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Organizers of AsianInNY, New York’s premier online destination for multicultural networking and entertainment, at a press conference announcing its 2016 fashion show and cocktail reception Oct. 8, 2016 in Manhattan.

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2016) — AsianInNY, New York’s premier online destination for multicultural networking and entertainment, will host its 2016 fashion show and cocktail reception from 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 8, 2016 at 100 Washington Street, Manhattan, N.Y.

Partnering with China Institute, the oldest bicultural and non-profit organization in America to China, this year’s fashion show will feature five Asian fashion designers and brands including Malan Breton, JSong, Alice Yim, West56, and TOTR with over 50 Asian models on the runway.

Taiwanese born designer Malan Breton is the designer of one of the 300 most recognized luxury brands in the world” and the 24th most famous celebrity from Taiwan in the world. Breton has been worn by A-list celebrities around the world including Scarlett Johannson, Ariana Grande, Michael Buble and Fan Bing Bing and he has costumed AMC’s Breaking Bad , NBC’s Minute to Win It and others.

Breton’s work has been featured in Vogue, ELLE, WWD, COSMOPOLITAN, W Magazine, Vanity Fair, and on every A – list red carpet in the world including the Academy Awards. The Malan Breton runway show will feature his well-known men’s and women’s looks, some worked with the indigenous fabrics of his native home Taiwan. Breton is also the 2016 winner of the FGI Rising Star for menswear, and is an official Taiwan Tourism Ambassador of 2016-2017.

October 8th is also the opening day of New York International Bridal Week, and Breton will be presenting his bridal collection during AsianInNY’s 2016 fashion show.  

JSong, designer Way Zen created the JSONG label in Canada while studying design at Seneca College in 1990. Her design philosophy has been to create clothing with exterior beauty and inner harmony. Her designs are functional for real life and inspire happiness in people.

Zen considers herself a very lucky person to have her Chinese culture and access to other cultures. As she draws inspiration from the world, she bows to the West to thank the East and bows to the East to thank the West.

Alice Yim was born in Shanghai, grew up in Hong Kong and moved to America to study at the age of 17. Upon graduating from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, she relocated to New York to pursue a career in fashion.

While freelancing for Michael Kors, Yim worked to perfect her skills. Realizing her dream of starting her own label, Yim created her first knitwear collection in Autumn 2007. Since its debut, Alice Yim New York has evolved into a series of collections that are currently carried in boutiques nationwide.

Alston Yang, the designer of West56, is a Taiwanese American fashion designer known for chic yet athletic clothing. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Alston interned at Opening Ceremony and then later worked at Derek Lam.

Yang started his own fashion brand West 56 in New York City. His designs are futuristic and yet functional using high quality, new technology, and performance fabrics. West56 has been featured in the media including Today Show, Women’s Health and People StyleWatch.

Xue Liang, the designer of TOTO, was born in Jiansu China and attended in Jiangnan University, Central Saint Martins, and University of Hertfordshire. She taught at Shanghai University of Engineering Institute of Clothing Technology.

Liang worked in a number of well-known international and domestic competitions winning service in various garment companies and enterprises. During Spring 2012 at the Shanghai International Fashion Week, her design work won “Best Technology Award” at The Peach Girl into fashion by Mode Shanghai. She will be bringing the hottest Shanghai fashion to New York City.

In addition to having five fashion designers to display their featured designs on the runway, AsianInNY has recruited the international fashion industry’s experts to contribute to the runway show. Bags will be styled and provided by Manhattan Portage, the stylish and practical bags showcasing New York City’s famous skyline.

Hairstyles will be done by Ato Salon; makeup by Cakra Fashion Makeup & Skincare; accessory by Wendy Chen and sunglasses and headphones by Jimmy Crystal, a company that has over 22 years of experience creating gorgeous, stunning, and unique items embellished with Swarovski Crystals. This year’s fashion show will once again be directed by Alice Chin with runway coach by the veteran formal international model Yilin Hsu.

The 2016 fashion show’s featured performers will include:

Eric G., a Filipino American artist and Pop/R&B sensation, won the “Best R&B /Gospel Album of the Year from Atlanta-based Young Gifted Entertainment Award Committee and he was named as one of the Top Ten Independent Artists of 2010 by Tate Music Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Eric G. is currently writing and producing for other artists as he continues to tour with a huge concert upcoming in Singapore, Nov. 13.

Special beatboxing performance by SungBeats. SungBeats is an award-winning beatboxer who has been developing his craft for over 13 years. Since first discovering the art of beatboxing, Sung has been accumulating a library of vocal sounds that include percussion, scratches, bass-lines, synths, trumpets, strings and many other vocal sound effects, to create organic beats and melodies with the human voice.

Sung is most notable for winning all rounds of “Amateur Night at the Apollo: Season 2014,” as well as “Kollaboration Star 2014.” He has also competed in beatbox competitions both nationally and abroad, placing 2nd place in the 2011 American Beatbox Championships and representing the United States at the Grand Beatbox International Loopstation Battle in 2015.

Music will be provided by DJ Daniya Ozma, a singer-songwriter, electronic music producer, DJ and innovator from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Daniya’s mission is to contribute to the science of music and art by creating and exploring cross-industry collaborations or that resonance/connection between creative people that will potentially cause an increasing innovative motion and will benefit industries of arts.

The event will be emceed by Sirena Wang, whose resume includes having performed as a solo classical pianist with symphony orchestras, won two NCAA rifle championships, and is now working alongside artists such as Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Steve-O. In addition, she was crowned Miss New York Chinese 2006 and went on to be a top 5 finalists in the Miss Chinese International 2007 pageant representing New York, where she continues an active role in inspiring young women.

Along with a fantastic fashion show, we will also host a wonderful cocktail reception between 2-3pm sponsored by Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Canei, Dragon Chinese Noodles, Mika Japanese Cuisine and Bar, Singha Beer, TY KU Sake & Spirits, VIVALOE, and Vodkila. The first 200 people who purchase the tickets will receive gift bags sponsored by Erno Laszlo, Jimmy CrystalMalan Breton, Manhattan Portage, Nest Seekers International, SH-RD Hair Care, and The Grand at Sky View Parc. okidokidz photography will provide a photo booth to help attendees to catch their fashionable looks. For tickets, please visit:

Founded in 1926 by renowned scholars and educators, China Institute is the oldest bicultural organization in America with a mission to advance a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, business, culture and art with the knowledge that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community.

AsianInNY, founded in 2008, is New York’s leader and pioneer in Asian networking and it serves as a multi-cultural entertainment site. AsianInNY has established itself as the premier social and cultural authority for Asian-Americans in New York City that promotes various Asian cultures through event coverage, and honoring noteworthy individuals by producing exclusive in-depth interviews. AsianInNY prides itself as being one of the first organizations to cover events entirely in English for non-Asian Americans to learn about the many unique and indigenous Asian cultures and events.

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