TAIPEI — After an initial showing last December, Taipei Fashion Week hosted its second season this month, showcasing the works of more than two dozen brands in a series of runway shows and a concurrently running trade show. And while there were challenges and areas for improvement that can be expected of any new event, there was also some promising talent.
“I was quite amazed in terms of finding new talents here,” said Kuo-Fang Yang-O’Connor, the Taiwanese-born founder of Y+O, a London-based luxury management consultancy firm that aims to help Asian brands expand their reach into the West. “I was rather proud to see that many young designers are able to follow the trends or even set the trends. I was rather pleased, and I really want to help them to get onto the international stage.”
Yang-O’Connor said one of the brands she was most interested in was Just In XX. The designer, Justin Chou, took lightly used shop staff uniforms from Nike and deadstock from Levi’s and transformed them into sustainable streetwear by cutting them up and splicing them together in unique and innovative ways.
Hanae Nakajima, buying director for Stripe Department, a Japanese e-commerce platform, and fashion director of Avec