Barbara Tyler Ahlfield Comments on Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week

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Barbara Tyler Ahlfield, successful fashion illustrator, comments on the recent Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week. From October 25th through November 1st, 300 designers from 10 nations showcased Spring and Summer 2014 collections.

Barbara Tyler Ahlfield

Expressing oneself through fashion is one of the joys of humanity across all cultures. The styles will change, but in essence the beauty of self-expression is universal. - Ahlfield

In light of China Fashion Week coming to a close on November 1st, talented fashion illustrator, Barbara Tyler Ahlfield releases a statement regarding the shows throughout the week. The 7 day event showcased 300 designers and their Spring and Summer 2014 collections.

“It is important to pay attention to international fashion trends to understand cultural perspectives of what clothes and accessories make women feel beautiful. These fresh perspectives are very inspiring to me as an artist. Throughout the week, each stage was filled with fabulous fantasy creations,” stated Barbara Tyler Ahlfield.

Beginning on October 25th, fashion icons hit the stage including White Collar, Liu Wei, Ren Chunhua and many more including young, up and coming designers. Catwalk designs ran the gamut from form-fitting classic cinema evening gowns in shimmering silks and chiffons to futuristic space-age creations with ornate and exaggerated shoulder treatments.

“Expressing oneself through fashion is one of the joys of humanity across all cultures. The styles will change, but in essence the beauty of self-expression is universal,” continued Ahlfield.

Prevalent throughout the week were nouveau approaches to traditional Asian floral motifs with exquisitely embellished gowns featuring painted or embroidered roses and other horticultural delights. Unique to the China Fashion week is the make-up; models’ eyes embellished with mini- sculpture flowers, coins, tiny bronze artifacts, studs, and faceted metal coinage leaving each show memorable.

The week concluded on November 1st with the Annual China Fashion Awards where designers are awarded for top talent, best menswear as well as womenswear. Liu Wei, Zeng Fengfei, and Wang Yutao as well as Pan Yiliang were recognized at the ceremony.

For more information on Barbara Tyler Ahlfield and her illustrations, please visit:

About Barbara Tyler Ahlfield:

Barbara started drawing at the age of two and was soon decorating her bedroom walls with crayon fashion drawings. As a child she was fascinated with the glamorous fashion she saw in the old black and white films on Television as well as the formal portraits she studied during children’s classes at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Following college, she united her loves of art and fashion into a career that spanned 30 years as one of the leading, award winning retail fashion illustrators in the country.

The archive of her illustrations is one of the few existing collections of American fashion illustration over the last quarter century and offers a retrospective of the American woman’s changing sense of style as well as changing illustrative styles. On any given day her full page illustrations appeared in many of the major newspapers in the country including the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc. showcasing top American fashion designers for the major US department stores such as Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, Dillards, John Wannamaker and many more. For more information, please visit:

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