Global Fashion Collective presented a real treat on February 12 for New York Fashion Week audiences. The Fall 2023 collections featured designers from Japan, Indonesia, Mozambique, Mexico, China, France, and Korea, who brought unique statement pieces to the runway.
During the last show, international designers Hengki Kawilarang, Lisa Ju, Taússy Daniel, and Victorian Maiden showcased their work. There was one look that particularly stood out – Taússy Daniel’s black haute couture dress in a shape of a rose– it received an ovation from the audience.
Launched in October 2017, Global Fashion Collective (GFC) is a platform led by a group of individuals who share the goal of cultivating an inclusive and diverse fashion industry. Global Fashion Collective’s mission is to accelerate designer development by producing innovative runway showcases in fashion capitals globally, increasing international media visibility, and expanding new market opportunities for their show’s participating designers. After showcasing in Paris, New York, and Tokyo, the Collective plans to expand its reach with upcoming shows in London and Milan for 2023.
Here are the GFC designers who closed the night at New York Fashion Week.
Taússy Daniel‘s stunning collection of formal evening wear was a mix of wearable art. All statement pieces came in shades of seafoam, chartreuse, and black and gold.
Taússy Daniel was born in 1991, in Maputo, the capital of Moçambique. With her unique designs, Daniel focuses her energy on women who identify with eclectic style where the silhouette plays a central role. The brand emphasizes the feminine body using only selected cutting techniques and the highest grade of materials.
Hengki Kawilarang is a fashion designer who started his career in 2001 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a line of feminine, glamorous designs with the intention to make every woman feel like a diva. The designs are full of glamorous elements such as crystals, feathers, and sparkles.
Lisa Ju’s collection embraces and highlights female curves. The latest collection is titled “Renceum Réjouissances. Renceum means sparkling in Sundanese, and Réjouissances means festivities in French.
Ju combined her Indonesian background with her immense passion for French couture designs.
“I’m blessed to be influenced by a lot of different points of view growing up in Indonesia, which has so many different cultures, so many diverse textiles, crafts, arts, and yet a combination of original indigenous tradition and multiple modern foreign influences — that shaped me as a designer,” Ju said.
Ju reinvented Indonesia’s traditional fabric, Batik Priangan, and was inspired by its patterns. Her designs are enriched with the complexities of handmade fabric manipulation techniques, beads and crystal detailing applications, and structural line design. They also incorporate hand-painted fabric and heritage accessories from Indonesia to make it more avant-garde and to support local artists.
Victorian Maiden could easily dress the cast of Bridgerton. The collection took us back to the Victorian era.
The brand started in Japan in 1999 and is known for being not only “Kawaii” but also for adding elegant and coquettish elements to complete the fashion aesthetic. Victorian Maiden will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary.