The Met Gala red carpet gleamed on Monday with sparkly metallics and shiny, futuristic-looking fabrics as stars paid homage to this year's technology-centered theme.
Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first Miss Africa Continent.
Globalization has provided a comprehensive cross-cultural milieu, which gives designers access to a global, mobile community. In this new era, Taiwan-based designers draw inspiration from multiple cultures and industries. Their collections usually present the contradictory aesthetics of modern art with blended identity.
Various brands on display this spring present an abundance of selections for all women, from the chic mademoiselle to the elegant madam.
From April 14 to 16, Taipei IN Style (TIS) brought 150 exhibitors from 18 countries all over the Asia-Pacific region to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Since its inception in 2006, TIS has supported the fashion industry in Taiwan and given opportunities to young and talented designers to show their work to the world in April and November of each year.
On April 16, brands from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan showcase collections that give a thrilling blend of various cultural concepts. Designers balance between concepts of their own traditional cultures and ideas borrowed from abroad, creating a paradoxical blend.
On the third day of TIS, Boris Provost, director of brand strategy and international development at Who's Next & Premiere Classe, discussed the WHO'S NEXT trade show. The fashion show brings together French and international ready-to-wear collections in five different areas: fame, private, trendy, urban and studio. In addition to the European market, he stressed the importance of the Asian market.
For many, fashion is a gateway into the past, a window into our history. TIS is taking a step back into time, embracing retro style in their latest designs and concepts.
It is always amazing how donning fashion items can easily boost self-esteem. On the runway today, our designers are presenting us with collections of vastly different styles, yet all display an air of self-assurance that is impossible to ignore.
As in years past, TIS this year showcased many feminine products with different styles. "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself," the iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel told women. Bird's Cambridge blue one-piece dress brings a classy college look with a deliberate cut on the waist. Imitating the greenness of Ali Mountain, +10's adorable socks present an image of a lovely youthful girl.