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Taiwanese designers shine bright at Paris fashion show

PARIS -- Taiwanese designs brought an outpouring of creativity and a touch of Chinese culture to the catwalks of Paris during the design industry's prestigious Paris Fashion Week.

On the event's second-to-last day Tuesday, Taipei fashion house Shiatzy Chen displayed a line inspired by Chinese Opera masks and the paintings of Spanish Cubist painter Pablo Picasso.

Models strutted their stuff in front of enraptured spectators, showing off dresses, pants, and other designs in eye-catching solids with straight angles. One conversation piece featured a swirling interplay of black, orange, and white reminiscent of the colorful masks used in Peking Opera.

Sophie Hong, a Taiwanese designer, took center stage earlier in the week with fabrics dyed in vibrant colors using traditional methods.

Other fashion designers featured were Belgium-based Huang Shi jen, whose winter collection was lauded by the Flanders Fashion Institute last year, and up-and-coming London-based Apu Jan.

The 27-year-old Jan, a master of knitwork, made his second appearance at the fashion week event with a line infused with designs representing flowers, city life and the Internet.

Michel Lu, Taiwan's representative to France and Wang Shaw-Lan, the owner of the French fashion brand Lanvin, made an appearance at the week-long show to show their support for Taiwanese designers.

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