When I got the invite, I sadly had to decline. This Coronavirus is like a new runway collection. The future is always very unclear and it can make or break any designer. I have been to Asia for the last two year. Clothes, labour, fabrics are dirt cheap. The clothes on average are never high quality in fabric but the designs and cuts are brilliant.
The Asian’s have a lot of cash to throw away. So a collection like this really is all about putting yourself out there as a designer. Globally the fashion industry are feeling the effect of the Hong Kong riots and this coronavirus.
Anyway, I like some pieces but generally there is nothing sustainable here or anything that makes me want to fly to Asia and pick some of it up as a collection. The way this virus is unfolding, we maybe all grounded anyway.
The purpose of the Asia Fashion Collection is to discover and nurture young designers who are from Asia. Organized by Vantan Inc. and PARCO. Co. Ltd., AFC FW20 debuted February 10th 2020 at NYFW showing both menswear and womenswear.
Seven brands revealed their collections during the runway show. All of the brands
and designers are from Asian countries.
1) KTOKA by Shiki Cara Kataoka – Japan @ktoka_garments
2) VEGAN TIGER by Yang Yoona – South Korea @vegan_tiger
3) ito by Kurumi Ito, Taisho Takenaka – Japan @iiitttooo
4) zizi shi by Chaohua Shi – Parsons (born in China)
5) chalisa by Chalisa Anekvorakul – Thailand @ccchalisa
7) aNANA tih sayim by Nana Miyashita – Japan @@nanatihsayim
Over 360 guests arrived consisting of press and buyers from all over the world attended the show and applauded each up in coming designers from Asia.
Notable attendees include:
Business of Fashion, WWD español, WWD Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Italy, Glamour, Grazia, VICE,
Dazed, Instyle Thailand, Salvatore Ferragamo, Estee Lauder, Covergirl, Briogeo, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks fifth avenue, Moda OPERANDI, Macy’s, MTV, Fashion TV France, Fashion TV Latin America, Fox News, Huffington Post, Kamiah Adams (Spouse of NBA player Bradley Beal), Erin Gibbs (Fox News), Amir Arison (Actor, Director), Cognac Wellerlane, Chris Lavish (Fashion Week Online.com), Jason C. Peters, Ka Wa Key, Official Rebrand, Kanako Takase, Amin & Amir Butler’s (@butlertwin_)
Asia Fashion Collection (AFC) NYFW FW19
Date: Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 8:00pm
Venue: Gallery II at Spring Studios
Format: Runway Show from representative Asian designers
PR/Beauty Acquisition & Creative: New York Tokyo
Show Production: Kuroko Inc.
Casting: Eric Cano
Hair: Kien Hoang for Oribe
Makeup: Chika Chan @Make-up Pro.
Bag: Parisa Wang
Photography: Hunter Arthur
Dressers: Parsons & Vantan