Qiongxin Kou TO SHOW [Her] COLLECTION
AT VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK FALL/WINTER 2018
New York City, New York – Beryl is the talk of the city as Qiongxin Kou presents their captivating new collection at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2018 Season (VFW). The featured brand is Beryl, which is a brand built to deliver the positive mood of freshness and coziness.
“Mixing emerging and established designers from across the world has been our recipe for success for over 17 years. Vancouver Fashion Week is fortunate to be working with remarkable talent and growing alongside maturing designers. We are grateful that we as an organization can, and have acted as a stepping stone in their careers.” says Jamal Abdourahman, producer and founder of Vancouver Fashion Week.
“This collection is designed to deliver a very positive mood of freshness and coziness to the audience and the public, and also is a memorable gift to myself to commemorate the first tenth year of my design career. This is a woman’s wear collection. The general style of this collection is in simple and neat cuts, cooperating with softly draped silk, crepe, and knitting pieces in different fresh colors, such as ice blue, cherry-blossom pink, olive green and so on, the whole collection would present a fairly natural look”
Born in Xi’an, China, Qiongxin Kou is a Chinese fashion designer currently living in New York City. She has featured in the article “6 Designers (Straight out of Fashion School) to Know“ on New York Times, and has been a selected candidate for the Coach Hackathon 2017 for Top Students and a selected designer for Parsons End of Year Benefit Runway of 2017.
My background consists of three countries and three fashion colleges: France’s Esmod (Beijing branch), United Kingdom’s Central Saint Martins and the United States’ Parsons. Each country and education has its own unique culture, and the different levels of pressure, structure, responsibility and market have widened my scope in the industry, making me much more flexible and adaptable to future challenges. My professional strength tends to focus more on the crafty side of fashion design, as I am passionate in the exploration of materiality and structure in design. However, I am solid in the proficiency of other required skills, capable of communication and collaboration between different departments, techniques, and tools.
As a fashion designer, I see garments as a tool that not only transforms the appearance of the wearer, but also as a factor that can cause change in the lifestyle of the wearer. As we grow and interact with the world, our emotions and physicals adapt, and since garments rely on the body to gain meaning, it should, conceptually, be able to grow and interact with the world as well. This inner view of seeing garments and design are also my intention for building upon my brand.
Through researches of philosophy, psychology and sociology, I dissect and analyze the behaviors of humans, in order to construct concepts that discuss these three subjects: Time, Evolution, and Metabolism, a chain of factors that leads to happiness and health. These are the elements that drive an individual’s improvement and happiness, and my designs seek to be a part of this beautiful force. Through careful selection of methods in how I approach the production of my designs, I exclude many factors that have been harmful, superficial and wasteful, so the wearer can be free from these negativities, resulting in real responsible designs that will last.
I tend to use natural objects as the motif of my collections, as I am inspired by their miraculous and organic sense of existence. The way a plant grows, a river flows, or a star glows, express simple yet powerful meanings of life. I also tend to put heavy amounts of handcrafting elements in my designs, as handcrafting is a ritual that genuinely respects time, and its delicacy raise true appreciation. I believe my garments will let my wearers see how much more positivity a garment can bring to their life, when so much negativity is excluded, and replaced with moral, careful, and thoughtful choices all the way through.]
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