Lily Kwong: Shiatzy Chen at Paris Fashion Week: East Meets West at Le Grand Hotel
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I ran into casting director Kannon Rajah in the lobby of Hotel Costes (I know it sounds like this is the only place I went while in Paris -- but it's not true! I swear I only went twice, but apparently this is where things happen during Paris Fashion Week). I was coming for an appointment, he was just going, and as Kannon drifted off with a group of very important-looking (and handsome!) gentlemen, he insisted: "You really have to come to the show I'm working on -- Shiatzy Chen, it's really special. Mel is working on it!"
"Mel" is only one of the coolest women working in fashion. In fact, she was really my first contact with the fashion world. I used to spend a lot of time at my cousin Joseph's studio, Altuzarra. Five years ago, Altuzarra was a very small brand, and I was always hanging around because the studio... was my apartment! That's right, I used to live among samples and swatches, interns and garment racks, mood boards and the occasional model. Altuzarra has since g
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