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Dan Liu - Runway - September 2016 - "New Path" Collection New York Fashion Week: The Shows


Dan Liu Springs into New York Fashion Week at IMG

lthough Dan Liu insists he is the “least important” member of the staff on the day of his show, clearly the ship runs smoothly due to the meticulous attention the designer pays to every possible detail.

A monitor of the runway backstage allowed us a glimpse of the designer — well-established on the Canadian fashion scene, and now breaching New York’s fashion week for the second time. He’s running to and fro, hands-on with his models. He’s an expressive man with a passionate heart; a sentiment evident in his collection, where light-hearted lace dresses, bright florals, and the happiest of little black dresses sashayed down the catwalk.

A passionate heart is evident in his collection.

The dresses, mostly A-line, reminded me of the flouncy dresses that make you think of yourself as “pretty” for the very first time, spinning in your skirt for your parents. They’re the kind of clothes that make you smile. With an interesting blend of fabrics, Liu creates a collection of lace, beads, and jewels — the very materials the word “pretty” brings to mind.

They’re the kind of clothes that make you smile.