Taipei Fashion Week SS22 x VOGUE Fashion's Night Out exploited the urban beauty of the city by turning six of Taipei's most important locations into fashion runways.
Taipei, Taiwan – This October 2021, Taipei Fashion Week returned for the Spring/Summer 2022 season in partnership with VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out and the theme “Fashion’s City of Freedom.” A theme inspired by the people of Taipei and their efforts and resilience in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Together with this theme, Taipei Fashion Week SS22 x VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out exploited the urban beauty of the city by turning six of Taipei’s most important locations into fashion runways. These locations -Taipei Music Center, Four Four South Village, Bellavita, FE City Xinyi A 13, Breeze Nanshan, and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Plaza- were interconnected virtually, implementing innovative aerial photography to broadcast the shows live to over one hundred thousand fashion aficionados who tuned in to behold the latest collections by WooLeeX, Story Wear, Yentity, CHERNG DESIGN, RAY CHU, and Luxury Godbage by JUST IN XX. “With the pandemic, we saw aerial shots of Taipei’s empty streets on the news and found the city to be beautiful at all times. In this unusual year, I hope to commemorate the city’s fashion dynamism with Taipei Fashion Week,” said Isaac Chen, Creative Director of the Taipei Fashion Week SS22 digital show.
As the viewers enjoyed the runway shows both online and on large outside screens throughout the city, they were also treated to extraordinary musical performances and visual installations that merged reality with the virtual world created by Taipei Fashion Week and the designer brands showcased during the event. Without a doubt, Taipei Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 will go down in history as one of Taiwan’s most memorable events ever.
This year, the show opened with the new WooLeeX collection by designer Jerry Hsieh. Since its launching in 2014, WooLeeX quickly cemented themselves in the fashion market due to their unique artistic garments, which incorporate paintings into their prints. The brand fuses Taiwanese culture with others from around the world. For this collection, influenced by American style, WooLeex aimed to interpret music as a living, moving body while appealing to human emotion through the choices of prints implemented throughout the collection.
Story Wear presented their collection at Four Four South Village, a village that has been remodeled from its military past. The location was symbolic of the inspiration behind this collection which continues the brand’s mission to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable practices, upcycling, and zero waste. All products by Story Wear are made from 100% recycled materials. For this collection, the brand collaborated with the Chi Po-Lin Foundation, and their show highlighted a memorable performance by the group Deca Joins.
Yentity was founded by designer Yen, a graduate of the London College of Fashion. For this collection, the designer was inspired by the plants she saw while walking around the city of Taipei. Yen used a sky bridge as her runway to showcase the collection, overseeing the urban jungle below.
FE City Xinyi A 13 Shopping Mall -considered one of the biggest projects in Taipei at the moment- was the chosen location by CHERNG DESIGN to showcase their exuberant and colorful Spring/Summer 2022 collection. With this collection, the designer behind the brand, Cherng-Hann Lee, continued to expand on his exploration of uncomplicated tailoring, the deconstruction and reconstruction of patterns, and the combination of Eastern and Western cultural influences.
Since launching in 2016, RAY CHU has continued to expand on its genderless identity as a brand. It is daring and bold, aiming to empower its clientele with garments that implement sexy cut-outs, fluid and oversized silhouettes, and the use of innovative fabrics. The new RAY CHU collection was showcased in the Breeze Nanshan Skyline Garden, where viewers were whisked to via aerial camera.
Luxury Godbage by JUST IN XX
The show was closed by JUST IN XX with their new collection for Luxury Godbage at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Plaza. The Olympic weightlifting gold winner Kuo Hsing-Chun played an important role at the event, wearing the reimagined Taiwan’s Olympic uniform designed by Justin, Yu-Ying Chou of JUST IN XX. For his work with the uniform, the designer implemented the upcycling of fabrics, a nod to the sustainable fashion goals that Taipei Fashion Week promotes yearly through their events. – GM
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