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Jason Wu

Fashion labels' reliance on big names is a double-edged sword

Designer Jason Wu's appointment at Hugo Boss caused a stir. Photo: AFP

What's in a name? Quite a lot, it seems, if the fashion industry is anything to go by. Last week two famed designers had their moment in the spotlight.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 10:28am

First lady Peng Liyuan spurs boom in demand for home-grown labels

President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, are welcomed to Tanzania by President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and his wife, Salma Kikwete. Photo: AP

First lady Peng Liyuan's choice of home-grown designer brands on her maiden overseas trip with President Xi Jinping has been hailed as a boon for China's fashion industry, yearning for its own "Jason Wu moment".

26 Mar 2013 - 8:53am 10 comments

Everything covered

Jason Wu's studio in the fast-pulsing heart of New York City's garment district is a minimalist oasis of calm.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The only way is up

Designer Jason Wu's upward career trajectory - given a major boost in 2009 by US First Lady Michelle Obama when she wore his silk chiffon one-shoulder, floor-length gown at her husband's inauguration - continues at a rocket-propelled pace, with about 140 stores worldwide stocking the Chinese designer's classy clothing.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Purple Reign

Blazer, skirt and shirt (worn as corset) all by Thom Browne. Bra by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Left Blouse by Jason Wu. Knickers by Louis Vuitton. Gloves and fur belt stylist's own.

Centre Coat by Parkchoonmoo. Knickers by Louis Vuitton. Tights by Pretty Polly. Shoes by Miu Miu.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Aurelie Bidermann

Who started it? French-born jewellery designer Aurelie Bidermann received a master's degree in art history in France, before relocating to New York, where she worked at auction house Sotheby's. In 1999, she returned to France to pursue her first love, jewellery, by enrolling at a gemology school in Anvers and later at BJO in Paris.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

New York

In the midst of a full-blown recession, New York had the unenviable task of being the first city to hold its autumn/winter fashion week. It came as no surprise that Manhattan's runway shows were scaled down, with designers such as Vera Wang opting for small, intimate presentations, often in their own boutiques.

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Paving the way for sound legal system

A Latin American tour guide introduces his national court by saying: 'This is our Court of Injustice.' Woe to those who see no justice in their countries! In ancient China, Judge Pao of the Song Dynasty was the model of a clean-handed judge. Yet how can we ensure all judges carry out their duties with clean hands?

24 Feb 1999 - 12:00am