Dan Liu showed a fabulous collection of fresh creativity, take a look.
Women’s Ready to Wear designer, Dan Liu, presented a show-stopping Fall/Winter 2018 collection to a full house of fashion insiders at Spring Studios.
Liu’s fans of his feminine, sophisticated aesthetic packed into the gallery space awaiting a spectacle as has come to be the norm by the designer. The spotlights shot on within the dim room, and all eyes struck the catwalk opening. A pale pink trench coat ensemble broke the threshold with black leather piping and a model looking quite sophisticated in sunglasses by Nectar (https://www.nectarsunglasses.com/) and pulled back hair.
This season’s inspiration was all about the strong, independent, and dangerous woman—a spy. Entitled “The Spy Who Loved Me”, the FW18 runway lit up with beautifully mysterious models wrapped in Dan Liu’s branded headscarves. A piano rendition of the infamous track from James Bond accompanied the runway presentation.
“It’s not about James Bond, though; it’s about the woman.” said the designer, Dan Liu, backstage.
The collection was a statement of redefinition of the retro style of the 1960’s and 1970’s with simple, but unique colors and patterns. “The Spy Who Loved Me” was a story, both novel & film, popular during the same time period, which was where the theme and collection found intersection. The narrative and clothes described the evolution of women in society to become more independent and strong.
Classic silhouettes like trench coats, shift dresses, caplets, and a line skirts were paired with the sheen of a modern bomber or embellished buttons to create an in-the-now, yet sophisticated aura. The prominent color of the collection was black due to the season, but statements of yellow, red, and pink enhanced the retro designs. Designer, Dan Liu, wanted the industry to know that color can make women feel more beautiful no matter the season, and he hopes to bring the blooming nature of spring into the winter months through his fashions.
Eco-friendly materials were used to convey this message and cherish the budding planet. Intricate lace fabrics and time-honored plaid and hound’s-tooth motifs were represented throughout the collection in layered outfits, tea-length coats, and detailed cocktail dresses.
Notable attendees included actress Teala Dunn, Miss USA Kara McCullough, Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss America Cara Mund, Shaniah Mauldin of Growing Up Hip Hop, TLC Trading Spaces’ Genevieve Gorder, recording artist Rydel Lynch, actress Danielle Savre, Broadway star Ariana Debose, Indya Moore and Hailie Sahar of Ryan Murphy’s Pose, Real Housewife of Potomac Gizelle Bryant, Vallory Lomas winner of ABC’s Great American Baking Show, and actress Annie Q.
About Dan Liu
Award-winning Canadian designer, Dan Liu, draws his inspirations for DAN LIU and TATSUAKI designs from his Chinese and Japanese heritage. With emphasis on beauty and practicality, his debut knitwear collection was so unique that numerous Hollywood celebrities frequented his first Yorkville store in Toronto. The TATSUAKI women’s line has since evolved into ‟Funky Couture” while “Elegant Couture” is the perfect characterization of DAN LIU’s line.
Both labels often appear with knit, crochet, lace, embroidery and beaded details and they are favored by young executives as its chic yet elegant apparel can be worn from day to night. As Designer-in-Chief, Dan is best known for contemporary dresses and his tailoring that accentuates the female form with a romantic flair. Dan’s versatility can be seen from various themes of his collections. Working from concept to patterns, he incorporates color contrasts, details and wearability to ensure every piece is perfect from any angle.