American fashion designer Loris Diran made his triumphant return to the United States last week with a retrospective of the work he’s been creating for Lilanz China as its creative director. The event was held in Manhattan’s Alpha Omega Theater.
Known as a regular on the New York Fashion Week schedule for 15 previous seasons, this presentation marked Diran’s first New York show in over five years and featured key looks from the four consecutive menswear collections he created for the Asian brand from 2017 to 2021.
The four collections revisited featured key runway looks from his Chinese runway presentations and explored his very personal journey of living and working in Mainland China for four years. Creating a focus and mood for the new concept involved a deep dive into the pathos of China’s youngest consumers and their desire to engage with global trends and ideas.
In attendance were industry luminaries such as designers Elie Tahari, Patricia Field, Carlos Campos, and Clark Sabbat, celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch, Freddie Leiba, and Ty-Ron Mayes, and legendary editor Constance White. The event also marked Diran’s first collaboration with Edward Tricomi Of Warren Tricomi, and his second men’s cosmetic brand Mënaji. Specialty Autumn cocktails were provided by TUCK GIN.
Diran is of Euro-Armenian descent and immigrated to America at an early age, where his family settled on New York’s Upper West Side. It was NYC’s glam culture as well as its urban grit that gave birth to his aesthetic, which Diran describes as “a dialogue between Sartorial and Streetwear.”