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.

globalfashioncollective.com

@globalfashioncollective

SUNCUN Presented by Global Fashion Collective

A smoky runway set the stage for Chinese brand SUNCUN, creating an ethereal, dreamlike atmosphere. Adults and children modelled the new collection ‘FUSHENG’, with dragon motifs, metallic embroidery, and mandarin collars evoking a sense of the East. Wavy wisps of hair artfully framed the face and lips were painted a ‘lucky’ red colour.

Designer Yan Zhang integrated cultural elements with contemporary styling for FW19 using distinctive traditional features such as ornamental braiding, Chinese frog fastenings and Cheongsam silhouettes.

Smiling children clad in silk slippers brought the collection to life, illustrating the lively and carefree aspects of childhood that have inspired Zhang this season. Boy’s looks featured tunics paired with silk pants and regal robes. Girls were fitted in whimsical gowns with soft flowing trains, shimmering fabrics, and ornate embellishments that glimmered in the light.

Tulles with delicate hand beading and intricately embroidered appliqué showcased the incredible artisanal techniques of SUNCUN.

The colour palette developed from inky blacks through to pastel pink and sage green, before flourishing into brilliant whites. Zhang offered a fresh perspective on womenswear with a striking black and white contrast dress featuring beaded bamboo designs.

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A young boy named King Singh walked the runway in a tailored two-piece featuring a bird motif, known as a strong symbol of good luck. King came to SUNCUN through the organization A Free Bird; a non-profit that provides children diagnosed with cancer a chance to explore their artistic passion.

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The finale featured a duet of traditional male Changshan tunics and robes, both crafted in lavish gold silk; a masterful ending to a dramatic showcase representing SUNCUN’s dedication to bringing Chinese culture and fashion together.

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About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from all 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 new markets. By presenting its designers in front of international media and buyers globally, Global Fashion Collective is an expansion of Vancouver Fashion Week.

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Global Fashion Collective at New York Fashion Week Recap

Global Fashion Collective showcased at New York Fashion Week for FW19, presenting 3 distinct runway shows. First up, 2 collective shows with 6 unique brands, bringing expressive colour palettes, artistic fabric manipulations, and vintage influences to the runway.

Photos by: Jonathan Lapada

First up, Canadian brand FAUN by Marisa P. Clark, brought a collection of elegance and subtlety to the runway, as an ode to the timeless, sophistication of New York City Style, referencing icons Audrey Hepburn and Blair Waldorf. Rich jewel toned fabrics, with elegant necklines and fluttering hems, effortlessly complemented intricate handcrafted pieces, such as pearl bralettes and opera glasses. Models carrying bunches of Baby’s Breath flowers stayed true to FAUN’s signature whimsical, feminine style.

Photo by: Jonathan Lapada

Photo by: Jonathan Lapada

A highlight piece - a colour blocked suede jacket in pink with yellow contrast.

Photos by: Jonathan Lapada

Thick structured leather, glistening silks, and opaque organza gave texture to an artistic collection by Canadian designer Kirsten Ley. ‘NAISSANCE’, representing the birth, or ‘rebirth,’ of her label as an official Parisian fashion house gave life to classical French couture techniques while maintaining modern, avant-garde silhouettes. The colour palette featured deep metallic blue with Ley’s signature crisp oxblood softened by whimsical sheer creams, manifesting the emotional dichotomy of a fragmented human psyche.

PHOTO BY: JONATHAN LAPADA

PHOTO BY: JONATHAN LAPADA

Kirsten’s signature sculpting technique can be seen in a deep purple leather skirt worn with an asymmetric top with layered, gathered organza. Iridescent fabrics add shadow and light, evoking a romantic escapism for the viewer.

Photos by: Jonathan Lapada

With a fresh take on tradition, Chinese brand ERXI X MRHUA MRSHUA presented a quirky unisex collection for FW19, with the cutest mini model leading the show. ‘Silk Road, Beijing Beijing’. told a story with ornate embroidery of traditional Chinese New Year symbols, and a vibrant colour palette of lemon yellow, silver, red and candy pink. Striking patent boots, bobble hat caps, exaggerated ruffles, and quilted fabrics added a modern and unique twist. Designer NiuNiu Chou’s statement eccentricity at its finest.

Photo by: Jonathan Lapada

Photo by: Jonathan Lapada

Photos by: Jonathan Lapada

To close the show, Canadian brand M.E. presented a collection of unique femininity in a selective black & white colour palette. Designer Michelle Elizabeth was inspired by Fashion in its highest state as the ability to present oneself, as a consciously constructed representation of who we are. A full length off-the-shoulder dress with an opaque layer over a digital print with the words ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable’ made a statement. Silky fabrics with inky prints in beige tied the collection together, with silver hook and eye fastenings at the neckline and cuffs beautifully catching the light.

Photo by: Jonathan Lapada

Photo by: Jonathan Lapada

A highlight look was a black long-length winter coat with white edging to panels, fitting beautifully at the waist in a flattering cut.

Global Fashion Collective II

The second presentation of Global Fashion Collective put the spotlight on exquisite elegant tailoring; the designers bringing forth an haute couture feel to the runway with careful craftsmanship and vintage influences.

Photos by: Giovanni Giannoni

Designer Tong Li for China based brand HIGHTLI was inspired by the video game ‘The Legend of Zelda’ in creating her FW19 collection ‘Melody’. The designs work as a ‘composed song’ that coordinate relevant yet differentiated elements in an unconventional manner. A caramel coloured silk shirt with flared cuffs, and high-waisted pants that cinched in the waist, gave a structured feminine look. Fabrics in herringbone, checks, and dogtooth added texture, and a cozy bold red fur coat created volume with oversized sleeves.

photo by: Giovanni Giannoni

photo by: Giovanni Giannoni

A deep burgundy cage-like structured button up cape worn over a silver silk two-piece with bird-cage motif formed a key look.

Photos by: Giovanni Giannoni

Chinese brand Queenie Zoe by Bomin Kim was inspired by Samiljeol (Independence Movement Day in Korea) and the start of modernization for Korean women. Creative director Bomin Kim has designed a series of gowns in a bold, feminine style. With references to traditional late 19th century silhouettes, elaborate empire line dresses with ruffled tiered godets and leg of mutton sleeves gave a sense of grandeur. Fur trims and large flouncy bows adorned the collection, and a velvet dress with exaggerated pointed collar brought beautiful contrast in black and white.

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The finale look incorporated a traditional Hanbok style dress with large oversized sleeves and patchwork fabrics.

About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from all 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 new markets. By presenting its designers in front of international media and buyers globally, Global Fashion Collective is an expansion of Vancouver Fashion Week.

Stay tuned for our next post on SUNCUN, the 3rd GFC showcase at NYFW this season.

Global Fashion Collective at Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo

Unique fabric manipulations, casual silhouettes, and creative colouring were brought to the forefront of the first show from Global Fashion Collective. Three creative brands from around the world showcased emerging trends for the SS19 season on the Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo runway at Shibuya Hikarie Hall.

First up, Atelier M/A showcased ‘Oneness’, their debut collection. ‘PAST’ and ‘FUTURE’ lettering spelled out the concept that ‘everything is one’, as Japanese designers Masato Koide and Azusa Koide presented a ‘coexistence of diversity’ by combining traditional hand sewing with digital print work and recycled plastics. A soft polka dot motif and colourful patterns created from strips, gave a beautiful naive style. Short-cut high-waisted pants worn over printed tights, lightweight raincoats, knitted jerseys, and sneakers made for casual styling. A key look- a grey checked suit with white contrast polka dots, worn with silver brogues made a slick and stylish statement. A wearable yet creative line, the collection drew attention to the designers intuitive approach to design.

Next, U.S brand The House of AmZ presented a collection fragmented into capsules: Winter, Neutral, Lotus, Blush, Amalgamation, and Finale. Each capsule developed the concept ‘Self_ An Amalgamation’, reflecting the various emotions and responses to situations as we bloom into ourselves and grow, not unlike the way of the Lotus flower. Designer Alexandra Marie Zofcin utilised fabric manipulations to create shape, with pleats, gathers, and woven strips forming the silhouettes. A selective colour palette of sage green, beige, pastel pink, navy, cream, grey, and burgundy enhanced feminine cuts. A delicate raffia gilet overlay added texture, and beautiful Shantung fabric, iridescent in colour, beautifully caught the light.

German designer Annika Klaas brought shades of sunshine for Spring/Summer with monochromatic collection ‘Jaune’. In different tones of yellow, textured knits were folded, pinched, and pleated to create structured looks. The painterly palette crossed from brazen canary to lighter lemon with soft matching bags and knitted-in pockets adding dimension. A seamless collection, Annika developed a new production technique by imagining a digital knitting machine as a 3D printer. A wrap over skirt in a warmer tone, was paired with a strapless top with large loose pleats creating a soft and natural form.

The second presentation of Global Fashion Collective at Shibuya Hikarie Hall highlighted an artistic expression, with edgy, feminine and quirky styles for Spring Summer 2019 presented by three North American designers.

EmulEos packed a punch to start off the evening, with models full of attitude sporting diamond encrusted boxing gloves and visors. North Carolina designer Emily Prozinksi was inspired by female boxers for collection ‘Tougher Than Diamonds’. Silvers and shades of black dominated throughout with oversized hoods, metal chainwork, studded boots, and faux snakeskin creating an edgy style. Diamonds and beading glistened under the light, while chiffon and georgette shimmered at the slightest movement. A key look featured mid-length balloon pants with a grey zip-up jacket, with silver chains adorning an oversized hood.

Alicia Perrillo brought a whimsical colour palette and feminine gowns to the runway with collection ‘Sans’. Techniques such as painting, beading, crochet, and embroidery paid homage to the Chicago based designer’s late grandmother. A soft muted colour palette in lavender, periwinkle, dove grey, pale pink, gold, white, and black graced figure-flattering dresses, enhanced with beading detail, smudges of gold, and black floral appliqué. A white long sleeve fishtail dress with soft pink painted effect and pale blue frills was accessorized with handmade tassel earrings. Asymmetric hemlines and layers of ruffles created shape across the line. The showpiece- pale layers of sheer over a full-length gown with shoulder cutouts and long flowing sleeves, complete with tiara and veil making a strong feminine statement.

Quirky printwork by Canadian designer GRANDI brought a fun feel for Spring/Summer 19. ‘PRISMANIA’ a demi-couture collection featured a pop art interpretation of the chinoiserie decor style with a large scale surrealist graphic print incorporating bananas, leaves, and donuts. Colour blocking broke up the pieces with bold yellow, blues, greens, and pinks, and dramatic eyewear by Black Iris with tassles and embellishments completed the looks. Classic cuts in A-line skirts, cigarette pants, and fitted jackets made for stylish wearable pieces. A key look featured a silk strapless dress with fitted bodice worn over a printed shirt with contrast cuffs and collar, showcasing designer Grandy’s eye for styling. An artistic collection to close the shows.


Photos by Arun Nevader for Getty Images.





Ozlana presented by Global Fashion Collective

Australian brand Ozlana presented their much-anticipated new collection DREAM STILL____ at New York Fashion Week. An edgy yet romantic take on street couture, the new collection highlighted their experimental textiles, quality fabrics, and sustainable artisan techniques.

Photo By Jonathan Lapada

The mood at the runway was serene, with a naturalistic set design featuring dried wildflowers and pampas grass, soft fur overlays, and lightweight cloud props hanging from the air, illuminated in soft hues. The sound of chirping birds and projected moving scenes of waves and stars created an immersive experience, as if within nature, in the heart of midtown New York.

 

DREAM STILL____ translates a tale of nostalgia as a woman builds her life in the city, recalling her beautiful countryside youth, and lapsing into a sweet recollection of what has been. Presenting an All Seasons collection, and subverting the traditional fashion calendar, OZLANA brings a new moment to their audience, combining highly wearable, practical fashion with an idealistic, dreamy mood. 

Photo By Jonathan Lapada

Designer Hannah Kim has created a casual and lux style with light feminine dresses in satin and chiffons, leather bomber jackets, and coloured fur gilets.

Photo By Nick Merzetti

DREAM STILL____ is a carefully developed collection, flowing effortlessly through a series of colourways transitioning from pretty pinks, baby blues and beiges, to black. Looks were layered, showing combinations of pieces.

Photo By Jonathan Lapada

A strawberry motif embroidered on a long length knitted cardigan worn with a cherry print dress was accented by a red handbag and red sunnies for a cute look.

Photo By Jonathan Lapada

A floral print pink dress with ruffled hem and cuffs oozed femininity.

 

Photo By Jonathan Lapada

Glints of metallic embellishments lifted the soft pastel palette, with beaded embroidery, delicate hanging eyeglass chains, and silver heels. Fun accessories gave a youthful feel, with mini handbags, complete with fur trimmed handles - a hint of the classic Ozlana aesthetic.

Photo By Byeongcheol Jo

Shoe options included clean white platform sneakers worn with transparent sheer socks, and pale pink gold buckled mules lined with fur.

Photo by Nick Merzetti

Models were styled with a certain girlishness, with floral face tattoos and textured teased hair in high ponytails.

 

Photo By Jonathan Lapada

The grand finale featured every model returning to the runway sporting a fur parka, Ozlana’s signature item. Plush fur-lined hoods in a multitude of colourways gave the wearer an expression of individual personality. So cozy, so covetable!

 

Photo By Nick Merzetti

Dreamy romantic undertones came through a modern, youthful, wearable collection where traditional Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter looks are effortlessly merged.

 

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About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from all 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 new markets. By presenting its designers in front of international media and buyers globally, Global Fashion Collective is an expansion of Vancouver Fashion Week.

 

To learn more:

www.globalfashioncollective.com

Instagram: @globalfashioncollective

GLOBAL FASHION COLLECTIVE II

For the GFC II presentation, modern, sculptural and avant-garde collections featuring powerful feminine silhouettes blurred the line between haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

 

Photo By Arun Nevader

First up, Chinese brand XY wowed the audience with a child model full of personality walking the runway wearing a towering traditional silver headdress. Inspired by ethnic Chinese cultures with a focus on the Miao people, designer Han Zhang fuses tradition with modernity using Chinese embroidery and contemporary fashion silhouettes. A selective palette of black, accent red, and green reigns throughout in sumptuous silks and textured tulle.

Photo By Arun Nevader

An emerald coloured mid-length silk dress, with fitted waist and princess-line bodice featured a beautiful contrast red off-shoulder design.

Photo By Arun Nevader

A dramatic silhouette was created with a model wearing large black angel wings.

 

Photo By Arun Nevader

Canadian designer Kirsten Ley’s refined artistic approach to design shone through her new collection MITØSIS, about the division of self; a conscious choice to leave one version in the past while moving forward with the new version. Oxygenated crimsons, rich dark blues, and bone colours from the human circulatory system are paired with unusual and beautiful graphic printwork of anatomy diagrams incorporating florals.

Photo By Arun Nevader

A stand out look- a two piece in crimson leather with sculptured shoulders and high neckline, complete with white voluminous fur sleeve coverings. Hand-gathered chiffon and billowing silks build the story.

                                                                                                                            

Resort collection TERRA by American designer Carlton Jones celebrates the cross pollination of global terrains taking inspiration from fresh Eastern silhouettes.

Photo By Arun Nevader

Lightweight breezy natural fibres are layered over one another and feature beautiful printwork morphing abstract vertebrae into chic animal print, reminiscent of African safari.

Photo By Arun Nevader

Sparkling shiny fabrics caught the light on the runway, with sequins shimmering in earthy tones of sand, referencing glamorous desert nights.

A clean crisp white jumpsuit with long open flowing asymmetric sleeve created a sophisticated chic look.

 

 

About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from all 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 new markets. By presenting its designers in front of international media and buyers globally, Global Fashion Collective is an expansion of Vancouver Fashion Week.

 

To learn more:

www.globalfashioncollective.com  

Instagram: @globalfashioncollective

GLOBAL FASHION COLLECTIVE I

A group show with a real mix of design aesthetics, GFC I designers brought their vibrant and eccentric collections to the runway by taking exaggerated shapes and unique fabrics to the next level.

Photo By Arun Nevader

Profanity By LillzKillz showcased a playful unisex collection ‘Eat my shorts’, with transparent vinyl pockets filled with toy cars, platform sneakers, video game prints, and bold bright colourways in vibrant yellow, tangerine orange, royal blue, and neon green. Old car parts including seatbelts, and seat leather are refurbished in garments nodding to the inspiration of a middle class family and their beat up car.

Photo By Arun Nevader

A key look for this Canadian designer featured a teal and tan brown leather patched two piece with contrast white straps, topped off with a car seat headrest.

 

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Plain black with contrast red and yellow plaid featured next for Canadian designer Adam Lin-Bungag, winner of the 2018 Nancy Mak Award. The NOT DEAD YET signature grunge aesthetic was expressed through oversized sleeves, raw edges, Dr Martens, hanging chains, and studs.

Drawn letters spell out SHAME on the side of sneakers, and printed words on graphic tees hint at the theme ‘Eulogy’- the understanding that in order to move forward we must acknowledge, understand, and learn from our past.

Photo By Arun Nevader

Highlights included a transparent PVC layer overcoat lined with over a red plaid jacket, and white crinkled pants with red plaid strips tied around leg.

 

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Rainbow shaved ice, tropical fruits, and flowers have inspired the 'VaCaTioN in Hawaii' collection by Japanese designer Nozomi Kuwahara for the SS19 season. Nozomi uses vivid colours, soft textured fabrics such as cotton Seersucker, and even SPF50+ fabrics to experiment with the summer theme.

Photo By Arun Nevader

Models walked in twos in matching combos; a lemon lime green short-sleeved button-up shirt dress was complemented with a bandeau/maxi skirt look with ribbon fastenings. Holiday destination name ‘Waikiki’ is embroidered on a motif of sunbathers on select pieces, and plastic accessories derived from beach toys and swimming goggles complete the looks.

 

Photo By Arun Nevader

German designer Kim Tiziana Rottmüller leads us through a spiritual story for collection ‘Oblivion’, taking inspiration from a seductive witch, a symbol for our transcendental self and inner magical power. Lilac, the colour for spirituality brings light into the collection whereas black is used to submit the unknown, mysterious darkness. Experiments with volume are revealed through oversized hoods and layers of ruffles.

Photo By Arun Nevader

A stand out look - a candy pink oversized woolen jumper embellished with mysterious tarot cards that weave in and out of the knit. 

 

About Global Fashion Collective (GFC)

Global Fashion Collective is a platform supporting creative designers from all 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 new markets. By presenting its designers in front of international media and buyers globally, Global Fashion Collective is an expansion of Vancouver Fashion Week.

 

 

To learn more:

www.globalfashioncollective.com

 

Instagram: @globalfashioncollective

GLOBAL FASHION COLLECTIVE AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Two creative International Design showcases

On Thursday the 8th February at New York Fashion Week, an eclectic mix of emerging designers from across the globe were brought together to form a collective with real impact. Global Fashion Collective (GFC) a project by Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), presented two creative and stimulating showcases at Industria NYC, 775 Washington Street, a large whitewashed studio filled with light nestled in the Meatpacking District.

GFC began proceedings with the ‘Prêt-à-porter’ show, a refined ready-to-wear presentation with trendsetting new collections for the F/W 18 season, highlighting wearable and high-end takes on shape, fabric, and colour.

First up, FICTION TOKYO, a brand by Japanese designer Monaca Nishi. A seductive saxophone medley played out as models clad in black bunny-ear masks paced the runway. Monaca took a retro spin for her collection ‘Favorite Heroine’ drawing inspiration from the lead of a childhood movie. A fun and feminine feel was given prominence with high-waisted leather shorts, flared sleeves, and silky fabrics. A subtle colour palette with soft pinks, khaki, grey, burgundy, and yellow was mixed. A stand-out look: soft knitted flared pants paired with a cropped fluffy sweater in pale pink with black crinkled bodice.

Vancouver designer Melissa Yin showcased flattering cuts with her leather-based brand, presenting ‘Nine to Five’- a collection of fashion-forward pieces to take you from day to night. Bright lipstick red leather was contrasted with cream and black shades in fitted silhouettes. An elegant full-length black dress with short-capped sleeves and a cinched-in waist formed a striking look. An inspiring attention to detail was shown with silver star-shaped zippers and rhinestone trim which beautifully caught the light.

Next in the line-up was Caroline Ann, a U.S designer from Atlanta, who draws inspiration from fond childhood memories. The concepts of time and nostalgia have informed the clothes, exploring summer days spent at the beach. A collection geared towards the mild winters of the southern US with a fun touch of summer, we saw a vibrant palette of jewel pink, bold blue, and orange in light loose dresses and two pieces. Clever cutting and layering allows for pops of bright colour meshed with muted greys and an accent of print. Soft ruffles are inspired by the natural texture of sand dunes after being blown in the wind, and embellishments to suggest the sparkle of crushed up seashells are strategically placed throughout.

Japanese brand WILDFRÄULEIN71 put forward a unisex collection inspired by the strong but transient beauty of a woman with a courageous man by her side. Designer Roop Shimura brought a more artisanal feel to the collective show, looking into the conceptual relationship between energy and form. An eclectic mix of colour and texture, layered outfits were pieced together with matte and shiny textures in autumnal shades. A highlight was a yellow knitted button up dress paired with a belted red check jacket; a green pageboy hat completed the look. Painted glass art pieces were carried by the models, who at the end of the runway, pointed to the sky, and announced their names and where they are from. An expressive presentation to close the show.

The second showcase of Global Fashion Collective presented the work of progressive cutting-edge designers. Their experimental F/W 18 collections create powerful messages by the influence of personal and artistic expression. ‘Conceptual Artistry’ is an avant-garde selection of conceptual work with an haute couture feel.

Canadian designer Kirsten Ley’s eponymous label features designs carefully crafted with a deep consciousness embracing the natural female form. The artistic collection NERŌ explores the concept of abandoning the fear of death and yearning for the afterlife. NERŌ highlights the exquisite and undeniable dichotomy of beauty and destruction with hard and soft surfaces in the collection’s textiles. A dark feminine energy was expressed with deep greens and inky blacks. The interplay between sculptured leather pieces and ruffled textile manipulations was balanced with fitted midi skirts and straight leg pants. A long length jacket with zip-up fitted leather bodice and sizeable fur sleeves made a bold statement.

German designer Kim Tiziana Rottmüller’s signature is provocation in a feminine but playful way. The collection BITTERSWEET is a fusion of the concepts ‘Prison’ and ‘Barbie’. The designs are an artistic interpretation of a person wishing to break free from mental constriction, looking to the invisible prisons that exist only in people's minds. Volume and shape have influenced the designs, with oversized cylinders adorning the sleeves and an iron skirt to represent 'the cage'. A collection with impact, there was dramatic contrast in the large solid shapes and soft knitted textures. A minimal colour combination of black and pale pink symbolizes the aspects bitter and sweet.

To end the show with a bang, the sound of military drums blasted through the space. NiuNiu Chou of Chinese brand MRHUA MRSHUA presented a feast for the eyes with the ‘Vintage Soldier’ collection, a Military styled colour collision with Pop Art fabric dyeing. Fitted tailored pieces adorned with lace, tassels, and embroidery, featured unique patterns and vibrant clashing colours. Gold buckles, plaited aiguillette rope, and toy soldier hats invoked feelings of playfulness. A salute to psychedelic soldiers, a strong collection with brilliant visual appeal.

Photos by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Global Fashion Collective.

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