Ming’s SS15 Fashion Scout presentation of his collection 'Epilogue' showcases a lesson in both juxtaposition and performance art. Ming’s stunning spectacle began with pianist, Rickie-Lee Cooper, taking to a piano positioned in the centre of the vestibule as he set the tone for the collection with music which encompassed feelings of both soft fragility and high drama.
Models began to emerge to a scene of fallen flowers amid concrete blocks. Inspired by ‘Never Let me Go’, a novel by Japanese born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, Ming explores the contrasting notions of the gentleness of love against the harsh nature of death and the limitations of time. Ming’s scene of derelict beauty becomes the perfect backdrop for a collection which layers raw edged leather and cotton with soft sheer fabrics and more feminine ruffled detailing. Silhouettes are cut open creating a balance between structure and fluidity. Details are constructed including giant leather pockets and knotted tasselling feature heavily throughout and provide elements of organic form which juxtapose with straight tailored cuts.
The inevitability of life and death is central to 'Epilogue' and each detail throughout the collection is contrasted with an opposing emotion. A muted colour palette of white, aqua, grey and black tones adds an almost sombre and still feel to proceedings as Ming highlights the fragility of humanity and the ever changing nature of life throughout his collection.
By Charlotte Muscat, (@CharlotteLM9).
Photos by Kathryn Younger.