The 2018 Chengdu International Fashion Week, co-organized by Chengdu Media Group, opened on Nov 13 in the Tianfu New Area of Chengdu, Sichuan province in China.
Representatives of nearly 100 fashion-related companies, education agencies and design centers from regions including the four major fashion capitals of New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo attended the opening ceremony of the first international fashion week to be hosted in Chengdu. Distinguished guests gathered from such prominent organizations as the Europe Design Center, Goldman Sachs, the University of Tokyo, the International Management Group and the Parsons School of Design, among many others.
A forum was held as part of the opening ceremony, in which luminaries from the industry held a dialogue on the topic of “What can Chengdu contribute to world fashion?” and offered their observations from a variety of perspectives.
Elliott Foote, IMG planning supervisor and special envoy of the New York Fashion Week, said in his speech at the opening ceremony that Chengdu is a beautiful city with rich cultural resources, and he feels eager to invite many international designers and top brands to bring their designs and products here. Chengdu should make full use of its unique cultural offerings, such as Sichuan figured satin and Sichuan embroidery to attract more brands and talent to settle in the city, he added.
Simon Collins, former head of the Parsons School of Design, plans to open a design school in Chengdu. He thinks Chengdu is a city that cares a great deal about fashion, and young local designers need to make every effort to educate themselves on fashion design and to pay keen attention to the development of the fashion industry.
Doug White, a philanthropist from the United States, pointed out that Chengdu can maintain its own cultural essence while pursuing innovation-driven development, and Chengdu is a good representative of Chinese fashion.
Federico Boselli, special envoy of the chairs of both the Europe Design Center and Milan Fashion Week, was impressed by Chengdu’s fashionable atmosphere as soon as he got off the plane. He thinks that fashion is an attitude of life and a life style that is closely linked with human existence, and so this can be extended to a city’s cultural texture.
Zhang Qinghui, chairman of the China Fashion Association, said in his speech at the opening ceremony that Chengduhas never been short of traditional culture and fashion genes, and that fashion can build a bridge between a city and the world.
Jerome Scola, chief strategy officer of Slush, an international tech event, said Chengdu has left an amiable impression on him, because Chengdu reminds him of Paris, in that it is a place where people can enjoy life to the fullest and are full of vitality. It is hard to combine traditional culture and modern fashion, but Chengdu achieves this in its own unique way.
Lyu Yan, a model and fashion designer, said Chengdu is a city that hums with energy, where the young people here love new things, and where many young women know all kinds of very special and even obscure brands.
The six-day event attracted nine world-leading fashion agencies to Chengdu for communication and exchange. Additionally, some international brands, including Chloé, Stella McCartney, Blue Erdos, Etro, Play Lounge & Self-portrait and Sportmax, hosted fashion shows on Chengdu’s landmark Taikoo Li business street.