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Highlights from Taipei Fashion Week

By Yali Chen
In its 2nd year, Taipei Fashion Week 2019 combined digital art and pop music once again to demonstrate the strong strength of Taiwan’s young fashion designers.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Taipei City Government, this year’s Taipei Fashion Week has reached more young people and expanded its influence.
Titled “Next Gen,” the event ran from September 27 until October 20. It took place in the Chante Boulevard Plaza, Xinyi Business District, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Dazhi and Neihu areas, Digital Content Incubator in the Wanhua area, and T Fashion platform in the Dadaocheng area.
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Taiwanese-American R&B singer ØZI (third from left) and Taiwanese actress Xinya An (third from right) at Taipei Fashion Week 2019.
The fourth edition of Nuit Blanche Taipei kicked off with a series of art and cultural events in the Dazhi and Neihu areas on October 5. Two galas joined forces for the first time to create an interactive street fashion show.
Asia Fashion Collection 2019 kick-started on October 10. Rising fashion designers from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand were invited to present their Spring-Summer 2020 collections.
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Taiwan’s up-and-coming designers at Taipei Fashion Week 2019.
The grand finale of Taipei Fashion Week was the catwalk show on October 12. Eight Taiwanese cutting-edge designers and international brands exhibited their Spring-Summer 2020 collections. The show combined fashion, digital art, local culture, and pop music.
The eight local designers included Bob Jian (簡國彥), Allen Ko (柯瑋倫), Jerry Hsieh (謝宇農) of WooLeeX, Sabrina Hsieh (謝怡君), Jill Shen (申子芹) of Seivson, Jenn Lee (李維錚), Kuan Chen (陳冠百) and Chen Min-fen (陳敏芬) of Story Wear, and Jian Jun-ying (簡君嫄) of C JEAN.
The Go Go Machine Orchestra and Chang Dance Theater (長弓舞蹈劇場) appeared on the runway. Hong Kong singer-songwriter Deng Ziqi (鄧紫棋) also performed as a special guest at Taipei Fashion Week.
In addition, an international fashion forum took place on October 11. Its theme was “What’s Next: The New Fashion Order” to echo the spirit of this year’s fashion week. Wu Shih-chia (吳世家) of Hong Kong Chinese University, Vogue Business Chief Editor Lauren Indvik, Shopbop Head of Greater China Sherry Shi, Miniwiz Founder and CEO Arthur Huang (黃謙智), and Fashion Clinic Founder Kay Wong (黃琪) shared their perspectives on fashion design and trends.