Global Fashion Collective (GFC) was featured for the fourth time this month at New York Fashion Week. Under the leadership of Jamal Abdourahman, director of Vancouver Fashion Week, the second largest fashion week in North America, GFC has quickly become one of the top showcases of new talent from around the world, with runway shows in several fashion capitals. Global Fashion Collective launched at Tokyo Fashion Week in October 2017, followed by a presentation at New York Fashion Week in February 2018 and Paris in 2019. This month, GFC Milan will add to its impressive roster, followed by a showcase at London Fashion Week in February. 2023.
Founded in 2001, Vancouver Fashion Week has been committed to cultivating the success of both established and award-winning emerging designers with its global perspective and highly multicultural approach. Global Fashion Collective follows the same smart approach with its international fashion shows.
This innovative fashion producer continues to surprise and surprise with its choice of designers. Twelve international talents took the spotlight during four exclusive Spring/Summer 2023 runway presentations during New York Fashion Week at a chic Fifth Avenue location. Designers for this month’s New York showcase included UNSERTEN (Japan/Unisex), Samantha Darryanto (USA/Women), Kylie Michelle (USA/Women), Shivajothi (Canada/Unisex), LUNALEE (USA/Women), DR Mayaa (Japan/Women), Ay Lelum (Women), TheRealB (India/Women), Metamarstowns (UAE/Women), Alex S Yu (Canada/Women), Ruby or Not Ruby (China/Women) and Carlton Jones ( US/Women) .
Founded in 2020, avant-garde Japanese brand Unserten is led by a diverse team of designers who strive to create elegant, inclusive designs. This new collection is inspired by Japanese photographer Moriyama Daido’s black and white photography and the harsh, blurry “Are-Bure-Boke” style. The 16 looks presented are an artistic yet wearable collection; avant-garde elements such as hardware and ruffled asymmetry are applied to blazers and trousers. Photographic images printed on various tops and a poem embroidered on the sides of blazers add an intriguing dimension to this strong new collection.
Carlton Jones is a New York City-based label of the same name that showcases highly desirable resort apparel for men and women. In New York, Carlton showed 15 gorgeous new looks in a color palette of white, brown, pink and peach. Standout items included a canary yellow long sleeve cropped top and matching skirt with a high thigh split and a luxurious silky brown jumpsuit with a sheer cropped jacket on top.
Self-taught women’s clothing designer Samantha Darryanto started her eponymous brand while still a mechanical engineering student at MIT, transforming vintage clothes from thrift stores. Today, her brand offers a contemporary twist on traditional Asian clothing and still uses materials such as a blue quilted moving blanket. Drawing on her Indonesian heritage, she uses specially designed black and white patterned batik fabric to make a number of robes and tops. The softness of the fabrics and silhouettes provides an interesting contrast to technical elements and streetwear styling. An asymmetrical blazer with two black buckles pays tribute to Thom Browne.
Newly graduated from Parsons School of Design, Kylie Michelle Miller showcased her graduation collection, a fun, bright, inventive array of designs inspired by the five senses and the natural landscape. A gorgeous red coat used a paper raffia technique and the multicolored three-dimensional element on her closing dress was actually made from clipped elastic bands. A cropped pastel green cardigan with lavender inside included an element of the “fragrance” feel. Another look featured sound and hearing, with Miller sewing shells onto round sleeves that jingle with every step.
Sri Lankan-Canadian designer Sujitha Shivajothi creates gender-inclusive clothing by hand in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her latest collection, “Capsule: 02”, is stylish and stripped down. Shivajothi combines traditional custom techniques with South Asian aesthetics that honor her cultural background. This collection includes 12 looks in a muted color palette of black, white, gray and cream. The designer also shows her take on classic white button-ups; with striped and asymmetrical collars and with columns with buttons. A standout look was a cream cropped jacket with black tulle elements, layered over a simple black tee and white pants.
Luna Lee, a Korean-American designer based in Los Angeles, is a graduate of Parsons BFA. Showing her take on American sportswear, her brand features a smart quilted zigzag panel technique, seen in a tank top dress and an oversized hoodie with chest cutouts. In addition to the bright pop of mustard yellow, Lee uses a simple and neutral color palette. Cozy and wearable, this collection combines baggy tops with shorts, asymmetrical tank tops with a long skirt. or an oversized brown hoodie with long drawstrings and styled with white shorts.
dr. MAAYA is a colorful, wacky label created by a Japanese neurosurgeon who also studied fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London. A voluminous dress uses smaller dresses as cap sleeves and is layered to create a skirt. The crazy “clothesline” looks showed models walking with their arms outstretched to reveal a hanging assortment of miniature hoodies and rainbow clothes on tiny hangers. She also designed special rainbow shoes to match any look.
Based in Los Angeles, Ruby or Not Ruby is a label founded by Jiarui (Ruby) Cai, a former stockbroker. Her clothes are inspired by hip-hop culture and the freedom of LA style. She uses huge shiny eyes, oversized mittens with reverse stitching and a bright color palette of peach and yellow to create a playful atmosphere.
Alex S. Yu, a Vancouver label of the same name launched in 2014, features colorful, minimalistic pieces with a dreamy, fantastical aesthetic. This season, for the first time, he has added cute children’s pieces to the collection, in gingham and tulle. Purple. Highlights included women’s casual wear, with armor elements layered over neutral maxi dresses, a cream three-piece set with a gorgeous cropped skirt, and a striking metallic blue oversized dress.
TheRealB is an India-based luxury fashion label owned by Binal Patel, who studied at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. Bold styles and flowing silhouettes in bright red, pink and orange are a hallmark of this very feminine brand. An electric orange dress hugs the waist perfectly, with hand-embroidered black flowers scattered across the skirt. This collection also includes two bags handcrafted by Patel using khatli working techniques: a glittering silver clutch and pink tasseled bucket bag.
Ay Lelum is a Snuneymuxw First Nation design house in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Sister design duo Analee and Sophia Boyd-Good emphasize the beauty of Coast Salish culture and aesthetics through beautiful fabrics, vibrant colors and elegant silhouettes. Their flowy outerwear and array of gowns came in muted grays and browns, as well as hot pinks, electric oranges, and a rich scarlet.
MetaMarsTowns has the ambitious goal of building the first city and self-sufficient society on Mars. Their runway debut this season is from Z, a subsidiary of the brand with innovative new-age designs. Among the looks inspired by mathematical equations used to calculate chaos on Mars are a bronze bodysuit with a swirling mass of shiny copper threads, an orange and pink mohair coat with yellow details and a flowing train of sheer gray fabric over a tight white dress. and a computer-generated silver chest piece.
The next editions of Global Fashion Collective are during Milan Fashion Week September 25, 2022 and Paris Fashion Week October 1, 2022.