Fashion: Chen Peng Wins Yu Prize’s Top Award

Susan Fang, Donsee10, and At-One-Ment were all honored on a night that saw a total of $229,000 in prize money distributed.

Fashion: Chen Peng Wins Yu Prize's Top Award
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Global apparel market growth is slowly transitioning the planet into a better place. Many have earned job opportunities, while some a chance to nurture their talent in fashion. For instance, UK’s fashion industry is worth 26 billion euros, an equivalent of 800000 employment opportunities. So far, it is the most significant creative industry in the globe.

Meanwhile, the changing trends in fashion have influenced the evolution of one-sized fashion, designed by Chen Peng. Chen’s intervention in the fashion industry is one of the most incredible things, for his collections are designed to empower people of all body shapes.

Who is Chen Peng?

Chen Peng is a Chinese-based designer famous for his one-sized fashion styles. He graduated from the London College of Fashion, where he studied Menswear Fashion Design Technology. His brand, which seeks to advantage people with unique body sizes, has grown to include over 100 stockists. In an interview, Peng credited working with Christian Dior and Gareth Pugh to have contributed to his expertise. He says he gained so much experience and learned a lot of professional skills.

Occasionally, Peng’s designs have been exhibited in London Collections Men AW16. Therefore, his brand’s popularity has immensely grown. Not to mention, the likes of prominent celebrities like Lady Gaga have dressed in his designs.

Since One-sized fashion aims to make everyone feel beautiful regardless of their body, it is the perfect brand for upcoming designers and investors. More so as it endorses the significance of oneness.

The Award

Earlier this week, Peng took home the top award from the Yu Prize platform after presenting the best designs. Yu Prize is a platform founded by Wendy Yu that seeks to celebrate China’s best and upcoming fashion designers. The inaugural event has grown from one prize to a four for the best designers.

Following Chen’s win, he will receive 152000 dollars and a year of mentoring from the OTB group. Mrs. Yu expressed her excitement for Chen’s victory and acknowledged his great contribution to the fashion world.

“I believe that Chen Peng is portraying the best of the current generation,” said Susan, founder of the Yu Prize and beauty brand Yumee at the awards dinner ceremony here on Wednesday evening.

“I liked every one of the finalist designers, but I chose this designer because whether it was innovation or commerciality, I could see real potential.”

Chen, overwhelmed by his victory, stated that he was so happy and excited to win the award. He also acknowledged the importance of the platform for upcoming designers, stressing how it provided an opportunity for all talented fashionistas’ to showcase their styles.

Other than Peng, Susan Fang emerged as the first runners up. She received 300000 renminbi for winning the Creative Pioneer Prize. The subsequent prize was sponsored by Piaget, who saw it as an exclusive idea to celebrate creativity.

“We thought it would be best to have a dedicated price to reward innovation itself,” Piaget China managing director Mathieu Delmas said.

“From the first edition, and from what I’ve seen, I think it’s something that’s going to last,” Piaget said, even though he hadn’t committed to sponsoring the Yu Prize beyond this year.

As the first two awards were based on the designers’ collections, the other two were evaluated on an assignment’s delivery. That is, the third and the fourth winners. They each received 100000 renminbi.

The Yu Prize event was a success following a collaboration between 13 judges who sat down and shared their opinions about the contestants. With the help of the Yu platform, many designers are bound to grow.


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