This year’s Asia Fashion Collection show– the fifth annual event–highlighted up-and-coming designers hailing from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The slew of designers portrayed a range of styles for both mens and womenswear fall fashion.
The Asia Fashion Collection selects designers through a competition process, with participants competing to win a spot at NYFW to debut their collections. This year’s brands included Fumiku by Fumika Hayashi, AH by Aoi Wanaka and Hyowon Lee, epi la mode by Miho Tsutumi, VLEEDA by Dauen Lee, shen yao by Shen Yao Huang, KA WA KEY by Key Chow, and CHAN CHIT LO by Venus Lo.
Japan-based designer Hayashi displayed a beautiful womenswear collection full of feminine silhouettes in vintage-inspired hues. Also from Japan, the brand AH had a standout whimsical sheer embroidered dress overlay dichotomized by a leather baseball hat.
Menswear designers Chow and Lo, both from Hong Kong, shared similar deconstructed inspirations. Chow’s line featured avant-garde looks, especially with a faux paint-splattered layered cable sweater ensemble with a sheer veil over the model’s face. The CHAN LIT LO show focused on derelict chic fashions with oversized garments and ripped sweaters. Lo’s style with the most reaction was an oversized coat that looked like ripped insulation. According to these Hong Kong designers, it seems grunge is back from fall menswear.
The Asia Fashion Collection displayed a variety of styles and inspirations from a range of Asian designers.