CADA Highlights Fresh and Sustainable Designs For NYFW2020

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In an industrial styled loft, in NYC’s Chinatown, CADA: Council of Asian Designers in America, showcased eight emerging fashion designers. Their FW2020 collection’s were a mix of popular and up-cycled fabrics, with unique patterns, textures and colors.

1. Indonesian fashion brand, 2 Madison Avenue commenced the group show with alluring and sustainable designs. The brand’s designer, Maggie Hutauruk-Eddy entitled the collection, “LIGA BUMI”, which translates to “League of Earth”. Advocates of up-cycled fashion, the brand uses rice sacks, vegan furs, re-purposed denim, silk shantung and Indonesian prints within the collection.

2. Taiwanese designer, Yi-Ting Lee’s collection entitled, “Characters Complete Characters“, was inspired by elements of Chinese culture and a play on Chinese calligraphy. It’s a juxtaposition of black and white wool and organza fabrics, well draped in free-flowing pants, jackets and dresses.

3. Emerging Chinese designer, Yiyi Kwok brought an element of traditional Lunar New Year costumes to the runway. Entitled, “L-I-O-N”, a play on Chinese lion dance, she captivated fashionistas with neon-colored lion head costume pieces. Each piece is accessorized with matching faux-fur footwear and pastel fringe detail, on embroidered skirts, leggings and layered tops.

4. Designer, Chun Han created a sleek black and gray collection, made up of nylon and cotton fabrics. The menswear and womenswear, were accessorized by white pearls from New York City jewelry brand, Mona Jewelry.

5. Inspired by Chinese Art, London-based designer, Shuai Zeng’s collections; “Ukiyoe” (menswear) and “Commensalism” (womenswear) had the feel of fine art, curated in an avant-garde exhibition. Tailored, nude colored jackets and dresses are layered with hues of red, orange, blue, yellow and purple.

6. Designer, Bingyao Cheng created her brand, Bingyao Studio in 2019. Her latest collection, “Creative Fun” was debuted at NYFW FW2020 with pops of purple fluorescent jumpsuit designs, embroidered with black fringe and accessorized by chic, reflective face masks.

7. A lover of traveling and exploring various cultures, Chinese menswear designer, Ruojing Wang’s latest collection, “Anesthetize”, was inspired by his appreciation of street culture and aesthetics. The collection has a combination of finely tailored suits, as well as neon colored sweaters and graffiti-esque, printed pants. Intricate weaving and patchwork techniques, using merino and wool roving, cotton twill, and jersey knit are prominent in this vibrant collection.

8. Shanghai-based designer, Bettie Kim allows us to escape to a world of princesses and fairy-godmothers with her capricious collection, “Fairly Tale”. The white evening wear is accessorized with glitter beading and pops of colored embroidery.

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