Care and Share India (To bring awareness to this organization Malan Breton closed the NASDAQ in 2011).
This season Malan returns to his roots by presenting his Spring Summer 2015 Collection “A Journey to Taiwan.” As a designer “Breton is self taught and never went to design school. Talk about raw talent!” NY Daily News.
Collection presented on Saturday, September 6th at 10pm.
Born in Canton China, Vivienne Tam moved to Hong Kong when she was three year old. Her bi-cultural upbringing in the then British Colony, set the seeds for her signature East meets West aesthetic.
Upon graduating from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Vivienne moved to New York City, where she was infused with the energy and excitement of the fashion world. In 1994, Vivienne Tam debuted her first contemporary women’s collection of Eastern inspired clothing. The following year, Tam introduced the influential “MAO” collection that triumphantly crossed over from the fashion world to the art world. In 1997, building on the momentum from “MAO”, Vivienne launched her “Buddha” Collection.
Fans, editors and celebrities embraced her exotic imagery and passion for innovation. The Andy Warhol Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum at FIT all house pieces from these collections. In the words of curator Richard Martin, Vivienne Tam’s, “designs suggest tolerance, global acumen, and a Fourth of July faith in individual expression.” Tam possesses an “idealistic globalism that transcends politics and offers a more enchanted, peaceful world.” This cross-cultural design talent did not go unnoticed. While Vivienne was broadening her fashion imprint with major shows, large retailers and international fame, multinational corporations began soliciting her for design collaboration. Vivienne has partnered with HP, Disney, Monster, George Jensen, and Mandarin Oriental, to name only a few. As a member of the CFDA Vivienne, has enjoyed continued celebrity and recognition for her rich legacy and forward thinking contribution to the world of fashion.
Today, Vivienne Tam is a lifestyle brand that can best be described as China Chic. The collection is available in 30 freestanding retail stores and over 100 specialty and department stores worldwide.
Collection presented on Sunday, September 7th at 6pm.
Fashion designer Choonmoo Park was born in Kimje, a small town in the southern part of Korea, where her family owned a children’s apparel company. A happy fixture in her father’s factory and showroom, Park was fascinated by the transformative and reflective nature of clothing and hence, her love of fashion was born. After her family moved to Seoul, Park attended Hong-Ik University, where she majored in industrial design, followed by the Kookje Fashion School where she studied fashion design. Her industrial design roots are evident in her fashion designs and have defined her compelling aesthetic.
Park has been at the forefront of Korean avant garde design since 1988, when she launched her label DEMOO. Subsequently, she launched her eponymous line, PARKCHOONMOO. Responding to high demand, the designer opened her first retail store in 1988 in trendy Apgujungdong (Korea) and expanded quickly into other Asian markets. Since then, her designs have become iconic of a modern, architectural and yet fluid style. Underlying her edgy but wearable designs is an artistic sensibility and superb fit derived from couture roots translated into ready-to-wear. Park favors the striking impact of monotones such as black and white, punctuated by counterpoints of color, and layering to create new combinations that have become a signature of the PARKCHOONMOO aesthetic.
Park has won numerous accolades including Presidential Awards. Most recently, Park was voted one of the most influential designers of 2010. She has the honor of serving as Chairman of NWS (New Wave in Seoul), a leading fashion association in Korea and is the new President elect of the FGI (Fashion Group International) on the Board of Directors in Seoul. Park has shown her collections in Korea, Japan and France, and has been invited to participate in other significant shows worldwide. In a time when many designers are cautious about expansion, Park confidently is moving forward to launch in the US. She participated in CONCEPT KOREA, a fashion presentation and installation sponsored by the Korean government with the CFDA at the NY Public Library during New York Fashion Week in 2010. Park showed her line in New York for the first time with PARKCHOONMOO FALL/WINTER 2010, and continuously showing her line afterwards. Choonmoo Park currently resides in Seoul, Korea and New York, NY.
Collection presented on Sunday, September 7th at 9pm.
Wang Tao is a board member of Shanghai Ribo Fashion Group, Designer of broadcast. Thanks to Wang Tao’s excellent management and design, broadcast: bo is now one of the most successful womenswear design brands available on the Chinese market. In 2013, broadcast:bo had over 2.3 billion RMB market shares and nearly 800 stores in mainland China.
Collection presented on Monday, September 8th at 11am.
Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking femininity, allure and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design. Monique’s innate sense of style is prevalent throughout her bridal and ready-to-wear collections.
Monique’s love for fashion has been a lifelong passion. Growing up in the Philippines, Monique’s early experiences with fashion took place alongside her mother whose own sense of personal style and elegance were major influences for the designer. Enamored by fashion, Monique was encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming a designer. At a young age, she moved to Los Angeles to devote time to her craft and attend the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising.
The delightful fantasy of special occasions, especially weddings, has always inspired Monique Lhuillier. While studying at FIDM, this natural inclination towards bridal and evening gowns led Monique to her niche. It was also during her time at FIDM that Monique met her husband, Tom Bugbee. In 1995, while searching for her own bridal gown, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashionable bridal options. This void in the market reignited her passion to create couture bridal gowns that transcended styles available to women in search of the perfect dress.
In 1996, Monique debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from retailers and magazine editors. The following year, Tom joined the company as CEO and turned Monique’s vision of a couture design house into reality. Their partnership has grown the business into one of the most successful brands internationally which now includes a ready-to-wear collection and an array of licensed categories.
In 2003, Monique was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Recognized internationally as one of the foremost fashion designers, Monique has dressed celebrities and important political figures such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Monique and Tom live in Los Angeles with their two children, Jack and Sophia. Monique’s career in fashion is enriched by her strong dedication to family and commitment to philanthropic efforts.
Collection presented on Friday, September 5th at 7pm.
Vivienne Hu is a New York based designer. Before her fashion endeavors she had a business background and has worked in the Investment Banking industry in New York. Her decision to change career paths stems from her zeal for fashion and her love of all things creative. Vivienne Hu established her brand and debuted her first Spring/Summer collection in 2012, after a fashion degree from Parsons The New School for Design and an accumulation of industry experience at Oscar de la Renta and Yigal Azrouel.
With the initial market success of the first few seasons she formally launched her first flagship store in Soho, New York in 2013. Since then Vivienne Hu has steadily built up her customer base and gained the media attention with her truly unique and trendy designs. Her collections exhibits an amazing blend of classic European elegance, New York downtown style and a touch of exotic Asian taste, and the design concepts cater especially to professional women who have a strong sense of self-independence and a desire for displaying their femininity and personality in a unique way. Since the summer of 2012, Vivienne Hu has been hosting her fashion runway show every year. She has also served various industrial duties at request, for example the juror duty for Parsons Graduate Thesis Work Review.
With the increasing attention she has drawn, she has been requested to dress a number of celebrities for red carpet events and her designs have been featured in various media and magazines like Bazaar and Elegant. In addition to her couture and ready-to-wear lines, Vivienne also designs customized gowns for her celebrity clientele and her New York based customers.
Collection presented on Tuesday, September 9th at 9:30am.
Concept Korea is a collaborative to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market. Concept Korea is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Daegu Metropolitan City, the Korea Creative Contents Agency, and the Korea Research Institute of Fashion Industry. Concept Korea began in the spring of 2010, and this S/S 2015 season marks the organization’s tenth time showing at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week in New York. This year, three designers are showing their collections: Beyond closet, Resurrection, and LEYII.
Beyond Closet has been presenting its unique collections through Seoul Fashion week since the brand was launched in 2008. The brand extended the boundary to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York from 2013 and had 2014 SS, 2014FW collections in New York. For clearer theme expression, Beyond Closet creates new patterns and prints every season, which tells a story about the collection. The brand suggests a contemporary trend and reinterpreted classical items with witty ideas. They are unique and fun but very practical and sophisticated at the same time. Color mixing and combining different fabrics in one item of clothing gives a lot of fun to menswear. Beyond Closet is getting ready to show its 2015 SS collection in MBFW which debut a new street look, using “tattoo” designs that will be mixed, reinterpreted and melted into each piece in the classical way Beyond Closet uses to create a very delightful new look.
Resurrection Launched in December 2004, with its motto “new culture, re-creation.” Resurrection has presented edgy and energetic signature collections each season ever since, with a huge fan base made up of world-known international celebrities and famous local artists. With its edgy uniqueness in design and leading trends for menswear and integrating fashion with mass crowds, Resurrection creates, mixes and matches inspirations from non-mainstream cultures such as hippie, glam, punk, gothic with mainstream classics and formal cultures. All of these aspects develops a diverse and unique spirit into each of Resurrections designs. For the 2015 Spring and Summer seasons, with unique sensibility, Resurrection will show the design of industrial atmosphere through “casual and masculine” looks. With the use of high-tech fabric, Resurrection will incorporate functional casual wear with minimal and simple tailoring. These will bring synergistic effects that are artistic and wearable at the same time. With the mix and match of different materials, They will pursue some variety. The brand will also plan a development of creative designs that show the fusion of structural masculine silhouette, rock and roll culture, free spirit and chic high-end fashion chic.
At the heart of LEYII is feminity. LEYII uses optimum balance and ratio in order to maximize the beauty of the curved female body. In an experimental spirit in the pursuit of novelty, the designs of LEYII are expressed in a creative and contemporary fashion. Experimental detail and patterns are found even in their most minimalistic designs. There is a calm and vivid identity to the LEYII brand. For the 2015 Spring and Summer collections, the concept is “shadow play.” LEYII will develop ideas to use mysterious construction and 2D image felt in shadow play to express 3D images using patterns and textiles of clothing.
Collection presented on Tuesday, September 9th at 1pm.
Zang Toi is a renowned Fashion Designer who has built a tradition of elegance for over 20 years. Coming from humble beginnings, Zang was born and raised in a small village, Kuala Krai in Kelantan, Malaysia. He was the youngest of seven children of a local grocer. Zang landed in New York City at the age of 20 where he studied at the distinguished Parsons School of Design.
In August 1989, he opened his atelier and soon after, U.S Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured Zang in March 1990 issue and was one of the first Asian designers championed by the renowned editor. In 1990, Zang was awarded the Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year which recognizes the top, young, U.S. designer of the year.
In a Newsday article published in 1991, Frank De Caro enthusiastically noted of the Malaysian-born designer and his success, “If anyone is THE NEXT BIG THING, it’s him.” (Newsday, New York, 29 April 1991). Since that time, Zang’s work has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Financial Times, etc.
Not only has he dressed Hollywood celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Kristie Alley, Patti LaBelle, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) and Heather Graham, but has also created luxurious wardrobe for philanthropists and royalty including Melinda Gates and Saudi Princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud. Along with his passion for glamorous fashion, Zang has been an avid supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG) and has raised over USD $700,000 to help in the effort in finding a cure for cancer. His was recognized by the foundation in 2008/2009 when he was presented with the Lance Armstrong Foundation Top Fundraiser Award.
Zang’s continued success was most recently recognized by Vivid Magazine where he was named as one of the Top 8 most influential Chinese Americans (June-July 2011 issue). Today, the world continues to recognize Zang’s passion for timeless beauty as he builds on a strong tradition of elegance.
Collection presented on Tuesday, September 9th at 7pm.
Growing up with his family in Orissa, on the East Coast of India, Bibhu Mohapatra’s appreciation for sumptuous Indian fabrics and vibrant colors began at an early age. This initial exposure to textiles and garment construction still inspires Bibhu’s designs and permeates throughout the collections of his namesake label.
Bibhu moved to America in 1996, and after graduating from Utah State University with a Masters degree in Economics, moved to New York City in 1999 and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology. While working on his design degree, Bibhu honed his skills as an assistant designer at the iconic American fashion label, Halston. In his senior year at FIT, Bibhu was commended for his design skill and aesthetic and awarded the prestigious Critic’s Award for Best Evening Wear Designer. This recognition helped launch his career. After graduating, Bibhu was hired by Gilles Mendel, CEO of the iconic French furrier J. Mendel.
Bibhu held the position of Design Director at the label for nine years, where his innate talent and sense of style were revealed in the cutting edge designs of glamorous gowns and magnificently opulent furs. Responding to the rapidly increasing demand for his work however, Bibhu moved out on his own and began designing custom couture evening gowns, cocktail dresses and furs for a select group of private clients in New York, Europe and India. Bibhu’s eponymous label, Bibhu Mohapatra, launched its first collection during New York Fashion week in 2009.
The brand is currently sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and select specialty boutiques across North America, Europe, Russia and the Middle East. To date, celebrities such as Hilary Swank, Gwyneth Paltrow, Glenn Close, Kristen Wiig, and Elisabeth Moss have all worn Bibhu’s designs, and he recently dressed the US First Lady, Michelle Obama.
In January 2010, Bibhu was a finalist in the Women’s Apparel 2010 Rising Star Award presented by the Fashion Group International. In May 2010 he received the Young Innovator Award from the National Arts Club, and in June 2010 he became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In January 2011, Bibhu received the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.
Collection presented on Wednesday, September 10th at 12pm.
JASON WU FOR BOSS
The BOSS womenswear collections offer versatile fashion ranges with a rich array of sophisticated modern classics in business-, leisure- and formalwear: perfect looks that satisfy the most demanding tastes and accentuate the wearer’s personality.
Collection presented on Wednesday, September 10th at 2pm.
Anna Sui’s collections take you on a creative journey that is unparalleled in the world of fashion. Mixing vintage styles with her current cultural obsessions, she effortlessly makes hip and exuberant original clothes. Whether Anna’s inspiration is Victorian cowboys, Warhol superstars or Finnish textile prints, her depth of cultural knowledge is always apparent. “When I’m interested in something, I want to know everything about it,” she says, “I need to know what’s behind it all. I really enjoy that process.” Anna’s constant search for new ideas and challenges keeps her ahead of her times. She’s a true trendsetter to whom stylists and editors look for direction. The boundless energy and creative ingenuity of her runway presentations always make her shows a high point of New York Fashion Week.
The career of Anna Sui is a classic American success story. “You have to focus on your dreams, even if they go beyond common sense. How could this young girl from the suburbs of Detroit become a success in New York? It was always that dream,” she says. Today Anna Sui has over 50 boutiques in eight countries and her collection is sold in 300 stores in over 30 countries. Anna still has the same love of fashion that she did when she was a little girl. At age four, she decided that she would become a designer and started to make her own clothes. She mixed a very serious approach to learning her craft with eccentric ideas, such as vowing to not to wear the same outfit twice in one year. “I was completely obsessed,” she says, “I don’t know how my parents put up with me.” Before the end of her senior high school year, she was accepted to Parsons School of Design in New York. After two years at Parsons, Anna styled with friend Steven Meisel and designed for several sportswear companies before launching her first collection in 1981.
Anna Sui’s business continued to grow throughout the 1980s, and in 1991 she premiered her first runway show. The following year she opened her first flagship store on Greene Street in Soho. The boutique’s vibrant mix of black Victorian furniture, purple walls, paper mache dollyheads and rock n’ roll posters closely reflects Anna Sui’s personal decorating style and has been the model for all of her shops. The late 1990s was a time of significant growth for Anna Sui; she embarked upon a hugely successful expansion in the Far East, where she quickly established a huge cult following. She also launched cosmetics, fragrance, shoe and accessory licenses. Her devotion to detail is apparent in every one of her products, which are all intimately connected to her world. Her iconic make-up packaging and fragrance bottle design have even become collectors’ items.
Anna Sui is known for her commitment to the things that move her. Her devotion to rock and roll makes her clothes perfect for a rock and roll superstar, and her runway soundtrack is one of the most anticipated each season. Her love for shopping has made her an authority on the best shopping in every city, and her passion for interior design created a visually stunning NYC apartment. Following her own inspiration, Anna Sui continues to inspire. She is living her dream.
Collection presented on Wednesday, September 10th at 6pm.