Yifang Wan’s effortlessly cool SS14 collection left everyone craving glittered blackout sunglasses in September, so today at Freemasons' Hall we were all eager to see what the young Central Saint Martins graduate was going to bring to the table.
An electric atmosphere was immediate as the show opened to Machine Gun by Portishead. Even though the models were not equipped with their glasses from last season, they definitely still had the tougher than nails attitude that is always expected from Wan's army.
A gorgeous palette of shimmering yale blue, lilac, dark teal, stone and black complimented each outfit perfectly. Each look was head-to-toe in the chosen colour, allowing attention to be drawn to the fabrics. Thick wools with rough edges provided the warmth needed for London’s winters, however sex appeal was not amiss with deep v-neck dips and side slits.
Wan's martial art influences were present again with slitted and pleated skirts, oversized jackets and asymmetric paneling. The impeccable tailoring behind each and every one of Yifangs collections enabled this collection to follow suit in being extremely covetable and desirable.
An interesting feature for AW14 was the use of strings draping from each outfit, whether it was from the chest, back or side each model left a trail as they walked behind them.
For AW13 Fashion Scout awarded Wan with the Merit Award for her simplistic and elegant aesthetic and a year later nothing seems to have changed.
By Emily Black, (@emilyy_black)
Images by Jamike Latif (@JamikeLatif)