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VN designers revive fashion amid pandemic

Vietnamese fashion designers, who have postponed their new collections due to the pandemic, have had a strong comeback at the recent Aquafina Viet Nam International Fashion Week (AVIFW) 2021.

Designer Adrian Anh Tuan’s latest collection called “Chạm” (Touching) opens the Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week 2021. — Photo courtesy of the organiser

Thirteen Vietnamese designers and fashion brands introduced new collections of evening gowns, suits, streetwear, and ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dresses) for adults and children during the event held recently in HCM City.

Designs were made with high-quality materials, including metallic fabrics, silk, organza, lace, and velvet with hand-embroidered and printed patterns.

Trang Le, founder of Viet Nam International Fashion Week (middle), French Consul General in HCM City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser (second from left), and Consul General of Italy in HCM City Enrico Padula (second from right) at the opening ceremony of the AVIFW 2021. — Photo courtesy of the organiser

Famous designer Adrian Anh Tuan presented the AVIFW 2021 last week with his latest collection called "Chạm" (Touching) featuring designs for men and women, including evening gowns, suits, long coats, and retro-styled ao dai, along with colourful dresses.

Handbags in leather and accessories were also included.

Adrian Anh Tuan, founder of fashion brand Valenciani, said he named his collection “Chạm” with the message “Let people 'touch' each other after a long-period social distancing.”

He said “Chạm” is sometimes a contact through the eyes or soul. "Let's be open to welcome a brighter future," he said.

Designer Nguyen Tien Truyen debuted his brand “Maison Tei by Nguyễn Tiến Truyển” with his "Maison Tei Spring/Summer 2022” collection.

The collection featured suits, dress suits, bodysuits, T-shirts and shirts in modern style and form, blending colours of black, blue, latte and pink to reflect the revival of the city.

Ao dai designer Minh Chau brought her collection called “Hồi Sinh” (Revival) highlighting the beauty of ao dai in voile and embroidered with Vietnamese traditional patterns like a white lotus.

Young designer Quy Cao, winner of the fashion contest TikTok FashUP 2021, impressed fashion lovers with his collection “Follow the Chemistry” featuring streetwear in vivid colours and innovative designs inspired by ao dai.

Devon Nguyen, who closed the AVIFW 2021, introduced the collection “Future is Now” with designs for women like suits, dresses and long coats in metallic fabric and voile, highlighting a futuristic style.

Devon, founder of fashion brand Devon London by Devon Nguyen, said she wanted to send a message of letting go of illusions and paying attention to reality.

The AVIFW 2021 also saw the participation of other Vietnamese designers and brands like Hoang Hai, Ivan Tran, and Le Long Dung.

The catwalk performance featured winners from Vietnamese beauty pageants, and top models.

The Viet Nam International Fashion Week, first held in 2014, has become the leading fashion event in Southeast Asia and the fourth largest in Asia after Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai fashion weeks. 

Source: Vietnam News

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