Dan Liu NYFW S/S 2019
There is something to say for the creative process and inspiration that goes into putting together a successful collection each season as a designer. While fashion week is just one part of the goal for sales and presentation in a designer’s calendar it is a major part. Designer Dan Liu takes this very seriously in fact, sitting in on his runway shows is more so classified as a production in our opinion.
This season Dan took us directly to Japan with his collection titled, “Ima, Nippon” Part 1 with fabric in blue, black, pink, white and multi-patterned pieces while still showcasing his signature lace that we all love. Let us not forget to mention though no trip to Japan would be complete without a cultural performance piece. Well, Dan showed us that too! Lui, opened this seasons runway show with a cultural offering that left guests remembering why they love him not only as a designer but also as an artist. The Samurai style performance gave onlookers a front row seat into both the Japanese and Chinese heritage the Canadian designer embodies. A “to be continued” sign floated across the runway opening door at the finale of his performance hinting that we are destined to see more in Part 2!
The shows opening model wore a white ankle length dress adorned with collar bone and lace at the chest featuring double pockets bringing us right back to the signature girl that Dan designs for. She is strong, elegant, sexy and takes the world on her terms. A similar laced mini dress can be seen on the same model a few looks into the show but this time gracing the hem line to the upper thigh giving us a feminine yet bold style to what we would like to call the new “LWD” little white dress. Every girl needs one, right? We knew you’d agree!
We believe as an ode to the cultures music we then saw a dress with perfect flow covered in music notes. The rest of the show gave floral and bold pattern dreaminess. We observed front row attendees Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Jenn Lyon of Claws, Singer Julie Mintz and Francesca Curran of Orange is the New Black glued to their cell phones along with other guests in awe as they posted live to social media from the packed large Gallery 2 studio of the New York Fashion Week: The Shows home at Spring Street.
Last season our “Editor N Chic” Marquita Bianca had the honor of speaking with Dan about faith, never giving up, and difficult times that almost prompted that collection to not go in to production. We are more then thrilled to see his runway domination this season making his advice one more inspiration to those he encounters.