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Asian American Designers at the New York Fashion Week

Asian American designers at the New York fashion week scored once again. As the week draws to a close, Designers like Vera Wang, Phillip Lim, Derek Lam wowed the audiences with their inspirational and original designs. They say that these are names that are increasingly likely to represent the future of fashion.

Vera Wang, so popular among celebrities was primarily known for celebrity wedding gowns. Having designed for celebrities like Ivanka Trump, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Kate Hudson and the most recent Chelsea Clinton, she was in the news recently for her tie up with David’s Bridals.

At the New York show, majority of her new collection was in the hues of dark and gray, rather than bold and bright colors. Still, Wang impressed her audience with a series of dresses and skirts and which carried a subtle hint of Asian influence in the prints and origami-like folding of fabrics. We are sure that these designs will be complemented best with gemstone jewelry. Especially sapphire jewelry is awesomely breathtaking with black and gray attires.

In her show notes, Wang explained that her spring 2011 line was inspired by Kill Bill, “the fusion of East meets West with a mixture of boyish urban sophistication and romantic otherworldly sensuality.”

As a renowned magazine put it, “one got a masculine meets feminine moment, a crossroads of pinstripes and sheer chiffons at Vera Wang this season when the designer presented her spring 2011 collection.”

Then there was the 27-year-old Jason Wu who shot into fame when his white, one-shoulder gown was selected by Michelle Obama for her husband’s inauguration. His spring collection at New York Fashion Week featured new lines of handbags and shoes, a beauty collaboration and his own logo: an owl.

Wu described his fall collection “Not bubbly or cute, but very grown-up”. Inspired by a book of fairy tale drawings by Victorian-era artist Arthur Rackham, Wu designs are romantic, and subtle. The shapes are simple, figure flattering and are appropriate for all ages. By the way, Michele Obama is known as much for her fashion elegance, as for her glam pearls.

Phillip Lim, the designer who raised sportswear to must- haves in the wardrobe by altering the usual just that much, did it again at the fashion week in New York. Among other designs, the best of shorts came in denim with a paper bag waist, worn with a fur-trimmed anorak. Lim ticked off the sweater-dressing trend, too, offering an airy gray mohair sweater dress with a chiffon hem and a gray merino wool poncho with side lacing.

Minimalism inspired Derek Lam’s designs, (as he said in his show notes) besides the artist Larry Bell.  Described by a critic as clothing that was simple but covetable – we saw an A-line skirt in a lovely washed blue denim, paired with a boxy utility jacket with a back vent detail; a canvas trench coat with a peplum-back vest in the same fabrication layered on top; and a short-sleeve devore velvet dress in a dappled blue, black and green pattern like moonlight shining on ocean waves.

The Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week ends on Thursday.

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