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April 20 2014

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Around the World in Twenty Collections

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Looks by Angus Chiang and Sasha Nassar

A heady mix of culture and inspiration in the form of futuristic samurai and Nirvana brides exploded onto the catwalk at yesterday’s International Show in London. The runway event was the first of its kind—an elite showcase, which, held during London’s annual Graduate Fashion Week, consisted of twenty student collections from sixteen different universities around the globe. “A United Nations of fashion,” was how Hilary Alexander—master of ceremonies—phrased it. “To see a global melting pot of current student thinking, on one catwalk, under one roof, it’s just fascinating,” she told Style.com.

Students whose final creations reflected their own countries’ backgrounds stood out in particular. Angus Chiang, of Taiwan’s Shih Chien University, won top honors for his kaleidoscopic carnation-covered astronauts (above, left). The 22-year-old designer explained (with the help of a friend who translated) how he had combined inspiration from the vibrant colors of Taiwan’s temples, flags, and theater costumes, with influences from Oskar Schlemmer’s abstract 1922 Triadic Ballet, which he developed while at the Bauhaus.

The panel of judges, which included Vogue Italia’s Sara Maino, Style Bubble’s Susie Lau, and Gitte Jonsdatter of Muuse, also bestowed Sasha Nassar, of Istituto Marangoni Paris, with an award for best womenswear. Her sheer veiling with “spirograph” prints (above, right) will appear alongside Chiang’s wares at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week. Nassar’s designs will also be produced through Muuse as a limited-edition capsule collection.

Photos: Courtesy of Graduate Fashion Week

From Montmartre To The Left Bank, Without Leaving The Building

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Here’s a basic rule for family contentment: Don’t play favorites with your kids. So when Japan’s Fast Company—the parent corporation of Uniqlo as well as the French labels Comptoir des Cotonniers (which sells sportswear basics) and Princesse Tam Tam (lingerie)—decided to throw the former a birthday bash, they threw the others into the mix, too. Uniqlo’s first Paris outpost opened a year ago, but lest its sibling brands feel left out, its first birthday party in Paris last night doubled as a 15th anniversary party for Comptoir, and a 25th for Princesse.

In a rambling hôtel particulier, each brand got its own section, decorated like a Parisian neighborhood. For Comptoir des Cotonniers, the main salon was restyled like a Montmartre apartment, where guests—like Becka Diamond, Style Bubble’s Susie Lau, and Street Peeper’s Phil Oh (pictured)—had their pictures taken and turned into real French postcards. (Stampswere provided to send them off.) Next door, Uniqlo held court in a space made up as a Paris loft in the 10th, with a line of carnival-style claw games to grab your prize (in this case, Uniqlo T-shirts, briefs, and badges tucked inside plastic canisters). But the best of all was in the hotel’s tapestry-lined library, where Princesse Tam Tam re-created a Saint-Germain Left Bank pied-à-terre. There, amid piles of PTT undies, artists sat patiently hand-painting names and other little messages for those who were willing to skip the dance floor—where André Saraiva, Irina Lazareanu, and Henry Holland were holding court—to make it to the head of the line.

Photo: Courtesy of Fast Retailing

Ask The Experts: Favorites Of London Fashion Week

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London fashion week is drawing to a close, and the fashion set is headed for Milan tomorrow, where Gucci opens the week. But as we’ve scooted around town for the innumerable parties, shows, presentations, and teas (this is London, after all), we’ve been asking everyone along to name their picks. Below, a few of London’s finest sound off on what they liked.

“I thought Peter Pilotto was outstanding.” —Jefferson Hack (He was cautious to add, “But it’s not over yet—a lot more could happen.”)

“The bags at Topshop were amazing, and it had a lot of tasseled dresses and swimsuits. I really, really liked it.” —Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

“I saw Erdem, which was beautiful. The whole setting was perfect for it and what a perfect day for it! I [also] liked Roksanda [Illincic]. The colors were beautiful and also the fabrics she used were so soft.” —Browns’ Mrs. B

“I’ve loved a lot of things, actually. Meadham Kirchhoff, I thought was amazing. I thought they really honed their aesthetic—[there was] some continuity of what they did last season but better, I think. Also, I really, really loved Holly Fulton, Erdem, Louise Gray, Richard Nicoll…the list goes on, to be honest!” —Style Bubble’s Susie Lau

“My absolute favorite, hands down, has been Meadham Kirchhoff (left), without a doubt! It was so excellently executed, so beautifully layered. The colors were amazing. They basically did what Courtney Love should have done back in the nineties!” —Browns buyer Erin Mullaney

Photo: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com