LFW AW14: Huishan Zhang

Chinese-born designer Huishan Zhang’s current collection for LFW AW14 was inspired by landscapes of China with a colour palette including monochromes, silver, blue, pink, red and one beige piece.

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Throughout the collection detailing was created with reflective sequins in varying colors and sizes lining cut out sections, pockets or sprinkled across different areas on the pieces.  Some repeat textures included velvet, lace and chiffon. Techniques included tight pleating, cut out sections, layering with some transparent bits to create a comfortable form fitting silhouette . The clothing was very unique displaying different patterns of flowers, mountain lines, and other ‘landscape’ inspired design.

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The models wore all black knee-high flower patterned tights with simple black or white pointed shoes.  The make-up consisted of a strong eye and neutral tones on the cheeks and lips. The models displayed an ambiance of elegance, and strong femininity. Zhang founded his label after graduating from Central Saint Martins, London  and is known for his designs fusing together Chinese and Western cultures.

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“The initial inspiration for the AW14 collection came from the landscapes of China. I’ve been exploring many different artist’s interpretations from traditional to modern, from Zhang Daqian to Roy Lichtenstein. And I found the real Chinese landscapes that are so unique, beautiful and very unknown outside China, like the Danxia landforms, particularly inspiring,” says Zhang.

 by Maegan Gregoire

All photos courtesy catwalking.com