Apu Jan’s A/W13 Collection proved that as a designer he is definitely not lacking in professionalism. His ‘Petroleum’ collection was highly well thought out and technically executed, allowing the Royal College of Art graduate to create a name for himself.

As his second collection, there was a lot inquisition as to whether this collection would be as modern and structural. Brought to the catwalk today was an amalgamation of interesting knitwear that stayed true to his unique aesthetic.  SS14 allowed Apu Jan to showcase ‘Signals’. The manner in which signals affect our daily lives directly as well as subconsciously is the inspiration behind this collection.

Over-sized crocheted hats spoke for themselves as the standout accessory worn by almost all models, and those that did not sport the hat fashioned gelled down hat-hair. Slitted dresses and skirts created a fluid approach to the silhouette and delicately cut capes and bulky multiple-soled shoes formed a juxtaposition of romanticism with deeper hidden signals.

 Floral prints, created by collaborator and fellow Royal College of Arts graduate Wu Ting, coral shades and silk skirts played with a feminine, oriental guise that is typical of the Taiwanese designer.

With music created and inspired by Apu Jan’s SS14 collection playing as the soundtrack- this show was a charming and unique display of his work. 

Emily Black, Contributing writer, @emilyy_black 
Photography by Jean-Luc Brouard @jeanlucbrouard
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