During the summer, Paris-based brand Kenzo (creative directors Humberto Leon & Carol Lim) featured an all-Asian cast for its RTW S/S 2018 show. It made me positively giddy & almost tearful in that I loved daydreaming about the Asian friendships blooming backstage & also that it was #abouttime that the runway went beyond using token Asians. Asians working together & boosting each other up, especially in areas where they are considered more powerless can just make me tear up like no other.
I thought that this Alexander Wang show was perhaps even cooler in that it wasn't an all-Asian cast, but a majority one. Quite significant in that it A) wasn't one of those LVMH brands/Chanel replicate shows for Asian countries, where they use representation to pull $$ out of consumer pockets, but an actual NYFW show & B) Kinda paves the way to upturn the majority white/black cast b/c the fashion industry & Hollywood is not good at representing Asians/Latinos. (Total run-on sentence, I know. What can I say? I'm a modern-day Nathaniel Hawthorne.) I hope that this wasn't just some kind of stunt. It was both empowering & weird, for lack of a better word, that the Asian models both led and closed up the pack. Is there some kind of deeper meaning behind the placement? To pave the way for more Asians? /again, is this just some kind of stunt? '~'
Whatever the case, everyone looked awesome, no matter what race they are. I'm only putting the Asian models on this post though b/c hello! the post is titled "Asian Boss Ladies". Plus, you should just go to Vogue/NYMag for all the looks~
Liu Chunjie leading the pack.
Chen Siqi (I wanna see someone wear this off the runway! Love it~)
Choi Sora (Sora looks amazing!)
Wangy Xinyu (Positively confused as to why everyone says her lastname is Wangy. Is that true? What's the Chinese character for it? #mindblown)
Qin Shupei (I really wished she opened/closed the show, simply b/c she is the industry veteran amongst all of the models. That would have been cool.)
Zhao Junli (another look I'd love to see off the runway)
The man himself: Alexander Wang