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Taipei’s first fashion week kicks off

By Yali Chen
 
2018 is going to be a great leap forward in Taiwan’s fashion industry as it is the first time that the Ministry of Culture (MOC), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) worked together to launch Taipei’s first fashion show and demonstrate the unique skills of Taiwan’s young fashion designers.
 
The DCA teamed up with Vogue magazine to hold Taipei Fashion Week 2018, which runs from September 28 until October 21. Combining international resources, virtual platforms, innovative digital art, and pop music, Taipei’s first fashion show will function as a stage for Taiwanese rising fashion designers to present the fashion trends of autumn/winter season. The DCA invited the general public to participate in this grand event.

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From left to right, C.M. Liu, Managing Director of Vogue Taiwan; Lee Li-ju, Deputy Commissioner
of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs; Taiwanese actress Summer Meng;
and Karsten Moepps, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mercedes-Benz Taiwan
attend the September 28 press conference to announce the kickoff of Taipei Fashion Week 2018.

This year’s fashion show also received strong support from leading brands. For example, Mercedes-Benz has been a longstanding partner of the fashion industry, sponsoring over 30 fashion weeks worldwide. Meanwhile, domestic and international fashion brands, large department stores and shopping malls, as well as well-known entertainers and celebrities also joined the festivities.
 
The first wave of Taipei Fashion Week was the “Chante Fair,” whose venue ran from Chante Boulevard (the pedestrian zone between A8 Branch and A10 Branch of the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store) in the Xinyi District to Chante Boulevard Plaza, and the pedestrian area in front of Vieshow Cinemas.
 
The fair was filled with a wide variety of fashion icons and symbols, such as equations, wavelengths, and refractive index. In an effort to keep up with the latest and coolest fashion trends, the organizers gathered a wide range of well-known brands from Taiwan and overseas to create this fashionable and creative fair. The general public are welcome to take part in Taipei’s first international fashion event.

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Taiwanese actress Summer Meng shows off Justin Chou’s Fall/Winter collection
at Taipei Fashion Week.

 
C.M. Liu, Managing Director of Vogue Taiwan, said that Taipei Fashion Week had kicked off with Vogue magazine’s Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) on September 28. With a fearless spirit, this year’s fashion show broke the rules and demonstrated unlimited originality and creativity to create an art world without boundaries in the Xinyi District.
 
Meanwhile, the organizers created a new stage for the new generation of independent fashion designers, holding a series of cross-border exhibitions and performances for two consecutive weekends. Up-and-coming designers were invited to unveil their latest Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Young music creators also joined Taipei Fashion Week, which contains music performances, innovative runway shows, and cross-border interactive performances.
 
In addition, the 13 participating pop fashion boutiques – including NARS, NIKE, BOBBI BROWN, Guerlain, Charles & Keith, Dyson, Estee Lauder, ASUS, Steve Madden, Jimmy Choo, KC winwin, CoCo Bar KTV, VOGUE SHOP – will also launch a series of exclusive events and products.

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Taiwanese actress Summer Meng poses for photos with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé.
 
Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai’s Your Majesty Pop-up Store that sells handcrafted and customized fondant cakes for each customer, is also in the spotlight for the first time.
 
In March 2016, Tsai participated in a cake competition organized by Cake International in Birmingham, the U.K., and got a Silver Award in the “A Decorative Exhibit Category.” Seven months later, she took part in this cake competition once again, winning a Gold Award in the same category this time for her fondant cake creation.
 
The pop star used the concept of exquisite fondant art to open her store that showcased two fondant cake sculptures, winners of the British Cake International awards. A limited number of her fondant cakes will be available at this year’s Taipei Fashion Week.

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From left to right, Jolin Wu, Jenn Lee, Wang Li-ling, and Huang Sheng-yao
are Taiwan’s rising fashion designers.


The second wave of Taipei Fashion Week was the first International Fashion Summit Forum on October 12 at Taipei 101. The forum focuses on fashion education and the fashion industry of Taiwan. Participants could learn how to take inspiration from daily life and culture, how to make good use of the Internet and technology, and how to expand the fashion market.
 
Heavyweight speakers include Dominique Simard, Executive Director of Condé Nast Center of Fashion & Design; fashion designer Andrew Gn; Stephanie Kuo, Artistic Director of the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store; and Judy Liu, Farfetch’s managing director for China. They not only shared their own international experiences through cross-border cooperation cases of technology, social networks, e-commerce and creativity, but also engaged directly with those who are interested in fashion design.
 
The third wave of Taipei Fashion Week is the first-ever street closure for Taipei’s fashion show that reached its climax on October 13 and 14. Over the weekend, the city government temporarily closed the Songzhi Road in the Xinyi District to hold such a creative and high-profile cross-border fashion show. The east entrance of Taipei City Hall and Songzhi Road will also be transformed into the main stage and catwalk respectively.

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Professional models from Catwalk Production House Corp. show off the beautiful gowns,
luxury-themed collections, and ready-to-wear items provided by international fashion designers.

 
On October 13, models showed off the Fall/Winter 2018 collection of international fashion brands, such as Daks, LEONARD, Michael Kors, Onefifteen, Weng Collection, and Blumarine, against the backdrop of Taipei 101 in the starry sky.
 
On October 14, six Taiwanese fashion designers, including Apu Jan (詹朴), Justin Chou (周裕穎), Wang Li-ling (汪俐伶), Huang Sheng-yao (黃聖堯), Jolin Wu (吳若羚), Jenn Lee (李維錚), launched their latest collection.
 
A graduate of Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City, Apu Jan is a London-based fashion designer. After earning a master’s degree in Knitwear Womenswear from the Royal College of Art in London, he quickly showed his creative talent at London Fashion Week.
 
Since launching his Autumn/Winter collection at London Fashion Week in 2013, Jan has worked with many Taiwanese young artists. They have also formed a strong team to encourage the new generation of Taiwanese young designers to show their creations at London Fashion Week.
 
Jan specializes in the integration of patterns and knitwear techniques. In recent years, he has been asked to design flight attendant uniforms for Eva Air, dancewear for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and corporate apparel for Wu Bao-chun’s Maifangdian Taipei Xinyi flagship store and the century-old Kuo Yuan Ye Corp. One of Jan’s knitwear collections for women has been permanently collected by the Museum of Lace and Fashion in France.
 
Chou graduated from the Domus Academy in Milan. He launched his brand, Just In Case, in 2013 to combine his vision of street fashion and his philosophy of cultural diversity.
 
The designer’s label, Just In Case, debuted in New York in February at the Spring/Summer 2017 New York Fashion Week (NYFW). His distinctive style of blending traditional Chinese elements and Western street styles won him a place as one of “The 18 wildest looks from New York Fashion Week” by Business Insider in February, 2017.
 
For the NYFW in September 2017, Chou worked with the National Museum of History in Taipei to incorporate the artworks of Chinese-French artist Sanyu (常玉) into his fashion design. The rising designer also cooperated with the National Palace Museum in Taipei to unveil his Fall/Winter 2018 collection in an effort to arouse public attention to value historical and cultural treasures.
 
After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Wang founded the DARKLIGHT DESIGN Studio and serves as creative director of her fashion label, WANGLILING. She has been committed to creating different light effects through a wide variety of materials.
 
Wang’s newest fashion design drew inspiration from water and technology. She added a great range of technical fabric into her design to create her one-of-a-kind fashion style.
 
Lee graduated from London College of Fashion in 2011. Before launching her label JENN LEE in 2015, she worked as an intern for Alexander McQueen under Gucci Group and London-based fashion designer Felicity Brown. The Taipei-based experimental fashion designer tries to seek perfection within imperfection and believes in freedom, love, and peace.
 
Apart from Taiwanese actress Summer Meng (孟耿如), Christine Fan (范瑋琪), around 100 professional models will be walking the runway, showing off the beautiful gowns, luxury-themed collections and ready-to-wear items provided by the six up-and-coming designers.
 
The fashion show started at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and finished at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. More than 1,000 spectators a day and fashion designers at home and abroad were expected to attend.