New York Style Guide
China Fashion Gala 2020
By New York Street Guide
July 26, 2020
On Thursday, July 23, 2020 The China Institute and the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund (CBCF) co-presented the China Fashion Gala 2020 virtually. This annual celebration serves as a platform for emerging Chinese talent and design internationally. It is also a forum for recognizing individuals whose contributions have helped position China at the forefront of global fashion and beauty.
The event was hosted by Yue-Sai Kan, co-chair of China Institute and founder and chairwoman of CBCF. This year’s gala honored Estée Lauder with the Beauty Award. This inaugural award was accepted by Stephane de La Faverie, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Global Brand President, Estée Lauder which was presented by Yang Mi. Chinese investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wendy Yu was honored with the Millennial Leadership Award, presented by Jason Wu. Chinese American designer Phillip Lim was honored with the Leadership Award, presented by Lisa Ling. Actress, director, artist and activist Lucy Liu was honored with the Icon Award, presented by Yue-Sai Kan. Each award was donated by Baccarat. Co-chairs were Elizabeth Segerstrom, co-managing partner and co-owner of South Coast Plaza; Mariko Miura, CEO of Meihodo New York; Julian Rizzuto, founder of Dreamlink Foundation; Mark Gong,emerging Chinese designer; and Jeannette Chang, former SVP of Hearst Magazines International.
Some of the evening’s highlight’s included a private 40-minute live cocktail party via Zoom with honorees immediately preceding the gala, a globe-spanning opening performance by Quincy Jones Productions; a special dance of the Thousand Hand Bodhisattva performed by members of the Chinese People’s Art Troupe of People with Disabilities; and a fashion presentation by Chinese couture designer Xiong Ying, who showcased her creations under the Heaven Gaia label.
Prominent guests in attendance included: Christian Louboutin, Guo Pei, Grace Chen, Angelica Cheung, Bette Midler, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Xiaowen Ju, Karolina Kurkova, Maggie Q, Jordan Connor, Lang Lang, Anna Hu, Rain, Chen Man, Simon Collins, Didi Pei, Ban Ki-moon, Kenny G, and Cai Guo-Qiang.