International Fashion Showcase 2017 presented by Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz supports emerging designers.
Via the International Designer Exchange Programme (IDEP), Mercedes-Benz supports and presents five selected emerging designers in a dedicated area at IFS 2017.
Steven Tai: Back to the roots.
Nerds are Steven Tai’s inspiration. For S/S 17, Tai revisits the bookworm character that shaped his debut collection. The result is a refined collection featuring masterfully manipulated organza patiently hand-cut on bias and folded with zigzag stitching across the hems. It’s meticulous and oddly poetic.
Angel Chen: Local Identities.
Angel Chen’s fascination with China’s distinct heritage – their traditional dress, embroidery, ceremonies and myths – merges with tech-driven fabric treatments in her S/S 17 collection. African cultural traditions recaptured Chen’s imagination for A/W 17, taking inspiration from the embroidery of the Cameroonian Bamileke tribe, embellished crowns of Nigerian Yoruba kings and beadwork worn by the Nyangatom women of Ethiopia.
William Fan: Cultural Clash.
Taking cues from his German upbringing and Chinese heritage, William Fan looks towards the culture-clashing utopia of Chinatown in his latest collection “Afternoon Stories”. Fan’s ageless and unisex aesthetic provides the perfect canvas to interpret the diverse characters and contrasts that meet in this urban enclave. The old, the new, the cheap, the chic and the Asian and Europeans elements fuse together in Fan’s colour- and texture-rich collection.
David Ferreira: Fantasy couture.
David Ferreira celebrates the traditional fado music of Portugal, paying tribute to the pioneering diva that popularised the genre in the streets and taverns of 1830s Lisbon, A Severa. Derived from the Latin “fatum” – meaning “fate” or “destiny” – and inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Ferreira evokes fado’s melancholic spirit and the tragic fate of its near mythical heroine in colour, detail and fabric.
Anna K: Young globetrotter.
Anna K creates a whimsical wardrobe complete with bows, lace and ruffles. The Anna K world is one of a coquettish Alice in Wonderland where quirky slogans meet messages of female empowerment in a sugary palette of pastel pinks, greens and blues. By the age of twenty-one the Kiev native showcased her collections in all the major fashion capitals, presenting her collections globally whilst producing locally.