VIDEO: Dakun x Liu Yong runway show at NYFW SS/19. @ Imaxtree.
Dakun x Liu Yong debuted at NYFW: The Shows with their “Eastern Legends” streetwear collection for women, men, and kids at Spring Studios, proving that Chinese designers are trailblazers of street fashion.
Traditional Eastern culture has influenced the fashion industry profoundly, and Liu Yong took this influence, particularly Taoism– one of the most powerful cultures in Asia, into his atelier as the inspiration for this season’s Dakun x Liu Yong runway show. The Dakun name contains the symbolic meaning of Taoism, which represents the blended Chinese ancient culture with new street style trends – the mystery behind the “Eastern Legends” collection.
Liu Yong’s inspiration came across with luxurious fabric coatings, knitted borders, and intricate edging on the garments. Street elements were apparent with the materials used and strategically placed graphics and logos. Male, female, and children’s looks came down the catwalk in edgy, futuristic reds, army green prints, and black. Accessories like sock slide on sneakers and architectural backpacks complemented Liu Yong’s anorak, hoody, and sweat pant pieces.
The designer wanted to express throughout his show his concept of “Eastern Legends”. Dakun x Liu Yong aims to incorporate typical Chinese fashion with the younger generation. “Eastern Legends” combines history with the latest trends.
The brand name, “DAKUN” originated from a Chinese legend within Huaxia civilization. The designer, Liu Yong draws inspiration from ancient Chinese culture and focuses on designing in a novel way. The design of DAKUN combined with casual luxurious materials and interesting fabrications has make Liu Yong one of the most prolific designers sought after by Chinese youth and fashion notables. By using excellent fabrication and fun visual design, DAKUN aims to display the unique lifestyle of Chinese young generation to the world, who have courage to challenge the traditions and eager to create their new era.
About Liu Yong
Liu Yong is regarded as one of the top 10 fashion designers in China and has held project director and product consultant roles in many famous fashion groups in China, such as Septwolves, BOSIDENG. In 2003, Liu Yong started his own fashion studio and has cooperated with many fashion brands successfully. In 2015, Liu established his own street fashion brand: “LIU YONG PLAY”, which is one of the original street style brands in China. In 2016, he won the “China Fashion Designer Top Award”. He is also one of the core designers of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), a council member & executive member of the Arts Committee of China Fashion Association, a council member of Asian Fashion Association China, Vice President of Fujian Fashion Designers Association, and Vice President of Guangdong Fashion Designers Association.
NYFA / Dakun x Liu Yong. © BlueAngel Photography New York for Guild Magazine. 2018.