Atelier By Fang Couture Fall 2019

The technique of origami featured heavily in Yang Fang’s fall 2019 collection for Atelier By Fang, the couture line of the fashion label she established in 2013 upon returning to her hometown of Shanghai after studying fashion at Esmod in Paris.
“Kids nowadays play on iPhones and iPads, but when I was little I used to play with paper,” said the designer, speaking at her first couture presentation in Paris. “My grandmother used to give me sheets of white paper and taught me how to transform them into small animals like frogs and elephants, or stars and flowers. When I arrived at Esmod, I started doing the same thing with fabrics, in order to pay homage to my Asian heritage.”
A stunning black-and-white midi shiftdress was made of hundreds of hand-folded silk organza flowers. At their center were eye-catching Swarovski crystals. The brand was the first Chinese label to be tapped by the jeweler as part of its support program for young designers, and the partnership has been going on for nine seasons.
The collection, which was black-and-white save for a short red dress, was entirely made in the By Fang couture ateliers in Shanghai, with a particular focus on craftsmanship and predominantly

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.</p Read More…

Stock Pickers Ready to Take the Facebook Out of ‘FANG’

Stock-picking fund managers have soured on Facebook since the social network’s revelation that millions of users’ data were compromised, with some either partially or completely abandoning their positions. WSJD


Suntchi’s CEO Paul Fang Talks Potential of CFDA Deal

NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America last month forged a five-year partnership with Suntchi Brand & Technology Co. Ltd., a full-service management company with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and New York. Through the partnership, CFDA’s 500-plus members gain access to the Chinese market and an opportunity to take advantage of Suntchi’s network of business partners in China.
Here, Paul Fang, founder and chief executive officer of Suntchi, discusses via an interpreter what type of American brands are most desirable to the Chinese consumer and the potential of the collaboration.
WWD: Which U.S. brands would have the most commercial potential in China?
Paul Fang: For many years, China has been following what the world wants, but now they’re really into the streetwear brands. In China, the biggest consumer influence is coming from streetwear, and consumer lifestyle. There are a lot of approachable lifestyle brands coming in, without naming specific brands. It’s now slowly influencing China.
WWD: Are you offering something that an American designer couldn’t do on his or her own?
P.F.: We humbly have to say that you don’t have to come through Suntchi, because that’s not what the collaboration is exclusively for. We want to basically have a platform with the CFDA. There are lot of

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Read More…