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GLOBAL Collective Designers | NYFW edit
New York Fashion Week showcases international fashion designers twice a year. Global Fashion Collective (GFC) captivated the crowd with its designers' upcoming fall 2023 collections. With designers from Japan, Indonesia, Mozambique, Mexico, and Korea, the audience saw lots of diversity and creativity throughout the show. The first collective show took place a few weeks ago, and was streamed live through GFC's social media channels.
SHOW 1 HEEYONGHEE
HEEYONGHeE's collection of women's wear was powerful to say the least. The collection was sexy and sophisticated with feminine details, yet still capturing a woman's strength and independence. It focused on reds, blacks, and whites and dabbled in a few other colors, earthy tones, and peppering in texture. Perfect for the metropolitan woman taking her from work to a hot night out.
Designer Hee-yong Shin of the brand ‘HEEYONGHeE’ is a new fashion designer who made her debut by participating in New York Fashion Week. She was invited to attend NYFW by GFC after she posted her master’s works for the graduate school of Hongik University Fashion Design on her website. As a designer and modelist, she independently conducts most of her experiments on pattern making and fabric development and gets her inspiration mainly from ‘visual phenomena’ and ‘conceptual art.’ ‘Spatialism,’ the first theme of ‘HEEYONGHeE,’ started from the concept of space that influenced minimalism. It is a collection that expresses slash, combination tucking, drilling, and holes.
Nolo showcased a mix of adult and kids' New York-inspired streetwear with jewel tones, some whites, metallics, prints, and not to forget matching tops and bottoms.
Luis Corrales, better known as Manolo, is the emergent head designer of NOLO Mx Brand based in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. With a basis in graphic and interior design, he started his career as a fashion designer in 2017 while in his late twenties after finding fashion design his true passion.
He discovered his love for fashion after visiting New York, NY, and being inspired by the culture of absolute freedom of expression in the New York streetwear scene. Here he witnessed fashion used as a medium to reveal one’s true self and convey intimate ideas. He started designing custom pieces for local professional actors, dancers, and musicians from the urban scene, as well as for universities’ theatre and dance programs in and near Hermosillo, Sonora. Through fashion, he found an art form through which he could express himself in ways he always knew he wanted to.
Manolo returned to Sonora, Mexico, with a hunger to learn everything there is to know about high fashion design. Soon, he began making and wearing his clothing, which often elicited questions like “Where did you get that?” from friends, family, and strangers. A month after Luis made his first piece, he produced for local buyers and collaborated with national artists. In December 2017, NOLO became a brand design.
The first appearance of NOLO design in an international fashion event was in July 2018 at INTERMODA, an international fashion showcase in Mexico, and again in 2019. Then came an invitation to present at New York Fashion Week in February of 2020, where NOLO attended its first professional fashion show as an emergent designer presenting its Mexicanolo Collection. NOLO collaborated with the New York Based Sprayground brand in the same week. NOLO’s online store is coming soon.
User-Defined ✖️ MALDITO
User-defined x Maldito delivered an impactful show. The aim of its presentation is social impact to raise questions on gender and sexuality amongst younger generations.
Maldito is a multimedia project inviting a young community to engage with the main character of the eponymous Manga, released in 2022. MALDITO built the project as a totem of queer and camp culture, and we express ourselves through different physical and digital media such as fashion, illustration, porcelain, glassblowing, and NFTs. Through Maldito’s love story, we aim to offer a lifestyle and raise questions on gender and sexuality amongst our young community.
SHOW 2 | AMBERGLEAM
Lione Nagayama graduated from the Apparel Design Department of Bunka Fashion College in Japan. She and her husband Yuki Nagayama, an active beautician, design together as a couple.
For the 2022 Fall/Winter season, they launched the brand “Ambergrim,” which weaves together men’s and women’s essence.
The concept is “clothing you want to share. The brand is inspired by clothing that can be shared without regard to gender, age, etc. The brand is actively involved in the UPCYCLE Project, which seeks out discarded fabrics and dead stock and breathes life into new clothing.
Jasive Fernández is Business woman and Mexican designer promoter of timeless fashion. International Director of the Spanish Brand Niza and founder of the Mexican signature Jasive with ready-to-wear collections and custom designs under an elegant and sophisticated concept. Known for developing ethical and sustainable fashion with an international presence.Jasive's collection is full of femininity, strength, presence and improvement.
Hanwei Su, a fashion designer in New York City and a Parsons graduate, presented her FW23 collection for her label during New York Fashion Week in February 2023.
SU’s independent life abroad from the time she was 15 years old until the present, her research into the connection between art and the self, and her exposure to western philosophy and education have all helped to shape her unique way of thinking and designing in comparison to her peers who grew up in a traditionally Chinese environment. She saw herself as the result of the clash between her sense of New York and the aspects of China that she felt were true.
She is inspired to keep working because she wants to contribute to society through clothes design and develop a more morally upright fashion business. Her conversations have continuously focused on rights, equality, sustainability, and humanitarian issues, which should be obvious. Instead of only discussing them intellectually, she focuses on practical solutions to environmental and societal problems, such as new systems, design techniques, and material experiments and practices. She has been awarded the Tishman Fund for Excellence in Climate, Environmental Justice, and Sustainability and reached the finals of the IYDC Sustainable Fashion Competition.
SHOW 3 | HENGKI KAWILARANG
Hengki Kawilarang is a fashion designer who started his career in 2001 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a line of feminine, glamorous designs that always make every woman feel like a "diva" in every detail of her design. Full of glamorous elements such as crystals, feathers, and something shiny makes, his design unique.
Lisa Ju's collection embraces and highlights female curves. Enter a world of fantasy featuring 12 couture art of this upcoming collection that will be shown and titled: “Renceum Réjouissances. “Renceum means sparkling in Sundanese, and Réjouissances means festivities in French. She is combining her background who live in Bandung and her immense passion for French couture designs. This time she infused her ‘back to the root’ Indonesian culture into her artistry when appealing to an international audience. “I’m blessed to be influenced by a lot of different points of view growing up in Indonesia, which has so many different cultures, so many diverse textiles, crafts, arts, and yet a combination of original indigenous tradition and multiple modern foreign influences — that shaped me as a designer,” Lisa said.
Reinventing Indonesia’s traditional fabric: “Batik Priangan” and inspired by its patterns - the design is enriched with complexities of handmade eye-catching fabric manipulations techniques, applications of beads and crystal detailing, structural line design and also incorporates hand-painted fabric and heritage accessories from Indonesia artists to make it more avant-garde and also to support local artists.
Each gown not only underscores her unique ability to tap into Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage but also an array of influences - the interplay of female empowerment, strength, and vulnerability are all reflected in exquisitely rendered couture in astro dust, galactic cobalt, sage leaf, and apricot crush color and mood of each piece created to achieve a modern aesthetic and reflect the subtle sense of the theme without sacrificing the elegance and uniqueness as her signature style.
Taussy Daniel's stunning collection of formal evening wear was a mix of wearable art, all statement pieces, and all dresses from shades of seafoam and chartreuse to more traditional colors. Taússy Daniel was born October 8, 1991, in Maputo, the capital of Moçambique. Taússy Daniel is today a well-known high-fashion brand (Haute Couture).
With her unique design, Taússy Daniel focuses her energy on all women who identify with eclectic style where the silhouette plays a central role.
A brand that emphasizes the feminine body using only selected cutting techniques and the highest grade of materials, making every TAÚSSY DANIEL woman a unique being that is envied, respected, and adored.
Victorian Maiden was a hit with its throwback to the Victorian era. The brand started in Japan in1999 and is known for its beautiful silhouettes and has a reputation for being not only "Kawaii" but also adding elegant and coquettish elements to complete the fashion aesthetic for adults regardless of age. The brand will celebrate its 25th anniversary and bring the new "Victorian Maiden" to the fashion world. The collection is a more concentrated collection of the world fashion, from "Lolita fashion" to chic and ready-to-wear clothing that can be easily incorporated into daily style, to items with a motif of a person whom a girl adores.
The brand proudly presents the Japanese Victorian style-- the world of Victorian maiden.
About Global Fashion Collective Launched in October 2017, Global Fashion Collective (GFC) is a platform led by a group of dynamic individuals who share the common goal of cultivating an inclusive and diverse fashion industry. Global Fashion Collective’s mission is to accelerate designer development by producing innovative runway showcases globally in fashion capitals to increase international media visibility and expand new market opportunities for their show’s participating designers. As the sister company to Vancouver Fashion Week, which has been producing shows since 2001, GFC works with a wide range of international designers at all runway shows. After showcasing in Paris, New York, and Tokyo, the Collective plans to expand its reach with upcoming shows in London and Milan for 2023. Global Fashion Collective aims to grow to be the industry leader in providing collective shows worldwide.
There you have it, wasn’t it just a fabulous collection?!
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