Shanghai Fashion Week continued over the weekend with a full slate of runway shows and events. Here, a look at some of the standouts from the weekend.
Best known for his label’s bespoke modern take on the traditional Shanghainese qipao, also known as cheongsam, this show marked Shanghai designer Lu Kun’s first foray into ready-to-wear with a new line, Mikumkum. The focused collection incorporated Lu Kun’s expert cutting in an array of feminine dresses with a base of either silk or velvet in black, gray or jewel tones, overlaid with ribbons or panels in contrasting colors and fabrics. Silk skirts came in pencil cuts and more voluminous models, from mini to maxi lengths, and mini shift dresses were bejeweled, with long, chiffon or velvet sleeves.
Overall, the look was more youthful than usual from Lu Kun, but likely to attract a new generation of Shanghai-nese women to his fan club.
The collection, which is based in Shanghai and is the brainchild of designer Natasha Ivachoff, is (not surprisingly, given its name) focused on leather, suede and fur creations.
Expanding from their original mission – to create the perfect pair of leather leggings – Missy Skins’ latest collection still featured plenty of leather basics, including leggings and moto jackets, but also showcased the brand’s light touch with characteristically heavy materials. Flouncy leather mini skirts, bronze leather ruffles on a crop top and a palette of pastel colors – powder blue, off white and apricot – were examples of the feminine focus of the brand.
Where What Who
Music and fashion are worlds that often collide and China’s most famous rock star-turned-designer put on one of the most entertaining shows of Shanghai Fashion Week.
Best known as the lead singer of garage band Banana Monkey, lead singer Bono Zhang (yes, Bono) has been building his fashion brand, Where What Who, since 2010, with business partner and collaborator Denise Tang, and was on hand to provide live musical accompaniment for the catwalk show.
Not surprisingly, the brand’s aesthetic has a rock ‘n’ roll edge, though the theme is elevated to be more luxe than grunge.
Much of this collection riffed on a Mod theme, with shift mini dresses and fur coats falling from hip to calf-length. Some pieces, such as the mesh outwear and tops with neoprene patches also referenced the current athleisure craze.