LFW AW14: Apu Jan

Channelling the theme of Turbulence, Apu Jan showcased his latest collection for London Fashion Week at Freemasons hall last Sunday. The Taiwanese designer conveyed this by producing a compilation that mixed both the staple, everyday item with an infrequent splash of colour, or a detailed print that collectively, summarised chaos thrust upon the monotony of everyday life.

Like Apu Jan’s SS13 collection, there were strong themes of Asian and Western juxtaposition, representing the designers own personal background and style. Featuring an oversized, modern version of a kimono and references to the traditional Chinese dress qipao: Jan’s collection incorporated high necklines, mandarin collars and bold V-neck wrap dresses. Together, with the western colour scheme of monochrome combined with subtle hues of pine green and teal, atypical of vivid oriental colour palettes.

The AW14 collection featured an array of different textures, including Jan’s signature style of traditional Taiwanese knitting, which was fashioned together to bring shape and movement to the garments. Including a variety of techniques such as twisting the material on itself, transforming the fabric into several unique looks.

Apu Jan collaborated with print designer Ying Wu and together, they produced a collection based on simplicity and fine detailing. With a strong theme of nature evident throughout the show, the pair focused on creating prints that showcased the natural elements, using intricate patterns to portray snowflakes and water ripples. A majority of the models wore either knitted or printed, oversized sun hats that hung loosely creating the impression of draping tulips.

The collection depicted the life of the modern 21st century woman, balancing every opportunity and persevering through the turbulence of life. It was an insight into the Asian heritage of Apu Jan and his love for uniting both the West with the East.


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by Emma Walsh

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