“I wanted to show the skyline as a nod to the point of arrival for my parents, which is why I’m here”, said Peter Do, who at 14 moved from Vietnam to the U.S. His mom works as a nail technician and his father as a construction worker. “For us, New York has always been home. But with the rise of COVID-19 and Stop Asian Hate, with people telling us to go back to where we came from, I’ve been thinking a lot about Vietnam”.
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The Celine and Derek Lam veteran who has become one of the most buzzed-about New York designers in three short years set his first runway show at the Skyline Drive In on the East River, with the spectacular Manhattan skyline as the backdrop which was about insisting on his place and that of his team as Asian-Americans here in New York.
Peter Do used the word functionality to describe his Spring/Summer 2022 collection remembering how his grandmother used to dress for church back in Vietnam.
The result was fluid silk and linen dresses over trousers after the traditional Vietnamese Ao dai styles, which he added lapels and closures to for a side-buttoning coat, lighter pleated skirts for his four-piece suits and sliding-off-shoulders shirts treated almost like accessories – perfect for warming climes while t-shirts and dresses came with airy portholes in the backs.
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