Fashion Shenzhen Catwalk Review
Joining the eager audience in Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Main Hall, I was adamant the show was going to be a wonder of culture clash and diversity. Whilst Haiping Xie presents elaborate, luxurious pieces, Ground Show aims to portray their respect for nature and love of life, with “romantic yet functional” designs.
The lights dimmed and a tribal drum beat startled me into concentration, as the first look graced the catwalk. With shoulder grazing gold earrings, Chinese Opera make-up and shimmering bangles the models were seen in breathtaking, glamorous gowns with a traditional twist. A native colour scheme was used ranging from black, gold, red and yellow. I was greeted with ‘New Woman’ silhouettes, mini dresses with long trains, midi length creations and dramatic halter neck gowns. I was impressed. There was something for everyone. The pieces included traditional Chinese dragon prints, sheer panelling, lace and even rope seams, all combined to create an exciting, modern but culturally traditional, appeal. Despite all this beauty, my focus was directed at the fabulous shoes - yellow or blue heels with black appliqué detail! The audience cooled down with Oriental Fans from their goody bags, as Xie himself took a well earned bow.
I watched the video playing above the runway in a sort of trance. The ‘South Seaside of China’ transported me directly into a different world, brimming with ethnic energy and presence.
Ground Show showcased a startlingly different collection, unexpected but positively received. A sea of neon brights, floral wellingtons, ruched jeans and striped dresses flowed by as the audience dreamt of strolling in the countryside. Dresses were gathered below the knee and layered over long sleeve tops, and harem style shapes also featured. The statement piece that particularly caught my eye was a woollen hat, with plaited tassels and pom poms, teamed with a jumper dress.
The two marvellous collections reinforced Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s enthusiasm in presenting Chinese designers to the international audience of London Fashion Week.
Words by Tess Stam
Images by Nicole Trundle