Paris' Fashion Week Draws Asian Designers

Posted: Jul. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

The fashion season is in full swing across the globe, but this years Paris fashion week has seen an interesting development: a cultural infusion of Asian styles, like those of Wooyoungmi from south Korea or Japan's Yusuke Takahashi. It's a welcome change and a far cry from some of the more bizarre fashion to come out of this year's fashion week, up to and including man-skirts and streakers.

Asian designers on Thursday took to the catwalks at Paris fashion week with the sharp lines of South Korea’s Wooyoungmi’s scorched desert-inspired collection vying for attention with young Japanese designer Yusuke Takahashi’s colourful exploration of traditional dyeing techniques for Issey Miyake.

In a collection described as a departure from Wooyoungmi’s “steady focus on her ideal man as a source of inspiration” the South Korean drew on winter thoughts of a “scorched desert landscape”.

Working with denim for the first time, Wooyoungmi – who was the first South Korean designer to venture into menswear – offered sharply tailored jackets, button-up shirts and stiff-bodied t-shirts in cactus green, sky blue, sandy beige and python print.


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