London Fashion Week has kicked off and the endless cycle of fashion shows are finally starting to slow down. Earlier this month, New York Fashion Week took place and plenty of Asian designers presented their men's and women's lines for Fall/Winter 2019. While many of these names may be unfamiliar to you, these are some standouts that aren't necessary designing streetwear but have bright futures ahead of them.
TANAKA Fall/Winter 2019
Founded by Sayori Tanaka in 2017, her eponymous brand is meant to go beyond time and gender while connecting the past and next 100 years. For Fall/Winter 2019, her menswear channels musicians as inspiration and presents a group ensemble that is filled with plenty of expressive outerwear and tape on footwear. You can learn more about the brand at tanakanytyo.com. Photos: Elizabeth Pantaleo/NOWFASHION
Founded in 2014, designer Wan Hung showed for the first time at New York Fashion Week. His Fall/Winter 2019 collection was heavy on leather and fur tops and bottoms. The aesthetic definitely fell inline with Hung's philosophy of a man who balances work and play the same way he balances taking a risky fashion approach while also paying respect to the suit. Almost every piece included a large hood and oversized pockets or straps. Photos: WAN HUNG
Founded in 2014, Calvin Luo's eponymous brand first launched its menswear line for Spring/Summer 2019. The latest Fall/Winter 2019 collection features both men's and women's pieces that tell the story of a strong independent woman with a man who loves to celebrate her. Set in late '80s and early '90s New York, the designs feature plenty of plaid and stripes along with reimagined dresses and suits. Photos: Calvin Luo
Designer Venus Lo specialized in knitwear design during her study at Hong Kong Design Institute and that is heavily evidenced in Chan Chit Lo's Fall/Winter 2019 collection. Multiple knitted tops were shown, some accompanied by knitted hoods. There was also a knitted shoulder sling styled with a blazer. Colors were kept to a minimal with orange, blue, beige, grey and black as the main stars. Photos: Elizabeth Pantaleo/NOWFASHION
Inspired by a trip to Hokkaido, Japan, Victor Li's Fall/Winter 2019 collection featured functionality and beauty that echoes his rough ink drawings of the landscape there. His tailored goods are coupled with bags and outerwear that evokes nature at its purest. Pairing each outfit with Chuck Taylors was the cherry on top of the metaphorical cake. Photos: Fucking Young!
IISE, which translates to 2nd generation, is headed by brothers Kevin and Terrance Kim and aims to create streetwear products while incorporating Korean heritage. For its Fall/Winter 2019 collection, IISE interprets an inevitable future where tradition has faded and no longer exists. Futuristic vest, jackets and pants are highlighted with GORE-TEX and O2O2 customized LED facewear. Photos: Say Who