Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford made a major mark at last weekend's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala by inviting mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, Canadian, and American stars to attend and walk the red carpet wearing pieces by both established and up-and-coming designers.
Rising young Asian-American designers were featured prominently in the store's celebrity lineup. This publicity may help them gain notoriety in the Chinese market, where major established fashion houses rule supreme. Taiwanese-American designer Jason Wu outfitted three of the company's invitees, including Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Chinese model Ming Xi, and Canadian Mad Men star Jessica Paré, while American actress Maggie Q wore a gown by Prabal Gurung. Also invited were Chinese model Liu Wen, Vogue
China Editor-in-Chief Angelica Cheung, and Hong Kong actress Carina Lau.
Check out the stars' ensembles below (photos courtesy of Lane Crawford):
Zhang Ziyi in Jason Wu.
Liu Wen in Alexander McQueen.
Angelica Cheung in Valentino Haute Couture.
Carina Lau in Miu Miu.
Ming Xi (L) in Jason Wu, with Angelica Cheung (M) and Zhang Ziyi (R).
Jessica Paré in Jason Wu.
Maggie Q in Prabal Gurung.