In a wonderful quiet corner in the heart of the city, I found this chic boutique with a strong character owned by a Parisian-born Chinese architect turned fashion designer, Tse Yuen-Man. Tse started her career as an architect until two years ago in 2009, she launched the precious apparel brand Magnan & Tse. That explains why Tse’s designs exude structural beauty and focus on silhouette. In one word, her design style is Chinese in spirit with French basics.
My Favorite Designer 4: the Taiwanese Designer Wang-Chen Tsai-Hsia for Shiatzy Chen – “Neo-Chinese Chic” at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010
I got that attached feeling to the Taiwanese designer Wang-Chen Tsai-Hsia for Shiatzy Chen probably because I myself am half Taiwanese (my mom’s Taiwanese) and born in the States. Wang-Chen started her fashion career in the 1970s as a seamstress in a clothing store in Taiwan, and has become the founder/design director of Shiatzy Chen and the only Chinese member of the French Fashion Federation 30 years later. Her designs have always been beautiful full of oriental elegance since the debut of Shiatzy Chen at Paris Fashion Week in 2008. Wang-Chen blends Eastern and Western fashion senses into her clothes. They’re crafted in Western cuts, in top-quality brocade and silk with exquisite, hand-stitching craftsmanship like embroidery, appliques and beading. The brand spirit for Shiatzy Chen’s “neo-Chinese chic,” which transfers traditional Chinese aesthetics into modern fashion design, and therefore its collections always result in a beautiful amalgamation of oriental aesthetics and western splendor. Each season Shiatzy Chen picks one of the Chinese elements as an inspiration for the new collection such as traditional Chinese calligraphy and classical ink and wash painting for 2010 Spring/Summer collection, Chinese porcelain works for 2009 Spring/Summer collection, and the Silk Road for Fall/Winter 2009 Collection. Wang-Chen’s inspiration this season’s the essence of jade. The show took place at the Grand Palais on the 8th day of Paris Fashion Week (9th March).
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My Favorite Designer 3: Vivienne Tam Fall/Winter 2010 Presentation at the Mercer Street Flagship, New York – the Pride of Hong Kong
Undoubtedly Vivienne Tam is well-known to the world for her East-meets-West fashion sense especially to New Yorkers, as Tam moved to New York in 1982 where she thrived on the excitement and energy of the fashion world after attending college to study fashion design in Hong Kong. Despite the fact that New York has become a home for her, Tam’s a native daughter of Hong Kong where she had lived with her parents who fled China for Hong Kong till she graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Growing up in the unique atmosphere of the then British colony of Hong Kong with its combination of Chinese and Western influences’ inspired Tam’s East-meets-West style. Season after season, Vivienne Tam draws inspiration from her Chinese heritage to create distinctive clothing that blends the best of both Eastern and Western cultures. In 1995, Tam sparked controversy with her “Mao” collection. The designs depicted the former Chinese Communist Party leader in unusual and humorous ways, such as with his hair in pigtails or with a bee on his nose. While alienating and offending her Chinese customers, Tam made waves in the US, as Americans lauded the provocative collection. In 1997, her “Buddha” collection excited similar interest and controversy.