Asia Fashion Collection @afc_fashion #fw21 interview with Daniel plus Lauren ~ @nyfw #nyfw #virtual #covid19

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An Exciting Fall Ahead

The Asia Fashion Collection recently held its runway show in a totally new manner during New York Fashion Week due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic that’s kept all of us at home, it’s gone virtual, Daniel plus Lauren also got the opportunity to ask each participating designer of AFC 4 questions each about their Fall 2021 collections.

Continued Studio

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  1. Where did you find inspiration for your collection?
    -This collection means a bright worldview after COVID19, and we hoped to go out to a bright place in the dark. I compared our current situation to the military when I saw the soldiers lined up with rucksack and equipment to leave the march. I hoped that in the future, we would be able to move to a wide world with equipment as if packing rucksacks.even though we had been cut off during COVID19.
  2. How have you and your collection been affected by COVID19?
    -The physical showroom and show became difficult because of Corona19. Therefore, because clothes can only be shown in pictures and videos, it is harder for up-and-coming designers like me to appeal to new buyers than before.
    Therefore, all designers are agonizing over showing clothes in a new and ingenious way. We are also testing new ways of showing clothes and distributing them.
  3. What piece is prominent in your collection?
    The concept of the show was a march, so the original military clothes were used as a reference to the design, and they were dismantled and combined. The Look No. 6 and No. 10 are a combination of cardigan and sporty outer jackets from the former British Air Force, while the Look No. 5 is a combination of leather rider jackets and military jackets. After combining the military look with the existing clothes, we combined the technical details and functional materials of continued_studio.
  4. What kind of fabrics are used to make this collection what it is?
    -All look materials are made of functional materials. In addition to the high-functioning materials with a future appearance, materials such as water repellent, heat, and washerble are used for as materials, so they can be worn comfortably, and management is also easy.
  5. Which looks are your favorite and why?
    -I like look number one.
    It is a look that can show the design style of continued_studio, such as oversized,
    silhouette pants designed from Asian past clothes, but the appearance of high-functioning fabric.

Diaments Colour

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  1. Where did you find inspiration for your collection?
    Items of the near future that appeared in old movies and manga are now used on a daily basis.
    Like the adults who were children at that time wearing the items they dreamed of in the past, old fiction has become non-fiction now, and there are also ideological and creative things that we are trying to create now. From the perspective that people who have the potential to become reality someday and who have the potential to make it into reality are living in the present like the main characters of movies, from manga and anime, which are also typical Japanese culture. I’m inspired.
  2. How have you and your collection been affected by COVID19?
    In this production, instead of announcing the collection locally, the images taken in Japan were announced digitally, but it was a very good experience as one of the ways to show fashion in the future.
  3. What piece is prominent in your collection?
    I like all of them.
  4. What kind of fabrics are used to make this collection what it is?
    Considering the environmental consideration, we first use recycled fiber as a major premise. From now on, I would like to strengthen the balance between my thoughts and sustainable ideas.
  5. Which looks are your favorite and why?
    All of them are good, but I like the all-white first look because the look has the meaning of starting from now on.

kaoism(e)

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  1. Where did you find inspiration for your collection?
    The trigger was an interview with an actress when I watched TV. Also, I was inspired by my past experience and manga and anime.
  2. How have you and your collection been affected by COVID19?
    The school was suddenly closed and the factory production took longer than usual, which was mainly influenced by the schedule.
  3. What piece is prominent in your collection?
    I don’t know if it’s outstanding, but many people came to the main look.
  4. What kind of fabrics are used to make this collection what it is?
    I was particular about the printed fabric. I made several kinds by combining photos and illustrations.
  5. Which looks are your favorite and why?
    When I had the model wear it, I felt that it was different from what I had imagined in the design drawing.

YONLOKSAN

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  1. Where did you find inspiration for your collection?
    Originally, I was very attracted to mathematics, but I felt that there were few places that I took up as a fashion theme, so I decided to incorporate it this time.
  2. How have you and your collection been affected by COVID19?
    Fortunately, there were only a few people around me who were infected, and I was able to spend my time at my own pace even after the state of emergency was declared, so it didn’t bother me much.
  3. What piece is prominent in your collection?
    My personal favorite is the brown vest. I don’t think there is anything else similar to this.
  4. What kind of fabrics are used to make this collection what it is?
    I chose a fabric that doesn’t change too much so that I can wear it without hesitation.
  5. Which looks are your favorite and why?
    I like Look1 because I was able to express the atmosphere that I wanted to create the most. Look2 answered in question 3, but I like the brown vest and I like it because it looks good in color.

Also look to the original Asia Fashion Collection article for a more in-depth look at the Fall/ Winter 2021-2022 runway collection in this collective.

Plus, head over to Paris Fashion Week for the Wataru Tominaga FW21 collection in the same order.

Daniel Quintanilla

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