Cindy Wei Zhang’s collection, titled “Once Upon a Moment,” was every bit as dreamy as the name might imply but still easy to imagine wearing out to a charity lunch or formal dinner.
Zhang began designing the collection looking to use prints from a Chinese artist on her satin, organza and chiffon creations. However, in her research, she found the Chinese novel “Journey to the West” about Buddhist monk Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to central Asia and India, detailing his hardships and struggles. The designer aimed to tell the continuation of that journey, and even her own ups and downs in creating the collection, through the clothes. Zhang and her team shot the spring look book on the periphery of the Gobi Desert and while out there, lost power for three days and there was no water. It was “quite an experience,” the designer said.
What she sent down the runway was a thoughtful, well-edited mix of dresses, pencil skirts, peplum blouses and a dress with bell-shaped sleeves where the prints were the stars and balance was attained. Minidresses were offset with puffy short sleeves, while pencil skirts were paired with fluttery chiffon tops for an elegance mixed with eclectic qualities. The designer relied on ivory, royal blue and light blue for the collection, which could easily translate from day to night. Zhang said her label is a nod to women who are “confident and independent.”