Summer is nearly upon us! As we long for the holiday season to start we gaze East to discover some of the most exciting developments to emerge from the Asian creative community. The Orient has been a source of inspiration for the West for centuries and today their fine and sophisticated lines, colours, patterns and the way of living are breaking into contemporary design, fashion, art and cuisine. While places like the precious Oriental pavilion, the Pagodenburg, hidden in the gardens of the Nymphenburg Castle, will always remind us of the exceptional beauty of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain of the 18th century so popular in Europe, we can now look in retrospect at the evolution of this love of Oriental flair from the art of the Cheongsam and the Yuki Tsumugi Kimono to Asian emerging talents and prestigious fashion designers, flavours and art techniques, among others. Follow us on this FashionEasta journey!
In this month’s issue…
Alice Ko: The Art of the Cheongsam
We discover how the Cheongsam has been revolutionised and modernised maintaining its aesthetics as a traditional Chinese gown to embrace femininity and sophistication through the designs of Alice Ko.
How do our culture and tradition influence the way we dress? This time around, the inspiration comes from the East, particularly from China and Japan. The excellence of Asian craftsmanship!
Once synonymous with struggling students, ramen noodles have received a high-class makeover. London, NYC and SF are just a few of the many places this trend is catching on in. Is it on its way to become the new sushi?
Wearso’s Organic World
We talk to Ola Was, designer of Wearso Organic, a collection made of environmentally friendly fabrics embracing the Japanese approach of old methods of production and multi-functionality. A must see collection!
Reinventing Traditional Chinese Culinary Experience
Although, SF’s famous Chinatown is rich in history and culture, it is missing quality Chinese cuisine with a top-notch dining experience. Restaurateur George Chen and AvroKO are about to change this. Stayed tuned!
Asian Digital Art!
While hopping around Google, we stumbled across a wonderful artist from China, who has created some of the most captivating digital drawings we have ever seen. We are proud to exhibit this little known talent on the FG.
A Night in Macbeth’sCastle
We meet Felix Mortimer during week two of rehearsals for Macbeth, the new production that RIFT is bringing to a secret location in East London this summer. A new and exciting version of Macbeth that you can’t miss!
Yuki Tsumugi: Sophistication of Beauty
We explore the craftsmanship of a precious silk, Yuki Tsumugi made in Japan. Spinning silk floss, making tangles before yarn dyeing to produce patterns and weaving on a loom back strap – your final product? A Yuki Tsumugi Kimono!
The Orient Fashion American Effect
We take a closer look at the new Chinese designers that are currently dominating the western American fashion scene. A balance between a brand’s style and functionality with a blend of eastern and western style!
Abahna: Tales from the Far East for Bathtime
A story that began during a holiday to the Far East? Ed and Claire Croft, founders of Abahna,a luxury bath and spa range, tell us in an exclusive interview all about these fantastic products, the concept, rationale and emotional story behind it!
Descience : The Process – in the making!
In the next stage of our Descience adventure, we follow the creation process of three teams as they start to bring their designs to life – one of the most important and exciting stages of the competition.
Silas Liew: Eid 2014
Check out the bespoke collection of multi-ethnic designs by designer Silas Liew. His garments, drawing from traditional Malay dressing gowns to African and Southeast Asian influences, redefine chic and bold modern Muslim wear.
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