Yi Fang Wan should be happy this week - after all, she just took first prize in the highly anticipated Central St Martins College of Art graduate fashion show. Besting 40 other collections from some of London's best style talent, she had a captive audience of industry guests to make her sartorial debut.
The show's judging panel included Marios Schwab, the Telegraph's Hilary Alexander and fashion filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson. Winners (including first and second runners-up Phillip Patterson and Alex Mullins) were awarded cash prizes of as much as ₤1,000 from Fashion Fringe - not to mention the (priceless) opportunity to show their work to guests in the audience ranging from alum Gareth Pugh to Met Costume Institute Director Harold Koda.
Yi Fang Wan impressed judges with voluminous looks in neutral shades, with other trends - as Fashionista sums up - including Surrealist and Dada styles, plus more-is-less Galliano-style print collections.
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En Francais, Marie Claire has taken yet another leap towards promoting a "love your body" message by featuring plus size models in swimsuits and lingerie in its June issue. It was only two months ago that the magazine produced a totally non-airbrushed issue - the only one to be produced within the last decade. This will undoubtedly win them support with the general public regardless of whether the rest of the fashion world follows suit.
News has flown in that the cool, yet undeniably chic Alexander Wang is soon launching another capsule collection. It is one that will be more affordable to the masses whilst up-keeping to his notorious urban edge on his well-known exquisite tailored style. Having celebrated his CDFA nominations for Womenswear Designer of the Year and Accessories Designer of the Year, Wang has been left in an ecstatic mood especially after the rapturous reception to his recent resort collection that was unveiled this week. Talking about this new collection he is working on, Wang said:
"After last season we started looking at our carry-over business, what our customers come back for again and again. There's also this perception that we're very young however, this is our way of being more democratic. "
In comparison to his other collections, in particular 'T' which was proven to be a huge hit, Wang explained:
"T is very casual and easy but I don't want to say [the new line] is based on tailoring or business attire, but they're two different focuses."