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Traditional Eastern culture has influenced the fashion industry profoundly and Liu Yong took this influence, in particular that of Taoism, into his atelier as the inspiration for this season’s Dakun x Liu Yong runway show. Lindsay Matthews reports for The Riviere Agency.

About The Show

The Dakun name contains the symbolic meaning of Taoism, representing the blending of ancient Chinese culture with new street style trends — aka the mystery behind the “Eastern Legends” collection.

Liu Yong’s inspiration came across with luxurious fabric coatings, knitted borders and intricate edging on the garments. Street elements were apparent with the materials used and strategically placed graphics and logos. Male, female, as well as the cutest children’s, looks came down the catwalk in edgy, futuristic reds, army green prints and easy edgy black. Accessories such as sock slide on sneakers and architectural backpacks complemented Liu Yong’s anorak, hoody and sweatpant pieces.

The designer wanted to express throughout his show his concept of “Eastern Legends”. Dakun x Liu Yong aims to incorporate typical Chinese fashion with the younger generation. “Eastern Legends” combines history with the latest trends.

Notable attendees included actress Francesca Curran of Orange is the New Black, Real Housewife of New Jersey Danielle Staub and editors from the New York Times, NY Post and CR Fashion Book.


About Dakun

The brand name “DAKUN” originated from a Chinese legend within Huaxia civilization. The designer, Liu Yong draws inspiration from ancient Chinese culture and focuses on designing in a novel way. The design of DAKUN combined with casual luxurious materials and interesting fabrications has make Liu Yong one of the most prolific designers sought after by Chinese youth and fashion notables. By using excellent fabrication and fun visual design, DAKUN aims to display the unique lifestyle of Chinese young generation to the world, who have courage to challenge the traditions and eager to create their new era. For more information, please visit www.dakunchina.com.

Dakun X Liu Yong Runway -- September 2018 -- Image courtesy of Getty Images

Dakun X Liu Yong Runway during New York Fashion Week, September 2018: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

About Liu Yong

Liu Yong is regarded as one of the top 10 fashion designers in China and has held the title of project director and product consultant roles in many famous fashion groups in China such as Septwolves and BOSIDENG. Liu in 2003 started up his own fashion studio and has since enjoyed many successful fashion brand collabs. Liu in 2015 established his own street fashion brand: “LIU YONG PLAY”, one of the original street style brands in China.

Liu in 2016 went on to win the “China Fashion Designer Top Award”. He is also one of the core designers of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), a council member and executive member of the Arts Committee of the China Fashion Association, a council member of Asian Fashion Association China, vice president of Fujian Fashion Designers Association and vice president of the Guangdong Fashion Designers Association.


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Originally written by Lindsay Matthews for The Riviere Agency, 2018. All rights reserved
Additional editing by Elsbeth van Paridon for Temper Magazine
Featured image: Courtesy of IMAXTree and Getty Images


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Elsbeth van Paridon

China Fashion, Design and Urban Culture Groupie, Editor-in-Chief at Temper Magazine
Temper Magazine Founder and Editor-in-Chief Elsbeth van Paridon holds a degree in Sinology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and additionally is just another run-of-the-mill fashion aficionada.

After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.

Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.

Van Paridon hunts down the latest in Chinese menswear, women’s clothing, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in Chinaplus a selection of budding photographers.

Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of individuality and the power that is the Key Opinion Leader (the local term for “influencers”) in contemporary China.
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