After dozens of runway shows, presentations, performances, tradeshows, talks and boozy after-parties, here are some of the most memorable collections and designers we saw at this season’s Shanghai Fashion Week.
Established by Shanghai-based designers Lei Liushu and Jiang Yutong, SHUSHU/TONG’s newest collection is inspired by the female protagonist of the 1981 French-Japanese film, Les Fruits de la Passion, and aims to explore the struggle between freedom and suppression from a woman’s perspective.
Models with an icy look were all dressed in colorful pieces with floral patterns and loose silhouettes that take a cue from the Japanese traditional kimono, while thin leather straps around their chest and waist is a symbol of trying to break free from the norm. This was a show where the clothes, music and the backdrop of the presentation – an elegant Chinese-inspired living room – were married together in the best way possible.
Known for her minimalistic, androgynous designs, Mushroom Song’s newest collection for WMWM continues to feature oversized silhouettes in various streetwear pieces, but unlike her previous collections where understated colors like black, white, beige and grey take center stage, Song has added a bright and cheerful dash of light blue into the mix, as well as incorporating checkered patterns to lighten the mood for spring and summer.
With ‘Just Relax and Catch More Fish’ as the main theme of its SS2018 collection, designers Une Yea and Shimo Zhou of STAFFONLY decided to take their audience on a fishing expedition with their presentation. Combining the functionality of hi-tech fabrics with modern design, high-energy models sporting loose-fitting jumpsuits, vests, shirts, blazers and trousers bounced around the makeshift runway with fishing gear in hand and enjoyed a good time with the crowd.
Making clothes that reflect the ever-changing conditions of contemporary living has always been the ethos of FFIXXED STUDIOS, and for their SS2018 collection, designers Fiona Lau and Kain Picken draw inspirations from Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up to simplify and declutter on fancy details and put the focus of the collection back on the level of comfort. Flowery patterns are not part of the label’s repertoire this season, but what you’ll find are interesting pieces in different shades of brown and blue, draped and layered perfectly on top of one another and other basic essentials in black and white.
For YIRANTIAN’s SS2018 collection, the eponymous designer taps into her own upbringing to come up with the theme titled ‘Dame’ – adding a boyish element to create her ideal image of modern women. Sticking to using her signature striking lines and simple cut, she’s also added dashes of bright green and metallic gold in a series of coats, one-piece dresses and jewelry pieces to resonate the warmer days in spring, while light and semi-translucent materials soften the toughness of the models’ overall looks.