This week the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office hosted a fashion presentation, PRAXES, for three emerging Taiwan fashion designers. PRAXES is a fashion incubator program offering Taipei-based fashion brands and professionals New York City industry experience and industry support, immersing them in the full fashion world of design, marketing, sales and management.
Head designer for the playful knitwear line Twinkle by Wenlan, Wenlan Chia came up with a way to give young Taiwan designers just starting out in the states a chance at real connections and experience. PRAXES was born and has lead up to this fabulous spring 2014 presentation. Models were presented at the top of the stairs of the cultural office wearing the individual designers one at a time and then later mingled with the crowd of stylish press and buyers.
One of the designers, Jamie Xiang Tseng, of Accrochez said he designs for a downtown Rooney Mara type: “very sporty, very street wear. Something different but very wearable.” He succeeded with pleated, colorblock silk chiffon day dresses with loose, lightly distressed boyfriend cardigans. The look was lightweight and fresh with a slight edge.
Evan Tsai of Cynical Cheri points out his muse is Lana Del Rey, admiring her mix of “mystery, arrogance and satire.” The bamboo and mountain top prints danced across modern silk silhouette pants and dresses. You could indeed see a modern woman working this line into her wardrobe.
In fact, all the collections were exciting, fresh and new and ones we’ll definitely be keeping our Bluefly eye on.