The four major international womenswear fashion weeks have released their official show and presentation schedules recently. We have noticed that more and more Chinese designer brands have been included in international fashion calendar and become a non-neglectable emerging force for the global fashion industry. China designers have also worked on many cross-over creative projects. For example, Xander Zhou collaborated with Didi, and SANKUANZ collaborated with Pepsi and Audi respectively. As well, there are updates on M&A. Ellassay acquired the well-known Chinese designer brand Vivienne Tam’s rights in Mainland China.
Luxe. Co launched “Luxe.Co Chinese Designer Monthly Report” in 2016, reporting monthly Chinese designers’ updates on market development, business cooperation and major fashion week participation in both domestic and international markets. This sixth issue of the monthly report features the latest development of Chinese designers in July 2017.
Global Fashion Week
- Designer Fengchen Wang launched new collection at New York Menswear Fashion Week
Designer Fengchen Wang (FENG CHEN WANG) released his S/S2018 collection in New York Menswear Fashion Week.
FENG CHEN WANG S/S2018
- 19 Chinese designer brands enter New York Fashion Week official schedule
S/S2018 New York Fashion Week has released their official show and presentation schedule. The following Chinese designer brands enter the schedule currently: LAURENCE & CHICO (Laurence Li & Chico Wang), LUYANG by YANGLU (Yang Lu), TAORAY WANG (Tao Wang), NAMILIA (Nan Li & Emilia Pfohl), VIVIENNE TAM (Vivienne Tam), VIVIENNE HU (Vivienne Hu), JAREL ZHANG (Jarel Zhang), LANYU (Lan Yu), ANNA SUI (Anna Sui), CLAUDIA LI (Claudia li), CALVIN LUO (Calvin Luo), BABYGHOST (Qiaoran Huang and Joshua Hupper), VICKY ZHANG (Xinyin Xu), CHOCHENG (Chocheng), ZANG TOI (Zang Toi), JIA LIU (Jia Liu), YAJUN LIN (Yajun Lin), TSAI MEIYUE (Meiyue Tsai), VANCY LAW (Vancy Law). Designer Meiyue Tsai and Vancy Law’s shows are supported by the PR company Han Media and the fashion show platform China Fashion Collective.
In addition to the above designer brands, established China fashion brand NAERSI will release their collection in the official schedule of New York Fashion Week as well.
- 6 Chinese designer brands enter London Fashion Week official schedule
S/S2018 London Fashion Week has released their official show and presentation schedule. The following Chinese designer brands enter the schedule currently: XIAO LI (Xiao Li), HAIZHENWANG(Haizhen Wang), RYAN LO (Ryan Lo), STEVENTAI (Steven Tai), HUISHAN ZHANG (Huishan Zhang), JAMIE WEI HUANG (Wei Huang).
- 4 Chinese designer brands enter Paris Fashion Week official schedule
S/S2018 Paris Fashion Week has released their official show and presentation schedule. The following Chinese designer brands enter the schedule currently: YANG LI(Yang Li), UMA WANG (Uma Wang), MASHA MA (Masha Ma), SHIATZY CHEN (Shiatzy Chen).
- 4 Chinese designer brands enter Milan Fashion Week official schedule
S/S2018 Milan Fashion Week has released their official show and presentation schedule. The following Chinese designer brands enter the schedule currently: ANGEL CHEN (Angel Chen), ANNAKIKI (Anna Yang), RICONSTRU (Minjie Ou). Angel Chen and Minjie Ou are supported by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI).
In addition, China new designer brand TOMMY ZHONG (Jiaqi Zhong and Jenny Nelson) will introduce their collection through presentation at the Milan Fashion Week for the first time.
Cross-Over Collaboration and Activities
- Designer Xiangyu Zhou collaborated with DiDi
Designer Xiangyu Zhou (XANDER ZHOU) collaborated with DiDi and designed their uniforms.
Xander Zhou x DiDi
- Designer Shangguan Zhe (SANKUANZ) and Percy Lau (PERCY LAU) collaborated with Pepsi
Pepsi launched a bottle-cap lucky draw campaign in China, and collaborated with numerous pioneer designers for limited-collection luck draw prizes. SANKUANZ and Percy Lau were invited for this cross-over collaboration and designed backpacks, hats and glasses, respectively.
- Designer Shangguan Zhe (SANKUANZ) collaborated with Audi
Designer Shangguan Zhe (SANKUANZ) collaborated with Audi, and designed hoodies, bags, T-shirts and hats for their automobile model A3.
SANKUANZ x Audi A3
- The Woolmark Company and Lane Crawford jointly invited HELEN LEE and PARTICLE FEVER to create athleisure collections
Lane Crawford collaborated with The Woolmark Company and launched athleisure capsule collections designed by HELEN LEE (Helen Lee) and PARTICLE FEVER, featuring Fitness X Fashion theme and supermodel Sui He.
- Chinese designer brands PRONOUNCE, PRIVATE POLICY, SHUSHU/TONG collaborated with STUDENT.COM
Overseas accommodation booking online platform STUDENT.COM collaborated with Chinese designer brands PRONOUNCE (Yushan Li & Jun Zhou), PRIVATE POLICY (Siying Qu & Haoran Li), SHUSHU/TONG (Liushu Lei & Yutong Jiang). They designed dual-use dust bags, cotton socks and eye covers, respectively.
- MS MIN Collaborated with TMall Little Black Box
MS MIN (Min Liu) collaborated with TMall Little Black Box and designed T-shirts and packaging.
China Market Development
- CHICTOPIA (Qingyang Liu) opened new retail store at Joy City Chaoyang in Beijing
- BAN XIAOXUE (Xiaoxue Ban) opened new retail store at New Yansha Mall in Beijing
- Footwear brand HAMS (Hanqiang Cheng) opened new retail store in Hangzhou
- HEAVEN GAIA (Ying Xiong) opened new retail store at Xintiandi in Shanghai
- Hong Kong designer Six Lee won the 2017/18 Menswear International Woolmark Prize Asia Regional Final
Hong Kong designer Six Lee won the 2017/18 Menswear International Woolmark Prize Asia Regional Final. He gains a financial contribution of 70,000 AUD. As well, for the next six-to-seven months, he will develop a capsule collection in Merino wool to compete in international final.
Three teams of Chinese designers PRONOUNCE (Yushan Li & Jun Zhou), STAFFONLY (Ya Wen and Shimo Zhou) and SHUSHU/TONG (Liushu Lei and Yutong Jiang) were shortlisted for the Asia regional final.
From left to right, designer Six Lee and his award-winning works
- Designer Peng Chen, Yushan Li, Xuzhi Chen, Jiapei Li, Particle Fever named on the first annual Forbes China “30 Under 30” list
Forbes announced its first annual “30 Under 30” China list, covering ten categories including the Arts, Lifestyle, Food and Beverage, Entertainment & Sports, Retail & E-commerce, Enterprise Technology, Finance & Venture Capital, Consumer Technology and so on. Designer Peng Chen (CHENPENG), Yushan Li (PRONOUNCE), Xuzhi Chen (XUZHI), Jiapei Li, Renjiujin (PARTICLE FEVER) named on the first annual Forbes China “30 Under 30” list.
International Market Development
- China haute-couture designer Pei Guo will present an individual exhibition at Savannah College of Art and Design in the U.S.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) FASH Museum of Fashion + Film will present an individual museum exhibition of acclaimed China haute-couture designer Pei Guo from September 7th, 2017 to March 4th, 2018.
This landmark exhibition will showcase more than 30 of her dresses, footwear and accessories, featuring the now-iconic imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015.
In concert with the exhibition, SCAD FASH will collaborated with three photographers from New York creative team HOWL (SCAD Alumni Jim Lind, Partick O’Brien and Elliot Ross) and Forest Woodward to produce a monograph illustrating Pei Guo and her designs. The monograph will be published in December 2017 and will be the first monograph featuring a Chinese Designer’s works.
Finance and Investment
- Ellassay Acquired Vivienne Tam’s Rights in China
Shenzhen Ellassay Fashion Co., Ltd. signed Equity Acquisition Agreement with Vivienne Tam’s shareholder Peony Power Limited to purchase 75% of the business for 37 million yuan. After the acquisition, Ellassay holds 75% share interest in Vivienne Tam and Peony Power Limited continues to hold the other 25%.
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