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.

 

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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.

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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

Sexy and Structured: Paul Andrew's Fall '18 Collection

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Paul Andrew's Fall 2018 collection does not disappoint. Much inspired by the 1980's he seeks to give women shoes in which they feel strong, sexy, and confident. His designs range from everyday staples to real statement pieces. In addition to his studio's 80's playlist, he was also heavily influenced by the work of artist Robert Motherwell. Especially in the creation of his signature print which features similar strong brushstrokes and statement colours.

The showroom space, tucked away in Greenwhich Village, is crisp and bright. Enormous windows brighten the room and the Lower Manhattan view serves as the backdrop to this Fall '18 collection. The shoes are displayed neatly on solid coloured structures that match the collection aesthetic of red, black, and white, with accents of pink. 

Andrew seems to take inspiration from the women he surrounds himself with. The Fall '18 collection, as a whole, invokes feelings of strength and solidity. As if to say, the woman who wears these shoes stands her ground. Beautifully displayed and designed, the Fall '18 is exactly what the we have come to expect from Paul Andrew. 

CONCEPT KOREA SHOWCASE AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

LIE and GREEDILOUS showcase progressive Korean fashions for F/W 18

Concept Korea returned to NYFW to showcase two of South Korea’s most promising design talents, LIE by Chung Chung Lee and GREEDILOUS by Younhee Park.

The fashion industry has taken notice of the growing South Korean infatuation that is emerging from Seoul. The city, now a permanent fixture in the industry, is responsible for influencing some of the most infectious trends and inspiring the biggest names in fashion.

Concept Korea is a collaborative project to promote Korean fashion designers. This F/W 2018 season marks the organization’s seventeenth time showing at New York Fashion Week.

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First up, GREEDILOUS, a brand by designer Younhee Park. Park has previously showcased in Seoul and Paris, and was nominated for the 2014/2015 International Woolmark Prize. The F/W 18 collection was inspired by beauty in women represented with extreme glamour, the Palace of Versailles, and Marie Antoinette’s romantic style. Park revisited the vintage appeal of playing with beautiful patterns from nature to reinterpret Marie Antoinette as a fantastical creature representative of the brand’s unique identity. There is a beautiful mix of textures with vivid colours and bold graphic patterns following the Maximalist trend. Describing the look as ‘futuristic modernity’, Park creates a feminine style with masculine undertones that manages to be both classic and directional.

LIE designer from Lee Chung Chung is the son of renowned designer parents who founded the legendary Korean fashion house LIE SANGBONG. Commencing his design career in menswear on the famed Saville Row under the guidance of the celebrated menswear designer Oswald Boateng, Chung solidified his tailoring skills, which eventually led to launching his own line.

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Inspired by the striking image of a wary polar bear stranded on a shrinking iceberg, LIE made its second NYFW appearance with the F/W18 collection, “GLOBAL WARMING; It’s not justICE.” The collection aimed to portray an important message that “it’s not just ice” that is affected from the devastations of global warming. This season, Chung strives to bring awareness to the collapsing unity between humans and nature with his clothes. Dusty pale blues are contrasted with bold rainbow colourways, and transparent PVC's are paired with soft furs for a unique and feminine collection.