Asia Fashion Collection Wows Crowd with Next Generation of Talent

at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

New York, NY (February 11, 2014) — On February 8th, Tokyo’s acclaimed design school Vantan returned to New York for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with new partner PARCO to launch the Asia Fashion Collection incubator featuring the next generation of Asia’s rising talent. 

The runway show featured six designers, 3 from Vantan Tokyo and 3 selected by PARCO: Highlights included:

VIANAD ViVi joanne Anais dorsbien by Suzuki Mark (Vantan Design Institute)

ViVijoanne and Anais.  Elegant and sweet fictional sisters are based on an imaginary scene from a romance movie.  The feeling of dreaming a story translates to the feeling of wearing a story; a brand in which garments transform women dramatically.

AUSTIN. W by Tzu-Yun Wu (Taiwan) 

Calm, cool, and neutral tones with a touch of futuristic gray marks the image of this brand. I create infinite possibilities through digital prints that appear every season, combining sophisticated silhouettes with simplicity.

HANG by Mim Mak (Hong Kong) 

Founded in 2012, Hang presents a collection of stark blacks and winter whites focused on shapes.  Raw edges and sheen are paired with graceful hemlines that articulate movement.

is by Kishimoto Akiko (Vantan Design Institute)

Designs reminiscent of dancing under the moonlight.  Luxury clothes in leathers, wools and silks, shine in the dark. Rock is the root of the brand that emulates hard elegance.

R-SHEMISTE by Won Ji Yeun (Korea)

Modern, innovative combinations of fabric and textile, accentuate the unique quality of materials.

SEi by Sei Yumiko (Vantan Design Institute)

Haute couture knitwear.  “Fascinate the you in yourself. I will give you the one and only seam - the seam that links you to yourself.”  Remember more; imagine more. If you have what it takes to throw it all away, dare to be wilder.  

About Asia Fashion Collection (AFC)
AFC, an incubation project that seeks to evolve the fashion industry across Asia, is produced and supported by Vantan and PARCO, in cooperation with leading industry organizations: Korean Fashion Association, Taiwan Textile Federation and Hong Kong Trade Development Council.


Photographed by – VITAL AGIBALOW