This season Freemasons Hall saw the return of Chinese designer, Ji Cheng. Her AW13 Collection ‘Koi’s Whisper’ takes inspiration from the Asian koi carp who’s movements are said to resonate beauty, calm and elegance in classic Asian folk tales.

The collection showcases a combination of multi-faceted textured layers and juxtapositioned fabrics; demonstrated through pieces which include an oriental inspired kimono-esq twin set, a flute sleeved thick wool black coat, a leather collared, silk textured blazer, a soft wool and fine pleated dress and the piece de resistance - a strikingly elegant black layered fishtail silk dress. The colour scheme progressed from black to emerald green, ivory and burgundy resonate of the carp.

The ethereal models wore their hair gelled into a twisted braid further enhancing the aquatic inspiration from which the collection was born. Overall the designs were distinctive of Cheng’s tailored precision whilst being most wearable.


Text by Brooke McCord (@BrookeMcCord)
Images by Kris Elliott (@KrisElliott)

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