A STAR bursts into life at London Fashion Week every few years. During those hectic few days someone catches the attention of the media and emerges as the face of the future or the one to watch his name. It has always been a man suddenly known to all, in and out of the fashion industry. \nIn 1984 it was John Galliano whose obvious genius brought him sharply into the limelight, and in the early 1990s the controversial talents of Alexander McQueen were the talk of the town. \nThis year it is the turn of 25-year-old Jonathan Saunders, who similar to the other two designers, is a graduate of Central St Martin College of Art and Design, London. \nIt is the inventiveness and originality - and wearability -- of Saunderss kaleidoscopic collection for spring/summer 2004 that has caused all the excitement, particularly the vibrant, geometric, silk-screen prints that he hand creates in his studio in Brixton, south London. No computers are involved in his work - rare in these high-tech times. \nLike Galliano and McQueen, Saunders is a perfectionist in his work and spends hours getting the pattern pieces and his complex, intricately engineered prints exactly right for his close-fitting mini dresses, flattering catsuits and long flowing tops. Each piece has a different print that often dictates the shape of the item. \nBorn in Lanarkshire, Scotland, after completing his schooling Saunders started a four-year course in product and furniture design at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) but later changed to fashion and textiles. Armed with a degree from GSA, he went on to St Martin, where, he told one interviewer: "All these colours started coming out of nowhere. It was liberation, totally." \nAt present, Jonathan collection can be found at Pineal Eye in London; Il Duomo in Milan; Henri Bendel in New York; Va Sara in Japan, and Shine in Hong Kong. But with the acclaim he recently won from both the fashion press and the international buyers visiting London for Fashion Week, his clothes should soon be more widely available.
FORCED LABOR: Customs officials have seized a 11.8 tonne shipment of products made from human hair on suspicion they were produced by people facing human rights abuses Federal authorities in New York City on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials said that 11.8 tonnes of hair products worth an estimated US$800,000 were in the shipment. “The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in
JUST QUESTIONS: Expelled reporter Ai Kezhu said that every member of Southeast Television had complied with the law and had not appeared on any talk shows Two Chinese reporters yesterday left Taiwan after the government revoked their accreditation and ordered them to leave amid a probe into allegations that several Chinese media outlets have set up studios and produced political talk shows in Taiwan. The two reporters — Ai Kezhu (艾珂竹) and Lu Qiang (盧薔) — worked for Fujian Province-based Southeast Television and arrived in Taiwan in December last year. The Mainland Affairs Council has launched an investigation after local media reported that Chinese broadcasters — including China Central Television, Southeast Television and FJTV — had set up studios in Taipei and produced political talk shows. Council Deputy Minister
UPTICK IN NUMBERS: The Taipei deputy mayor said the city has services to assist new immigrants, but has established an office specifically to help those from Hong Kong The Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office today officially opens, where it is to provide humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers, after Beijing yesterday passed a controversial national security law for the territory. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed dismay over China’s passage of the law, saying that Beijing has broken its pledge to allow Hong Kong to maintain a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years following its handover from the UK. “I feel extremely disappointed [about the law’s passage], which means China did not keep its promise to Hong Kong,” Tsai said in Taipei. Beijing’s “broken promise” also
PROBE LAUNCHED: An officer who served as a supervisor in the drill died in an apparent suicide after the accident, which was caused by unexpected waves Two marines who were on Friday injured in a military exercise in the waters off Kaohsiung passed away yesterday, Navy Command said. The marines — surnamed Tsai (蔡), 26, and a sergeant surnamed Chen (陳), 36 — were in a seven-member Marine Corps team that encountered rough seas during a simulated response to enemy forces landing on Taiwan. Their rubber craft overturned in waters off Taoziyuan (桃子園) beach in Zuoying District (左營), injuring four of the marines. They were rushed to hospital, where three of them — Tsai, Chen and a 34-year-old sergeant — were taken to an intensive care unit