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Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 秋冬聯名時尚

27 Sep

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瑞典平價服飾 H&M 自 2004 年起就陸續與Karl Lagerfeld、Margiela、Isabel Marant等大牌設計師展開聯名企劃,今年秋冬當然也不例外邀請到身兼個人品牌和 Balenciaga 創意總監的紐約設計師 Alexander Wang (王大仁/亞歷山大·王)合作推出時裝,無疑引起了全球時尚迷的熱烈討論,也在我們等候多時後,終於在最新一期的《GQ》 “Men of the Year” 特輯中搶先看到他們聯名的第一波Lookbook,將 Alexander Wang 擅長的極簡時尚設計融入運動服裝之中,打造超過40樣造型單品實足令人期待,而此回官方也正式公開聯名系列的宣傳形象,除了找來 Joan Smalls、Raquel Zimmermann、Isabeli Fontana和Natasha Poly四位時尚超模進行穿搭,另外邀請英國著名的足球運動員 Andy Carroll 及拳擊手 Rivaldino dos Santos 出鏡拍攝,並由攝影師 Mikael Jansson 負責掌鏡,展現簡約硬派的時尚氛圍,此系列 Alexander Wang x H&M 2014 秋冬聯名上市日期將於11月6日起於全球 H&M 專賣店開賣。

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Alexander Wang 表示:「我感到很榮幸能夠與 H&M 合作推出時裝系列。與他們的團隊合作是非常精彩有趣的體驗。他們敢於突破常規,成功建立出一個創意平台,讓更廣泛的顧客群能夠認識 Alexander Wang 這個品牌及它象徵的生活態度。」

H&M 創意顧問 Margareta van den Bosch 表示:「Alexander Wang 是現今時裝界最有份量的設計師之一。他完全明白人們希望擁有怎樣的時裝 ,而且他的設計充滿活力和熱情。今年能夠與他合作是一個非常難得的體驗。」

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Alexander Wang x H&M – Runway Debut in New York

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Alexander Wang Unveils H&M Ad Campaign

“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle,” Alexander Wang said.

This is the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M, and the Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for both men and women.

Typical for his irreverent approach, Alexander Wang will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.

The New York based fashion designer’s eponymous brand has firmly established itself by perpetually evolving and re-contextualizing the urban uniform, since it was launched on the runway in 2007.  Alexander Wang’s core sensibility is a reflection on contrasts, blending seamlessly between the refined and the imperfect.  His collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease.

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

November 6, please come soon. 

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Designer-Made Halloween Masks

1 Nov

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Masters of Disguise:
Designer-Made Halloween Masks on Some of Our Favorite New Yorkers

Photographed by Olivia Bee | Styled by Jorden Bickham

It’s almost Halloween, and while many of us are a little too grown-up to go trick-or-treating, most of us still love any good excuse to wear a costume. Case in point: We asked designers (Olivier Theyskens, Stephen Jones, Eugenia Kim, and Warby Parker to name a few) to create special Halloween masks, and some of our favorite New Yorkers (including Grace Coddington, Angel Haze, Leandra Medine, and more) stopped by and played dress up with them. See who you recognize behind these one-of-a-kind creations in this first installment of our Halloween mask slideshow, and check back tomorrow for updates.

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Erdem mask worn by Mickey Sumner

Erdem mask worn by Mickey Sumner

“I wanted to create something that you would imagine seeing in a Visconti film.”—Erdem Moralioglu

Made of lace and ostrich feathers.

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Fornasetti mask worn by Vogue’s Tonne Goodman

Fornasetti mask worn by Vogue’s Tonne Goodman

The décor of this mask is taken from the series “Tema e Variazioni” (theme and variations) by Piero Fornasetti. The image that inspired Fornasetti to coin the title “Tema e Variazioni,” is the enigmatic face of a woman: the opera singer Lina Cavalieri. For him, this face became the ultimate enduring motif.

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John Derian mask worn by Toni Garrn

John Derian mask worn by Toni Garrn

“Masks can be sexy and mysterious. Sometimes the simplest thing can have a lot of impact.”

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Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen mask worn by Vogue’s Camilla Nickerson

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen mask worn by Vogue’s Camilla Nickerson

Made of tulle and lace.

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William Ivey Long mask worn by Vanessa Zahorian of the San Francisco Ballet

William Ivey Long mask worn by Vanessa Zahorian of the San Francisco Ballet

“It is a prototype mask for one of the step-sisters in Cinderella, Gabrielle, as she is trying to woo the prince at the ball.”—William Ivey Long

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Jean Paul Gaultier mask worn by Olivia Bee

Jean Paul Gaultier mask worn by Olivia Bee

Made with gold guipure lace with white feathers.

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Kate Spade New York mask worn by Pascal O’Neill

Kate Spade New York mask worn by Pascal O’Neill

“I have always loved owls and have been collecting them with a passion for many years. We have designed many special owl pieces for our collections—but never a mask until now.” —Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York

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Dolce & Gabbana mask worn by Tabitha Simmons

Dolce & Gabbana mask worn by Tabitha Simmons

Made of velvet, feathers, and multicolored crystal stones.

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Maison Michel mask worn by Rebecca Dayan

Maison Michel mask worn by Rebecca Dayan

“I was so excited about [this Halloween project]! I immediately thought of the Falbala lace hood that I created a couple of years ago for Maison Michel that Sasha Pivovarova had worn for a Maison Michel lookbook shot by Karl Lagerfeld. I got my inspiration from the Vogue covers from the 50s. They were often sumptuous and dramatic images of girls wearing hats and veils. I had also been thinking a lot about Diana Vreeland’s beautiful work at this time.”—Laetitia Crahay of Maison Michel

Made of lace with dark wilted flowers and a hand-painted touch of orange color.

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Julien d’Ys mask worn by Vogue’s Phyllis Posnick

Julien d’Ys mask worn by Vogue’s Phyllis Posnick

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Nike mask worn by Hilary Rhoda

Nike mask worn by Hilary Rhoda

“The mask is inspired from the Air Jordan 13 shoe. The Air Jordan 13 was inspired by Michael Jordan’s nickname ‘Black Cat.’”

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Poppin mask worn by Oscar O’Neill

Poppin mask worn by Oscar O’Neill

“‘The Big Grin’ mask is an ode to Poppin’s dedication to working happy in style.”

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Prabal Gurung mask worn by Sami Gayle

Prabal Gurung mask worn by Sami Gayle

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Hussein Chalayan mask worn by Vogue’s Sally Singer

Hussein Chalayan mask worn by Vogue’s Sally Singer

“This mask is about anonymity and the idea of protecting preciousness. The face is covered like a valuable piece of jewelry or furniture seen in grand homes preceding the long departure of their owners.” —Hussein Chalayan

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Shourouk mask worn by Leandra Medine

Shourouk mask worn by Leandra Medine

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Thakoon for Tasaki mask worn by Loan Chabanol

Thakoon for Tasaki mask worn by Loan Chabanol

“This mask is made of a lace veil with a pearl-encrusted skull à la a corpse bride.”—Thakoon Panichgul

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Pat McGrath mask worn by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles

Pat McGrath mask worn by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles

Pat McGrath (patmcgrathreal) on Twitter

Pat McGrath (patmcgrathreal) on Twitter

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Erickson Beamon worn by Ajak Deng

Erickson Beamon worn by Ajak Deng

“When you wear our butterfly, mask you have the ability to transform from the ordinary to the extraordinary.”—Karen Erickson

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Anndra Neen masks worn by Phoebe Stephens and Annette Stephens

Anndra Neen masks worn by Phoebe Stephens and Annette Stephens

“We have always been drawn to the elegance of Venetian carnival masks and were inspired by the 1920s British silent drama film Carnival.”

“Our father was an Olympic fencer, and we have always been inspired by the old fencing masks he used to wear, so we created our own modern take on it.”

Made of alpaca silver and brass

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Flower Girl mask worn by Denise Porcaro

Flower Girl mask worn by Denise Porcaro

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Tom Binns mask worn by Harley Viera-Newton

Tom Binns mask worn by Harley Viera-Newton

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Giulietta mask worn by Julia Garner

Giulietta mask worn by Julia Garner

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Philip Treacy mask worn by Toni Garrn

Philip Treacy mask worn by Toni Garrn

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Lanvin masks worn by Vogue’s Kelly Connor and Chelsea Zalopany

Lanvin masks worn by Vogue’s Kelly Connor and Chelsea Zalopany

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Manolo Blahnik mask worn by Rebecca Dayan

Manolo Blahnik mask worn by Rebecca Dayan

“This mask was inspired by Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for Oscar Wilde’sSalome.”—Manolo Blahnik

Made with pencil, Chinese ink, and Tombow markers on Blahnik’s sketchpad.

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Meadham Kirchhoff mask worn by Vogue’s Lynn Yaeger

Meadham Kirchhoff mask worn by Vogue’s Lynn Yaeger

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Carolina Herrera mask worn by Fei Fei Sun

Carolina Herrera mask worn by Fei Fei Sun

Made with rust velvet ribbon, jewels, feathers.

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Langley Fox mask worn by Jessica Hart

Langley Fox mask worn by Jessica Hart

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Hugo Guinness mask worn by Simon Rich

Hugo Guinness mask worn by Simon Rich

“Brown paper bags fit over all head sizes, and once decorated, they make attractive disguises. I never leave home without one.”—Hugo Guinness

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Stephen Jones “The Fashion Pussycat” mask worn by Grace Coddington

Stephen Jones “The Fashion Pussycat” mask worn by Grace Coddington

“Meow and purrr, isn’t that fashion enough for you?”—Stephen Jones

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Eloise Corr Danch mask worn by Fei Fei Sun

Eloise Corr Danch mask worn by Fei Fei Sun

The “Day of the Dead” mask consists of a papier-mâché base paired with satin ribbon, acrylic paint, pastel drawing paper, beading, ribbon, paillettes, Indian coin paillettes, rhinestones, armature wire, floral tape, and hemp chording.

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Olivier Theyskens mask worn by the designer

Olivier Theyskens mask worn by the designer

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Eugenia Kim mask worn by Elin Kling

Eugenia Kim mask worn by Elin Kling

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Opening Ceremony mask worn by Angel Haze

Opening Ceremony mask worn by Angel Haze

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Flour Shop edible chocolate mask worn by Amirah Kassem

Flour Shop edible chocolate mask worn by Amirah Kassem

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Warby Parker mask worn by Leandra Medine

Warby Parker mask worn by Leandra Medine

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Eugenia Kim mask worn by A$AP Ferg

Eugenia Kim mask worn by A$AP Ferg

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Kamo mask worn by Olivia Bee

Kamo mask worn by Olivia Bee

“The mask is a white fox. In Japan, a white fox is the incarnation of God.”—Kamo

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Winner of the 2013 H&M Design Award

4 Sep

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Minju Kim, Winner of the 2013 H&M Design Award, presents catwalk show in Stockholm

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The winner of the 2013 H&M Design Award is Minju Kim, a 26-year-old student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Minju won the chance to present her collection with her own show at the Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, as well as a prize of €50,000. Minju also won the opportunity to develop pieces from her collection to be sold in selected H&M stores this autumn. Minju was chosen by a grand jury which included fashion designer Jonathan Saunders, editor-at-large Tim Blanks, stylist Leith Clark, photographer Sølve Sundsbø, blogger and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, fashion journalist Kristopher Arden Houser, H&M’s Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch, and H&M’s Head of Design Ann-Sofie Johansson.

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“I still can’t believe it that I have won the H&M Design Award 2013. It’s so amazing to be able to show at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, and to experience what it’s like to have a show all to yourself. It’s such an amazing opportunity, and such a big surprise,” says Minju Kim, winner of the H&M Design Award 2013.

“I am so happy that Minju Kim has won the H&M Design Award for 2013. Her collection was amazing, full of creativity, happiness and the joy of exploring different shapes and details. Minju kept it all together with a strong sense of design and craftsmanship,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design.

“Minju had everything. From the first little detail to the last elaborate outfit, it was incredibly coherent, and with an attitude to life that was so joyous. I just felt good looking at her clothes. You can see how people would really be seduced by Minju’s designs,” says Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large, Style.com.

Minju is a designer from South Korea who is now in her final masters year studying fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She won the H&M Design Award 2013 with her BA collection titled “Dear My Friend”, inspired by Japanese Manga cartoonist Junji Ito. The inspiration may be fantastical, but the work that went into the collection was incredibly serious. The H&M Design Award judges were impressed by Minju’s determination to make each piece as perfect as she could. When Minju graduates next year, she plans to gain experience through internships at established brands, before setting up a label of her own.

The winner of this year’s H&M Design Award People’s Prize was announced today as Alba Prat, who has studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin. The prize has been decided by visitors to the H&M Design Award website, who have been voting since January 16 for their favourite collection. Alba Prat receives a month’s internship at Jonathan Saunders in London, giving her the chance to gain invaluable experience with one of fashion’s hottest designers.

Now in its second year, the H&M Design Award aims to encourage and support young fashion talent at the very beginning of their careers. Graduates from nineteen design schools in eight countries, including this year Italy and France, competed first to be local winners, before showing their work to the grand prize jury. Today’s winning show by Minju was streamed live at designaward2013.hm.com, where footage of the entire award’s process can be seen, to inspire future generations of designers who will help move fashion forward.

Source: H&M

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H&M Design Award 2013 – Winner Minju Kim

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韓裔學生Minju Kim獲得H&M時尚大獎

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儘管時尚界褒貶不一,但不得不承認,H&M確實是聰明的營銷機構,特別懂得如何創造新聞使之成為焦點。自2004年起,H&M至少每年都會請一個客座設計師推出聯名系列,每次聯姻“轟炸”都能在全球引起瘋狂搶購。而自打去年開始,H&M又推出了一個專門針對大學生設計師的時尚設計大獎,旨在證明品牌在關注高端時尚的同時也希望推廣和培植新銳設計力量。

昨日,H&M正式宣布就讀於安特衛普皇家藝術學院的韓裔時尚學生Minju Kim獲得了第二次H&M時尚大獎的冠軍。本次比賽的評委包括設計師Jonathan Saunders、時尚評論家Tim Blanks、編輯Leith Clark、H&M的設計總監Ann-Sofie Johansson、H&M的創意顧問Margareta van den Bosch、編輯Kristopher Arden-Houser、攝影師Sølve Sundsbø和博主兼攝影師Hanneli Mustaparta。年僅26歲的Minju Kim成功擊敗了來自歐洲各地時尚學校的眾多參賽對手奪得冠軍。

“我喜歡繽紛多彩的設計”,Minju這樣評價自己的系列,她​​也正因巧用反差色彩而脫穎而出。 “我採用了許多超閃亮面料和明亮淡彩色系,但也運用了鮮明的廓形。大號肩墊、繭型袖與淡彩色系形成了反差。”

“我深受日本漫畫藝術、尤其是伊藤潤二(Junji Ito)作品的影響,”Minju繼續述說自己對恐怖漫畫家的神鬼描繪充滿熱愛,“他的漫畫角色有著精彩的蛻變,而其繪畫層次是如此豐富、充滿質感。繪畫在我的作品中同樣也佔有很重要的地位,在該系列中這一點格外突出。”

作為H&M設計大獎得主,Minju獲得了獲得了50,000歐元的獎金,還將受邀參加1月份在斯德哥爾摩的梅賽德斯-奔馳時裝週上的T台秀,將她的設計呈現給更​​多觀眾。除此以外,她還將準備設計一款時裝系列,該系列將於今年稍後時間在H&M指定門店有售。

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Guo Pei, The Queen of China’s Haute Couture

31 Jan
Miss Universe 2012 China - Best National Costume Award

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This beautiful fashion blog post is a reblog from Fashion & Style Guru of wordpress. If you have followed my beauty blog since winter 2012, you would have read series of Miss Universe 2012 Beauty Pageant coverage from December 2012, and one of which was Miss Universe 2012: Preliminary + National Costume Show.

If you watched the show, or read the blog, you would have seen many stunning national costumes worn by the beauty queens from each country around the globe, and one of the most noticeable dresses from the competition that caused lots of “wow’s” was the one from Miss China Universe 2012 Ji Dan Xu (2012中國環球小姐:許繼丹).

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It was no surprise that Miss China Universe 2012 won the Best National Costume Award for wearing this beautiful gown appears to be inspired by Chien Dynasty-styled vase of ancient China history. When I first saw this dress, my first impression about it was that it must be a masterpiece of a fashion designer because it’s not your typical national costume that you see at beauty pageants, not to mention this unique Chinese gown displays class & elegance in its simple way (but also richly encoded with its Chinese heritage).

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This dress recently came back to me, as a Facebook fan clicked “LIKE” on my related post so I decided to do a bit of online research to see if I can find out more about this dress. I found out about this blog post from Fashion & Style Guru, and that the gown is actually made by Chinese haute couture designer Guo Pei!

Now, please enjoy this blog post and bravo to designer Guo Pei!

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China’s First Class Dress Designer

Guo Pei (郭培) is a familiar name in China’s dress-making circles. For years, her works have been one of the shining highlights of the annual showcase of talent, the CCTV Spring Festival Gala. And she was also the designer behind the beautiful ceremonial dresses used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Let’s hear more about her story.

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Guo Pei’s “Arabian 1002th Night” Spring/Summer 2010 Haute Couture Collection

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The closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics saw a duet between Chinese singer Song Zuying and world famous tenor Placido Domingo as they performed “The Flame of Love”.

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Standing on a high elevator platform in the center of the stadium, it wasn’t only their voices that impressed the audience. Song Zuying’s long robe also dazzled, adding even more glamour to the event.

The diamond-studded garment was a product of Guo Pei, one of China’s most prominent dress designers.

“I didn’t spend much time designing the dress but it did take a lot of time to make. I used more than 200,000 Swarovski crystals that we had to attach to the dress manually. Since we only had about 2 weeks, I hired a dozen people who worked shifts nonstop day and night to finish the dress on time.”

Few designers are bold enough to use 200,000 crystals on one dress. Guo Pei explains what lay behind this decision.

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“I think I purchased almost all the Swarovski diamonds in Hong Kong! Why choose diamonds to decorate the dress? Since the Olympics was such a unique opportunity for our country, for the singer Song Zuying and of course for me to show my work to the world, I felt there was nothing else that could reflect the glamour of the occasion. I wanted my dress to glimmer like a precious stone, so I decided to use diamonds.”

Song Zuying is not the only big star in China that has donned Guo Pei’s masterpiece. The actress Zhang Ziyi has also had the privilege. Guo Pei is now a household name in China after producing dresses for the hosts of the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

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Guo Pei is China’s answer to haute couture. The last time she showed her collection, she sent Carmen Dell’Orefice out in an embroidered, fur-trimmed cape so heavy it took four men to help the legendary model make it down the runway. So expectations were high earlier this week when Guo, whose sculptural, over-the-top creations have drawn admirers including Lady Gaga, mounted her first fashion presentation in more than two years, in Beijing.

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In the second of two showings in a soaring industrial space, visitors on Monday entered via a blacked-out exhibition displaying Guo’s 30 startlingly handcrafted takes on traditional Chinese wedding dresses: sunburst collars, acres of silk, and more hand embroidery than you could shake a needle at. According to the punctilious wall texts, one dress took 7,412 hours to make; another incorporated 465,756 pearls. And the show hadn’t even started yet.

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Once it did, it was an immaculately constructed dark fairy tale of dragon manes, impossibly high wedges, vertiginous headpieces, and ballet dancers, all under the rubric “Legend of the Dragon,” and all slowly paced, shown one at a time. With arguably her country’s most high-wattage client list, Guo in many ways represents China’s new Gilded Age. But her true message was rather more understated: “My goal was to let more people see beautiful things, especially beautiful handicrafts,” she said. “We want to inspire a greater appreciation for traditional crafts, so that they can continue.”

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“When the curtain opens for the start of the show and we hosts step out, before we speak, the first scene billions of viewers see is our dresses, our make-up and our smiles. You can tell how important the dresses are.”

Every year, the Gala show attracts billions of Chinese viewers both at home and abroad with the whole world focused on the stage. Guo Pei also sees the Chinese New Year gala as a chance to represent her works to the public.

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Guo Pei started her designer career when she was 19. In 1986, she graduated from college and became one of the first professional designers in China. Back then, most Chinese people didn’t know what design meant. People didn’t care much whether clothes were designed well or not. Even TV hosts and performers wore everyday clothes. But along with the development of society and thanks to the government’s opening up policy, people have become more aware of well made clothes. An increasing number of people are getting involved in design with many other experienced Chinese designers like Guo Pei winning recognition both home and abroad.

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Guo Pei’s designs always contain Chinese elements, from embroidery to traditional patterns, but they also include modern influences. She combines oriental flavor with western cutting styles perfectly. It’s for this reason she was chosen to design the ceremonial dresses for the Beijing Olympics.

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Now she runs a clothing design company called “Mei Gui Fang” or “Rose Workshop” (玫瑰坊服裝). For ten years, she has been promoting the idea of high-quality tailor-made garments in china, and her clientele includes many of the biggest names in the country. Guo Pei says she will continue this work, and the pursuit of her lifelong dream, namely to design garments that will be remembered for generations.

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For more stories about designer Guo Pei in simplified Chinese text, please check out her interview on VOGUE (China) & more related Chinese text article about Miss China Universe 2012 Ji Dan Xu (2012中國環球小姐:許繼丹).

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Miss China Universe 2012 Ji Dan Xu | 2012中國環球小姐:許繼丹

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Parsons 2012 Designer of the Year Winner: Jin Kay

11 Nov

JIN KAY : IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS

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Parsons, The New School for Design, announced their Womenswear Designer of the Year Award at their Annual Fashion Benefit a few weeks ago and it was no surprise to those who know of Jin Kay‘s work that he snatched up the coveted womenswear award. Kay’s presentation, pre-fall women’s ready-to-wear collection, was inspired by the book In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. Written in the 1930’s, it compares the definition of beauty in the East and West.

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Silence of Shadows – 2012

This pre-fall women’s ready-to-wear collection is inspired by the book In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. The book was written in the 1930’s and it compares the definition of beauty between East and West. While the Western World celebrates the beauty that’s exposed and revealed, the East rejoices everything that is hidden, quiet and mysterious. This collection is a compositional analysis of all those ephemeral elements and it is an exploration of the diverse and unique qualities of shadows.
– Jin Kay @ jinkay.com

  • Photographer: David Surowiecki
  • Music & Sound Design: John Mutter
  • Make-up Artist: Jacqueline Cookson
  • Model:Tereza Janáková
  • Direction & Fashion Design: Jin Kay

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While the Western World celebrates the beauty that’s exposed and revealed, the East rejoices everything that is hidden, quiet and mysterious.  This collection is an exploration of the diverse and unique qualities of shadows as shown by the contrasting textures of  his chosen materials (i.e.chiffon and wool), polished, refined and extremely wearable; which of course translates to commercial sales. The video below shows his process of cutting and draping, and allowing for creative ways to wear the pieces.

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The contrasting paradoxical depths are created by the very clever use of shades of black tones which absorb light and create the mysterious shadow quality. This is exactly what the book does; by exposing this very mysterious side of the East, and holding it up to our bold and loud Western ways, it forces us to look deep into ourselves and our relationship to our planetary habitation . How do we view this relationship, what are the effects of it, and do we really (strive to) understand it??

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Jin Kay (Jin Woo Kim) was born and raised in South Korea. During his early years in Seoul, Busan, he developed a sensibility, rooted in a conceptual and poetic design philosophy. His appreciation for art and design evolved and expanded after relocating to the highly competitive cultural scene of New York City. In 2005,  Kay was admitted at the prestigious Parsons, The New School for Design, and since then he has been nominated and recognized with some of the most prominent honors available in the Fashion industry. In 2007 he received the AFT International Fashion Award as well as an International Scholarship from Parsons School of Design for excelling in Design. In 2010 SAGA FURS selected him as one of the Top 5 Finalists for an Accessory line and in 2011 the CFDA selected him as one of the Top 10 Designers with Honorable Mention. Most recently he was the recipient of the D2 North America Award, he was selected to be part of a Design Workshop organized by the LVMH Group in New York City, and he has been distinguished as 2012 Designer of the Year from Parsons School of Design.

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Jin Kay – In Praise of Shadows 2012

  • Jin Kay @ jinkay.com
  • Directed by Monica Mayorga
  • Produced by Edgar Almaguer
  • Music by John Mutter
  • Sound by Kian Sorouri
  • Cinematography by Juan Carlos Mayorga

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