Asian Americans: We're Taking Over Fashion Week (And The NY Times)

Monday, September 06, 2010

Getting front page news on the NY Times as Fashion Week apparently draws close (because I had no idea before I read this article) it seems like Asian American and Asian designers are getting all of the hype - and people are noticing.

The mood was set early at the American fashion awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in June, an event often likened to the Oscars of the fashion world, with a guest list that included celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow and almost every top designer. In quick succession, three men were called to the stage to accept their awards as the best new designers of the year: Richard Chai for men’s wear, Jason Wu for women’s wear and Alexander Wang for accessories. It was the first time that all three prizes given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America were awarded to designers who are Asian-American [...]

Their ascent to the top tier of New York fashion represents an important demographic shift on Seventh Avenue. At the Fashion Week that begins here on Thursday, many of the most promising new designers are of Asian descent, a group that includes Mr. Wang and Mr. Wu; Thakoon Panichgul, one of the stars of the documentary “The September Issue,” about Vogue magazine; Prabal Gurung; Phillip Lim; and Derek Lam — names that are increasingly likely to represent the future of fashion.
Just for the record - I really can sew - albeit not that good...