Behind the Lens: New York Fashion Week

Asia Fashion Collection

The second that I opened the door of that big white tent, I knew it was the beginning of a very special night. A woman signed me in and gave me a backstage pass and as I made my way to the makeup and hair room, my eyes landed on a blonde model having her hair and makeup done. The lighting fell on her face in such a way that made her skin glow. I dropped my coat and bag on a table and got to work.

A model getting her makeup done (Avital Glibicky/WSN)
A model getting her makeup done (Avital Glibicky/WSN)

I snapped photos of models and their partially-finished updos and took in the expanse of clothes hanging beside paper placards that held information about every model and their respective outfits, as well as the names of the designers who created them. I looked for details everywhere. I saw designers huddled around and talking about their work with their translators in tow, making sure that each piece was ready for the runway.

The designers for the Asia Fashion Collection were hand-picked during a competition, and those chosen were given the opportunity to showcase their designs during New York Fashion Week. The designers came from Taiwan, Japan and China, accompanied by a myriad of international reporters covering the shows.

Center: Mim Mak, designer of HANG (Avital Glibicky/WSN)
Center: Mim Mak, designer of HANG (Avital Glibicky/WSN)

All the designers created amazing work, but my favorite look came from the mind of designer Yumiko Sei. The flawlessly layered look included vibrant colors and a variety of textures that made her collection truly original. The most stunning piece from her line was the enormous textured bag that dragged behind the model along the runway. It was an unexpected touch that set the tone for the rest of the collection.

SEi by Yumiko Sei (Avital Glibicky/WSN)
SEi by Yumiko Sei (Avital Glibicky/WSN)

Overall, the shows were spectacular and each person involved proved just how much hard work can pay off.

Here’s to the end of NYFW and to many fashion weeks yet to come!

Avital Glibicky is a contributing writer and photographer. You can email her at bstyle@nyunews.com

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