There are cosigns, and then there are cosigns -- and Ya Jun Lin earned the latter Sunday (Aug. 28) thanks to an artist you just might have heard of. During the beginning of her third performance on Sunday’s 2016 VMAs, Rihanna wore an oversized black down jacket with adjustable wool ribbon drawstrings designed by New York-based up and coming designer Ya Jun Lin.
Lin born in Nanjing, China, grew up in Vancouver and Los Angeles and recently graduated from the Fashion BFA program at The New School's Parsons School of Design. She has already been featured on Vogue.com as one of the two winners of the 5th annual installment of the Parsons x Kering Empowering Imagination design competition this past May, which featured judges including CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb, Altuzarra Founder and Creative Director Joseph Altuzarra, Saks Fifth Avenue’s SVP Fashion Director Roopal Patel, and Vogue Runway Director Nicole Phelps. Based on her onstage VMAs look, one of the judges -- Rihanna’s long-term stylist, Mel Ottenberg -- clearly liked what he saw.