9th and 10th of of February 2020, New York – Pier 59 Studios is again the host of two major shows from Global Fashion Collective, one of the biggest fashion platforms created by Jamal Abdourahman . Being an expansion of Vancouver Fashion Week, GFC is specialised in supporting creative designers by establishing their presence around the world.
On the 9th of February, the show was opened by Taiwanese brand WooLeeX who delivered an effortlessly cool collection. Recognised for their beautiful blend of Taiwanese culture with cultures from around the world, this collection is an alluring amalgamation of civilizations.Drawing their inspiration from Butchard Garden in Victoria, British Columbia, the collection had a flare of timeless yet modern charm. Floral courageous prints commanded this set delivering stunning statement pieces. A colour palette of bold colours and black and white paired beautifully with Taiwanese’s traditional cultures like embroidery and dragons, made for a unique and enchanting experience.
Japanese brand LAVEC was up next. Describing the collection in one word as LOVE. Deriving her inspiration from self-love, family, people, plants, food, animals and the earth, she created a collection based on sustainability. With most fabrics being 100% organic cotton and ecological meaning they are made by using reduced material, this collection has brought a new and modern twist to the runway. The colour palette was a stunning mix of black, white beige with electric blue pops of colour in between.
To close the show, Chinese brand, WMTM by NiuNiu Chou commanded the runway with its traditional and striking pieces and fierce child models. Describing the collection in one word as heritage, the main inspiration behind the collection was Chinese vintage. The heritage theme ran deep within this collection with fabrics over 70 years old and made from the craftsman with the traditional technique. The colourful palette was the perfect pairing with this historic and timeless collection
On the 10th of February, the second day of the GFC shows continued with a numerous public consisting of media representatives, fashion models, stylists, artists and friends of the designers who gathered again at Pier 59 Studios for more fashion inspiration.
Australian design brand The Arlo Studio were first up. Created by designer duo Charlotte Terry and Julianne Propsting, this brand embraces the philosophy that women have powerful and integral roles to play in society and their clothes should reflect this. This philosophy was deeply embedded in this collection. Most notably through the functionality and the high quality fabric of the clothing, allowing the collection to be both beautiful and long lasting. Each design flowed both softly yet strongly down the runway.Tailored to perfection these pieces were the perfect mix of practicality and femininity.
Next up, a dramatic entrance and dynamic show from GFC’s youngest designer Shun Oyama Tokyo. At only 22 years old, this young Japanese talent is set to take the fashion industry by storm. Using an eclectic mix of brocade and upholstery fabric, each piece was like lighting striking the runway. Drawing from an array of earth tones and silhouettes, each piece spoke volumes with its own unique personality, yet it was united by the common theme of fabric. Inspired by classic Japanese and European fashion mixed into a modern perspective, dramatic shoulder pads and defined edges made for an emotional and powerful collection.
Gigi Wang took us on a passage through time from traditional China to contemporary times. The inspiration for this collection comes from Chinese tradition. Parent-child costumes are used to express the passing on and inheritance of Chinese folk culture to the next generation.This united relationship of old and new is seen through the combination of traditional Chinese fabrics and new modern environmentally-friendly fabrics. Vibrant colours like bright orange and green.and traditional embroidery breathed life into this beautiful collection
Closing the show, Chicago based designer, Alicia Perillo drew inspiration from a William Gibson novel ‘Idoru’. Written in 1995, he predicted that the avatar will take over the world. Perillo described her collection in one word as ‘inclusive futurism’. A beautiful mix of silks, brocade and orange cottons made for a stunning show.
“We are bringing in more and more multicultural and inspiring designers each season to emphasize our commitment to diversity and innovative design.” – Jamal Abdourahman
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