It was with pure atmosphere that Fashion Scout Merit Award winner Yifang Wan's AW13 show began. Entitled 'Limits of the Body and Possibilities of the Mind', it was inspired by the extreme self-restraint and austerity of an ascetic life.
Building on her signature aesthetic of linear and original design whilst exploring new ground, blacks, violets, emeralds and indigos of the finest fabrics appeared. Overcoats, full length dresses, tailored trouser and tunics all comprised a part of the collection as models walked architectural pieces focused on form, fabric and texture. Metallic stainless steel belts, necklaces and cuffs brought to a sharp point reenforced the sharp cuts of the garments and only served in increasing that atmosphere as the show progressed.
Beautifully cut and uncompromising in precision, Yifang Wan's AW13 collection was uncomplicated, utterly memorable and proved exactly why she was awarded this season's Merit Award winner.
Words by Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Images by Max Barnett (@MaxBarnettPhoto)