GAIRO JU, JOHNATHAN HAYDEN, RYAN LI, REBECA REBECA GFC I SS20 RFWT


TOKYO, JP- October 17th, 2019 – Moody colour palettes, artistic fabric manipulations, and a dramatic atmosphere set the stage for the first show from Global Fashion Collective at Tokyo’s Hikarie Hall.

Gairo Ju

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Japanese brand Gairo Ju was first up on the runway. Driven by a desire to encompass design for your day-to-day rather than society, designer Takanobu Kubo produces garments that embody the wearer’s identity. Opening with intricate mandala-style patterns on flowing fabric the runway parade transitioned into intelligent fabric manipulations and patchwork detailing as models walked to a dramatic battle-style soundtrack.

A colour palette of dusty blue subtly developed into neutral, earthy tones with pops of statement mustard. Gairo Ju’s SS20 collection stayed true to it’s hypothesis for a forward-thinking fashion for the future. 


Johnathan Hayden

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Design is a two-sided conversation. This is what multidisciplinary designer, Johnathan Hayden seeks to explore in his SS20 collection. Crafted from repetitive and simple techniques, Hayden wishes to examine growth and life when faced with the opposite.

Multiple variants of silhouette walked the runway from exaggerated sleeves and ruffles to drop-waists and boxy shapes. Monochromatic contrasted against vibrant yellows and blues made for a self-aware offering from the US-based designer. 


Ryan Li

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Next to take the runway was British Columbia-based designer, Ryan Li. Appearing from the darkened entrance on top of an energetic soundtrack, one-by-one designs with strong shoulders and asymmetrical tailoring set the scene for futuristic and statement SS20 collection.

Seeking to pose questions to the existing framework of fashion, models clad in robot-style masks juxtaposed against feminine fabrics was an ode to Li’s wish to deliver a sense of the rebellious with a futuristic outlook. This coupled with Li’s inspiration from vibrant Japanese streetwear culture made for a stand-out body of work from the Nancy Mak Award winner.  



Rebeca Rebeca

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Rebeca Rebeca debuted their SS20 collection onto the Tokyo runway, creating a new world where materials take on different forms. Cuts of fabric and elements of nature made the structure for striking silhouettes that were inspired by traditional womenswear staples, such as petticoats and corsets, reimagined in the form of painted tree branches. Multiple shades of moss green and sultry floral patterns transported the audience into a world where nature is our source for all – pushing the boundaries of conventional couture and exploring what is possible to wear as clothing.

Drawing attention to the need for greater environmental awareness and accountability, Norway-based designer, Rebeca Herlung Høien poignantly highlighted the necessity for increased sustainability within the fashion and textile industries in a compelling SS20 collection.

MORPH8NE, HAUS ZUK GFC II SS20 RFWT

TOKYO, JP - October 17th, 2019 – Whimsical story-telling and colourful theatrics set the pace for the second offering from Global Fashion Collective at Tokyo’s Shibuya Hikarie Hall. 

MORPH8NE

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Cross My Heart was first up on the GFC stage, an SS20 collection by Thailand based fashion label, Morph8ne. Ominous music set the atmosphere for a seamless fusion of Gothic, Lolita and Punk to envelop the runway in a monochromatic display of fairy-tale inspired designs. Silks, tartans, velvets and oversized tailoring made for an eclectic display with the central symbol of a heart always present.

A constant throughout the collection, the heart motif manifested in the form of elaborate headwear, bra-tops and stuffed toys on the shoulders of models. A symbolic mascot for the brand, the heart aims to represent both its essential part at the core of all of us as well as the intense emotions and power of everlasting love. Morph8ne’s SS20 collection, and the three designers behind it, seek to depict three phases of life, Lolita, Punk and Gothic – mirroring youth adolescence and maturity through physical garments. 


HAUS ZUK

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Designer Peter Zuk for Vancouver based brand Haus Zuk was inspired by his desire to shake-up the gender-conforming and binary style of the runway for his graduate collection, OVERDOSE. The shadowy runway was suddenly lit with loud and audacious designs. Zuk’s SS20 collection intends to draw on the LGBT community and queer nightlife.

An energetic runway held the stage for a vibrant and fun colour palette, from pastel blue wigs to neon pink teddy bear heads – Zuk reached back to his past in the cosplay community and love of video game culture, to create fantasy-inspired garments. A thumping soundtrack kept energy levels high as the finale saw Zuk joining his models in a signature parade down the runway to close GFC’s final show of the season in dramatic style. 

OZLANA PRESENTED BY GLOBAL FASHION COLLECTIVE SS20 PFW

PARIS, FR –September 30th, 2019. Australian outerwear brand OZLANA debuted their SS20 collection beneath a spectacular Parisian ceiling as Global Fashion Collective walked a Paris runway for the first time.

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The magnificent venue was the perfect setting for OZLANA’S star-sprinkled collection The Neverland. A celebration of the surreal and enigmatic, the brand’s debut Paris show turned the runway into a sea of glimmering crystals, speckled across layers of delicate tulle and fine georgette with each design drawing the audience further into its fairy-tale land.

The ethereal and magical atmosphere was matched with a dreamy colour palette of powdery pastels and mossy greens developing from a cascade of midnight twinkling designs. A playful personality underscored the collection with references to childhood and magical creatures with Bugs Bunny and swan motifs seen on sweaters and cardigans draped underneath world-renowned Kopenhagen fur.

A series of fur-lined hooded parkas sparkling with silver embellishments beautifully caught the light in a showstopper of a finale. In Paris, OZLANA’S wondrous dreams of a fairy-tale land came true beneath a glittering Paris sky.

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EMULEOS, ERXI X MRHUA MRSHUA, SARAH KOSINSKI, DEVOTION DESIGNS GFC II SS20 PFW

PARIS, FR –September 30th, 2019. The second presentation of Global Fashion Collective put the spotlight on strong narrative concepts, embellished elegance, timeless design and eclectic storytelling.

EMULEOS

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First to hit the runway was EMULEOS. With a fascinating concept the North Carolina-based brand’s SS20 collection Brainstorm takes its inspiration from the complexity of the brain as it appears in an MRI. This was superbly represented through rainbow-coloured fibers, textures and trims; the vibrancy of the colour palette was heightened only by an energetic, thumping soundtrack. Metallic silvers, luminescent purples and lilacs produced a kaleidoscopic colour palette that made for a standout offering from designer Emily Elizabeth Prozinski.

ERXI X MRHUA MRSHUA

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ERXI X MRHUA MRSHUA was next to present their SS20 collection Walking in the Mirror to an atmospheric Paris stage. Opening up to a soft minimal palette, designer NiuNiu Chou showcased a feminine luxe aesthetic of white gowns that shimmered with pearl and glittering embellishments. Both traditional and exaggerated silhouettes walked the runway with the help of layers of ruffles and peplum tops that accentuated the female form. Delicate lace encrusted menswear was paired with chunky white shoes and a finale of a child model in a voluminous white dress with metallic gold face makeup rounded off and stayed true to the Chinese brand’s collection statement style.

SARAH KOSINSKI

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French designer SARAH KOSINSKI’s collection Silence of a Rising Light made for a beautifully elegant symphony of structured floor length gowns in shades of soft pastels and creams. Silk, crepe, sequins and satin were intricately formed to perfectly flatter the elegance of the classic feminine silhouette. Standout pieces included a fishtail style strapless gown in powder pink accented with peach and grey embroidered flowers. Pops of lilac added extra intrigue to this exceptional eveningwear SS20 collection.

DEVOTION DESIGNS

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To close the show DEVOTION DESIGNS SS20 offering drew inspiration from the romanticism of the French Revolution era. A/W19 Revolution emerged to a soundtrack of Beethoven’s Für Elise as glamorous plus wear hit the runway in deep shades of red and green. Rich and opulent fabrics of velvet and lace could be seen in elegant off-the-shoulder styles, voluminous sleeves and sweetheart necklines. Diamanté details trickled down the models’ backs as they turned one by one to reveal elegantly trailing fabrics paired with chic and sleek updos.

GLAZE KOHL, XUNRUO and JESSICA CHANG STUDIO Presented by Global Fashion Collective SS20 NYFW

GLAZE KOHL

NEW YORK, NY — Whimsical colour palettes, artistic fabric manipulations, and ethereal elegance lead the way for the first show from Global Fashion Collective.

First to hit the runway was Japanese brand GLAZE KOHL who brought a collection of timeless vintage elegance to the space. Evoking the spirit of a chic summer vacation, satins, linens and georgette crepe made for an enchanting display. With shapes and silhouettes reminiscent of a bygone era, a colour palette of dusky pastels and monochrome paired beautifully with Japanese made fabrics. Accents of sheer chiffon added a fresh dimension to classic pieces that ring true to GLAZE KOHL’S timeless and chic aesthetic with a colour palette reminiscent of a summer in Japan. 

XUNRUO

A slower paced entrance welcomed the second collection to hit the GFC runway. Hypnotic washes of romantic and uniquely painted fabric set the stage for Chinese brand XUNRUO’s latest collection. The colour palette opened up to warm rusty oranges and pinks that paired with elegant puffed sleeves and mini dresses in an ode to the twin designers’ romantic expression. Historical Chinese influences came from an ancient Chinese paint style, Dun Huang, coming through in the use of intricate embroidery and mandarin collars. A playful use of fabric included PVC and organza that produced a transient boundary between the traditional and the modern.

JESSICA CHANG STUDIO

To close the show, JESSICA CHANG STUDIO created a flowing and ethereal atmosphere. Lending the collections name “Undercurrent” to the theme, it focuses on the immeasurable strength of a woman, inspired by the relationship the designer has with her mother. Silks, satins and organza swept the stage in shades of silken creams, icy blues and luxurious grays that spoke beautifully to the collections message. The Taiwanese designer rounded out the show in a sea of majestic and flowing fabrics in hues that ring true to the emotions of grace and courage the designer so wishes to embody with her SS20 collection.

About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from around the world. The collective produces runway showcases in different fashion capitals with the aim to accelerate the designer’s global development, increase their international media visibility, and open up new markets.

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MRHUA MRSHUA Presented by Global Fashion Collective SS20 NYFW

NEW YORK, NY — Into an ambient atmosphere came the latest collection from Chinese brand MRHUA MRSHUA by NiuNiu Chou. ‘Male left female right of MIX’ was a fitting name for artistic designer NiuNiu Chou’s SS20 collection as a multitude of male and female silhouettes poured onto the runway from an array of cultural influences. Exaggerated fabrics, layers and abstract prints were seamlessly coupled with a vibrant colour palette lending a feast for the senses.

Designer NiuNiu Chou integrated diverse cultural and ethnic elements along with a fusion of pop art influences with contemporary styling. Elegant silhouettes were contrasted against distinctive and exaggerated shapes in fabrics such as iridescent silk, and intricate embroidery. Fabrics were as unique as the decorative trimmings that adorned the shoulders and feet of the models. The theme of genderless, seasonless and timeless style ran through the collection with the fusing of male and female designs into one seamless entity. 

The runway was entranced as tribal influences were awash amongst a colour palette that bounced and vibrated across the runway from vibrant fuschia and electric green to kaleidoscopic prints and brocade. Patterns were equally as diverse, with animal prints, checks and complex prints.

America’s Next Top Model's former host and television star Miss J Alexander also walked the runway in a plethora of striking and spectacular layers, mish-mashed recycled fabrics and futuristic makeup.

NiuNiu offered a fresh perspective on the traditional runway show, staying true to his mission to reinvent garments by reversing the laws and genders of fashion. The finale featured a dazzling patterned green fabric in a joint parade by Miss J Alexander and a child model. In a united display of identical outfits, the aesthetic reinforced NiuNiu’s theme of a boundaryless collection; universal for all to wear. NiuNiu Chou’s dedication to promoting chinese fashions diverse cultural origins in a genderless form rang true in this SS20 collection.

About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from around the world. The collective produces runway showcases in different fashion capitals with the aim to accelerate the designer’s global development, increase their international media visibility, and open up new markets.

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@globalfashioncollective

Q & A with Fashion Brand SENKO

SENKO

Vancouver based designer

Can you introduce your brand and yourself in a few sentences?

My name is Lesley Senkow and SENKO (pronounced “sang-ko”) is for the individualist who doesn’t want to be put in one box. Silhouette, print, texture, colour and movement are always present in my designs. I like to play with the idea that everyone has a soft and hard side and that fashion can help bring these elements out. My collections will feature a mix of abstract patterns and statement pieces along with structured and elevated neutral classics to help create a more complex wardrobe.

 What sparked your interest in fashion design?

Growing up I always felt the need to express myself through fashion. I was shy but fashion helped me express who I was and who I thought I wanted to be. Looking back, I went through many style phases in the process of figuring out who I was. How I dressed was always a representation of what I was going through at that time. I’ve always found fashion to be so anthropological and find it interesting that it is ever evolving just like us.

Can you describe your creative process?

My creative process definitely does not have a formula. I find myself spontaneously inspired the most by nature, folklore, history and travel. This can spark a general mood, colour palette, texture or silhouette. I don’t enjoy forcing creativity so I often finding myself randomly taking notes when ideas decide to arise and I’ll later go back and sketch them out. I’ll know when something is just an idea on paper versus a complete design. I’ll be standing in my kitchen cooking dinner then “ah-ha!” the rest of the design will emerge. 

What is your favourite part of being a designer? What drives you to design?

I love the itch. The creativity itch you can’t stop scratching until your idea has completely manifested into physical form. I don’t know where I heard it but “hold the vision, trust the process,” is one of my favourite quotes for designers and artists alike. Seeing your vision come to life in front of you is like nothing else. 

How do you find working as a designer where your brand is based? Has the culture/surroundings affected your design aesthetic? Do you feel connected to your home?

I don’t mind it. I think if anything it has pushed me to invest in myself and my brand. If I was living in New York or some other major fashion capital I might have thought to pursue a corporate design role and been intimidated by the abundance of designers already trying to make it on their own. Vancouver in many ways feels like an untapped market. I think the game is starting to change with the shop local/slow fashion movement and it’s really exciting to see how our city will change with new emerging talent. I have travelled a fair bit and always get excited to come back to Vancouver. The proximity of nature, mountains, ocean and city really make it unlike any other place in the world. 

In anticipation of your runway show at Vancouver Fashion Week, what are you most looking forward to?

I can’t wait to completely put myself out there and see it all come together. Last year was a very challenging year for me but my biggest lesson was to unapologetically remain true to who you are. This collection is a direct reflection of my experiences.  

What is the inspiration behind your S/S20 collection to be showcased at Vancouver Fashion Week?

My S/S20 collection is inspired by the Moon’s gravitational pull on water affecting the tides. To me this represents the highs and lows we go through in life and the different roles we often play to get through them. 

What are you hoping are the reactions from audiences seeing your designs (perhaps for their first time)?

My goal is to create a luxury slow fashion brand in Vancouver with a focus on ethical and sustainable materials and practice. I am hoping that people will enjoy my collection and want to support my brand so that I can continue to create and expand in the future. 

Thank you Lesley for talking to us about your creative brand! We look forward to seeing your brand at VFW.

Photos by Matthew Burditt.

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