BACKSTAGE| Yifang Wan S/S13

Winner of the L'oréal Profressionnel Young Designer of the Year award, Yifang Wan is preparing for her final run through backstage. Having graduated in 2012 completing her MA at Central Saint Martins, Yifang looks likely to follow in her previous classmates momentous fashion footsteps; the atmosphere was bustling.

Toni & Guy styled the models with straight, no-fuss hair with slightest effect giving the models an effortless look. The Body Shop make-up artists worked to achieve a muted look, with statement brows, soft smoked lower-lashes, and a heavily contoured cheekbones. During the application, models appeared relaxed, reading and passing the time in an otherwise fast paced environment. Yifang was calm, looking forward to the show with excitement overcoming anxiety; we spoke to her ahead of her Spring/ Summer showcase, and here's what she had to say:

What inspired your collection?
It’s a development from my final graduate collection which was inspired by martial arts.

How long did it take to make?
I’d say two hours on each garment to make and 2 months to prepare, I like it to be quick.

What’s next?
Nothing planned as yet, waiting for something to arrive.

An all black collection for Yifang, cementing her minimalist signature style, with attention to detail on the cuts. The aura surrounding the room was eclectic, the show was in full swing with most models prepped and ready. Just last minute fittings to take place for the final run through. Sophia Limo, one of the models participating commented on the anticipation before the show.

Are you looking forward to the show?
Yeah, really excitied, I have another show after this.

What do you think of the collection?
Stunning, simple but effective.

Text by Lora O'Callaghan
Images by Asia Werbel