TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The season's culminating event for Taiwan fashion designers and sustainable fashion trends, the 15th annual Taipei IN Style Trade Show (TIS), opens tomorrow, November 16, and runs through Sunday, November 19, at the Songshan Creative Park. The Taipei IN Style pre-press event today marks the beginning of Taipei's fashion week.
Fashion week, Taipei style
Today's opening ceremony was hosted by the Taiwan Textile Federation. The Federation Secretary-general, Huang Wei-chi (黃偉基) opened the ceremony with an inspiring reminder, that
Taipei IN Style is designed to give Taiwanese designers exposure, to further enhance the image of Taiwan and Asia, while enriching the regional and global market.
The TIS event is punctuated with Taiwanese designers and their creative philosophies, as well as pieces from Japanese, Hong-Kong, Korean, and other designers of varying nationalities. A total of 145 brands and 208 booths will be present.
This year's TIS is partnering with Redress, a Hong Kong-based fashion environmentalist NGO, for a special project. They will collect discarded fabric from textile manufacturers, work to reconfigure the materials as well as the sewing machines so as to breathe new life into the fabrics and the future.
This afternoon's preview show featured one runway look from 26 different designers.
The theme of this year's show, a sustainable fashion future, was recognizable in each of the looks, each simultaneously futuristic and emanating eco-awareness. Garments of royal-colored furs mixed with bright plaids and oh-so-many textures valiantly stood out as the models walked. Upbeat sounds, like a waterfall over a riverbed of plastic, accompanied the models down the catwalk.
The menswear selections in particular resonated presence, and confidence. Palettes both light and dark paired with unexpected garment lengths demanded attention.
The well-known Taipei model, Shirley Wu (吳品萱), concluded the show in a black dress theorizing a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Chinese knot (中國結).
Fashion all weekend
TIS will take over Songshan beginning tomorrow for the next four days. The Thursday and Friday shows are aimed at buyers and press. The Saturday and Sunday shows are free and open to the public. Throughout the event visitors can peruse trunk shows or attend one of the four seminars offered.
Some spectacular moments to watch out for include the Asia Fashion Collection, Fashion Hong Kong, a collaboration between 10 Hong Kong designers, the Asia Remix 2017 sponsored by the International Fur Federation, and Totem, a look at Taiwan indigenous costumes.