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“This panel has become every Asian parent’s nightmare,” joked SuChin Pak. The MTV correspondent was at Columbia University yesterday to moderate a panel of Asian-Americans in—gaspthe fashion industry. But even if they haven’t chosen law or medicine, it’s hard to imagine the superstar panelists aren’t doing their folks proud. A diverse group including Phillip Lim, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Elle‘s Joe Zee, and stylists Tina Chai and Aya T. Kanai were all on hand to discuss their experiences in fashion. Not that they’d all started there. Carol Lim and Tina Chai had worked in investment banking and law, respectively, before switching fields. But all of the panelists stressed the important of following their passions, whether, like Chai, from law to a magazine job to freelance, or Zee, who’d never wanted to do anything but work for magazines. And while that often led them to sidestep a more traditional career (or the wishes of their parents), Phillip Lim clarified that there’s nothing so specifically Asian-American about that. “The future is really a global citizen,” he said following the panel. “It’s a shame we have to break it down and categorize it. Maybe those are the first steps in order to eventually having the ultimate goal of just one citizen.”
The last show at Bryant Park’s Salon tent went to L.A.-based designer Tadashi Shoji, who sent out lots of ruffles and a strong palette inspired by one his favorite pastimes: gardening. “I have a nice big garden in L.A., and I thought of the black rose, then added more and more colors,” he said. “Most of the time, I’m doing really architectural forms, but this time it was more soft and organic.” Stylist Tina Chai was backstage after the show, rejoicing at the end of her long week, which included four shows and two presentations. “Tomorrow I’m going to sleep 14 hours, and then I have to catch up on all of my Oscar movies,” she said. “I’m going to have, like, eight hours of movies, and Benjamin Button—that will take up, like, half that time.” Not yet ready to switch gears, front-row guest Fabiola Beracasa still had her mind on the week’s sartorial offerings. “My favorite collection had to be Alexander Wang. I was getting this very Fly Girl vibe and a little Kelly Bundy,” she said. So, should we expect to see Fabiola rocking the early-nineties thing come fall? “I’ve been channeling Kelly Bundy for some time now,” she informed us. “It’s just not obvious, since I don’t look so much like her.”
Though Spring is generally when designers get their color on, at least one upcoming collection looks set to remain faithful to monochrome shades spliced with ever-so-subtle flashes of ultramarine and kryptonite blue: that of Los Angeles-based Tadashi Shoji, whose collection is inspired by Jean Nouvel’s architectural monument for the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. “I was struck by the interplay of beauty and light and the streaming geometric shapes,” reveals the Japanese expat, whose ode to longtime influences Madame Grès and Vionnet is exemplified by draping effects with tulle, pleated silk organza, and laser-cut detailing. “It’s all very pure, but expect a lot of twists,” says stylist Tina Chai, who was hand-picked by Shoji to collaborate on the September 12 presentation in Bryant Park. “We met with seven different people for the job,” says Shoji, “but once we saw Tina, we just clicked.”