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FEB 20, 2014

Top 5 Asian Designers You Need to Know from NY Fashion Week

By Privy Editor

Top 5 asian fashion designers

Traditional European houses like Louis Vuitton and Chanel have long been exclusive with luxe fashion.

But fashion is fickle, and 7th Avenue may need to make room for a new crop of Asian designers.

For New York Fashion Week, more than 30 Asian designers and collective brands took to the catwalks. Some like Jason Wu, who won best new designer of the year by the American Academy of Fashion Designers, simply cemented their reputations as fashion royalty, while others, like the much anticipated women’s line from Public School, made impressive debuts with collections that even couture queen Anna Wintour graced with a visit.

As the tents come down at New York Fashion Week, Privy would like to call out the top 5 new Asian designers to watch. Welcome to the new guard.

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1. Public School

top 5 fashion design public school

The “It” boys of fashion, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, debuted their much-anticipated line for ladies--and lived up the hype that’s been buzzing since their urban sportswear-meets-formal wear brand launched in 2010. The duo, who met in New York in 2003 and say they share a love of the city, won the prestigious CFDA Swavorski Menswear Award earlier this year. In their first runway show at the New York Fashion Show with Anna Wintour sitting front and center, Chow and Osborne applied their streetwear tailoring aesthetic perfectly to the women’s market. The designers featured a line with a deep bordeaux elegant cape, hip slung shorts and pants, and streamlined, elongated blazers and jackets. Lesson learned: The Public School chick is the perfect, cool counterpart to its guy.

 Dao-Yi Chow Public School

 Dao-Yi Chow Public School

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2. Hanako Maeda

 hanako maeda

Japanese born, New York city-bred Hanako Maeda, launched her label, ADEAM only two years ago, but her chic, feminine look has already been endorsed by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and supermodel Chrissy Teigen. Maeda uses her urban surroundings and channels them into her modern label, by way of collared dresses, city shorts, and pretty tailored twinsets. The inspiration for her celebrated fall/winter line was Komako, the heroine of the Japanese novel, “Snow Country”--which came through via the color palette-grays, bluish pinks and white, offset by a few black colors. On our wishlist: a flowy navy printed maxi dress with a delicate peplum.

 hanako

 hanako

 

3. Koonhor

 Koonhor

Designers Koon Lim and Catrine Thé, born and raised in Singapore and Indonesia, respectively, debuted at the New York Fashion Show last season with a spring collection that had insiders comparing the line’s cool-girl aesthetic to the American brand Rag & Bone. Koonhor’s fall/winter 2014 collection did

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