Emerging Asian designers based in Hong Kong Naoko Tsuruta, Betty Lau, Yen Yeung, and Angel Wong presented their collections at Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza fashion show during New York Fashion Week SS15.
On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Libation NYC (137 Ludlow St., New York), four emerging Asian designers based in Hong Kong showcased their collections of womenswear couture, accessories, and handbags as part of Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza hosted by Yanna Begelman of YaJu Events, Hong Kong-based fashion blogger Vicki Victoire, and fashion event editor/promoter Ruben Landsberger. The fashion show supported and raised awareness for Save a Child’s Heart Foundation.
The fantastic four were handpicked by the producers, and they are headpiece/jewelry designer and Angel Wong Image founder Angel Wong, jewelry designer and NoBeing founder Yen Yeung, handbag designer and RBRK founder Betty Lau, and Japanese couture designer Naoko Tsuruta, .
We were not able to attend the fashion show personally, however Yanna’s team was really kind to send me the runway pictures afterwards so I can share them with you here. These photos were taken by Hank Pegeron (for the first three collections) and Theik Smith (for the finale collection). So without further ado, let’s see the design highlights of Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza fashion show!
Photos for Angel Wong, Yen Yeung, Betty Lau collections by Hank Pegeron. Photos for Naoko Tsuruta by Theik Smith / Courtesy of YaJu Events.
These headpieces are stunning; they are statement makers. Ms. Wong is able to channel so many different women in her creations, from sophisticated ladies, head-turning party superstars, to elegant Asian princesses. If you wear an Angel Wong creation, one thing is certain: make sure the rest of your outfit is simple.
To be honest, I am probably not one to wear NoBeing’s cheerful and colorful designs. That being said, I love the brand’s underlying inspiration: “the importance of accessories lies not in the designer herself, but the designer’s ability to bring happiness to others with their work.” What a deep concept behind such energetic designs!
Ms. Lau’s background as a woman raised in Hong Kong and educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology New York is clearly expressed in her RBRK designs. Practical, clean, with pops of bold colors tailored to suit metropolitan women’s lifestyle.
Ms. Tsuruta combines modern touches with Japanese elegance, using kimono as the “base” premium quality garment. While the shorter lengths have potentials, her designs shine the best in floor-length gowns. The last two dresses are my favorites, hands down.
And there you have it! Nowadays, it’s really easy to associate Hong Kong with its current political crisis that happened shortly after this showcase. However, no matter what, this group of emerging Asian designers clearly represents a glimpse of abundant fashion talents in Hong Kong. Congrats to all of the designers, and my prayers for more peaceful and positive change in Hong Kong soon.
Thanks for reading; until next time,
Photos for Angel Wong, Yen Yeung, Betty Lau collections by Hank Pegeron. Photos for Naoko Tsuruta by Theik Smith / Courtesy of YaJu Events and Asian Fashion Week NYC.
The Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza was presented by Yanna Begelman of YaJu Events and brought to you by Vicki Victoire.