Judging from the variety offered at Fashion Shenzhen this year, Chinese designers are embracing every aesthetic. The show started with the clean, modern look at Ellassay. Demure hemlines, and cocoon silhouettes were streamlined and figure flattering, reduced to an almost monochromatic palette. A strong graphic check print dominated the show, appearing on matching skirt suits and belted trenches.
A sultry feminine collection by designer Ren Xin of Lizzy followed. Lace and crystal appliques on barely-there nude mesh delicately covered the body, a combination which immediately drew to mind the dazzling ensembles of figure skater, and simultaneously revealed and concealed the female form. Fitting bodices ended in sweeping fishtail hems, and sheer billowing skirts trailed out from beneath.
Perhaps the most memorable was Xie Haiping’s version of East-meets-West. Models donned voluminous gowns with traditional Chinese cloud motifs, complete with embroidered appliques reminiscent of koi fish scales. Printed in a palette of white and blue, dragons amidst swirling clouds evoked valuable Ming porcelain. The drama of Xie’s designs provided a wonderful conclusion to the Fashion Shenzhen showcase, which clearly highlighted the range of fashion talent in China today.
by Louise Lui