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Lisa Von Tang, a Canadian-born Chinese-German designer based in Singapore, has created a stable business in Asia since her label’s debut in 2017. And now, she is looking forward to boosting her womenswear business in North America.
At the classy Veronika restaurant during the New York Fashion Week, Von Tang showcased her fall collection called “Dare to Die,” which displayed her signature designs—a combination of dressy separates, knitwear, and formal nightwear.
The majority of the pieces were inspired by a mythological Chinese bird described as a phoenix called Fenghuang. “She falls to ashes, but she rebirths,” said Von Tang.
The pieces, as a result, have phoenix designs embroidered onto evening jackets and shaped as Swarovski crystals into a blaze in jumpsuits. Von Tang didn’t back down in putting decorative details into pieces: A daring catsuit had a sequin blaze at the crotch—a glaring detail indeed.
Von Tang’s more pared-back pieces stole the show. She deliberately created several figure-hugging knitwear items from recycled materials such as nylon, yak fiber, and alpaca. The entire collection is created in a factory powered by solar energy.
A cream-colored knit gown was detailed asymmetrically, with a long sleeve on the right and a crystal shoulder strap on the left. In addition, Von Tang tried out breaking down traditional Cheongsam into different pieces for the evening: A magenta silk two-piece suit’s jacket channeled the attire’s curved hemlines and was highly appealing.
“I wanted to use more stretch materials and make it a little more casual,” said Von Tang about her experimentation.
The designer tried out the sexy, Y2K mood that appears to be recently dominating the fashion world. “I want to do it in a way that doesn’t feel like Chinese New year—a little more contemporary and modern,” she said.