Shanghai Fashion Week is underway, and here is a look at some of the best shows of the first few days.
Shanghai-born designer CJ Yao backed up her impressive debut at her hometown fashion week in September 2014 with a commercially appealing fall collection.
The palette didn’t stray far from traditional autumnal tones, with shades of green, burgundy and gray punctuated with flashes of cornflower blue.
Once again, leather was a preferred accent for the young designer, paired with oversized knits and knee length fit-and-flare skirts, as well as pants in both wide and straight leg cuts. The outerwear was a highlight, with deconstructed half jackets sitting jauntily on one shoulder, and coats separated into two pieces, joined at the back with multiple buckled leather straps.
A markedly European neo-romanticism permeated this collection from Central Saint Martins graduate Dido Liu. Louche silhouettes and complex draping were twin themes. Heavier looks, made up of layers of velvet and stiff collared jacquard coats were juxtaposed with lighter dresses and tunics in patterned silk, often left un-hemmed. Pants came wide-legged in multiple lengths but it was the embroidered and jacquard outerwear that proved to be the highlight.
Beijing-born designer Zhang Na’s Shanghai-based label Fake Natoo held one of the most anticipated shows of Shanghai Fashion Week. The first looks were some of the strongest, with a series of forest green dresses, separates and outwear featuring dramatic layers of fabric, oversized hoods and prominent buttons. Other highlights included block-colored long dresses in cashmere and velvet, as well as a men’s wear-inspired line of pinstripe suits in mix and match-able layers.
This Shanghai-based men’s wear brand’s creative director George Chen is a graduate of the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, where he developed his taste for clean tailoring with a twist. This season that twist came from leather straps and accents on a number of jackets and vests, as well as dragonfly embroidery on the back of a single-breasted, two button burgundy coat. Fur also made an appearance, accentuating contrast pockets on a double-breasted pea coat, or paired with leather on an asymmetrical vest.