SUBTLETY, SHENZHEN AND SCI-FI WITH LUNYEE
For SS19, brand Lunyee are bringing their inimitable aesthetic honed by their experiences in London and from their cultural upbringing in China to the Fashion Scout schedule. Taking inspiration from the 'Chinese boomtown Shenzhen', the studio have combined the traditional heritage of the city with the future and modern identity of their home.
We caught up with the design studio, led by Saini Chan and Sophie Han, to hear more about what they hope to communicate through this collection, why the rebellion of youth has inspired their silhouettes and the art of subtle cuts.
What has inspired your Spring Summer 2019 collection?
Inspired by the Chinese boomtown Shenzhen where LUNYEE come from. Also known for its transformation from a tiny fishing village into a vast technological metropolis - Lunyee’s SS19 collection encapsulates modernity and future possibilities from a youthful perspective.
How do you stay inspired?
Shenzhen is a place where grand ambitions can be realised so it is easy to understand why the gaze of Lunyee is aimed forward. Within the collection, a vast range of materials from PVC to acrylic evoke a futuristic aesthetic featuring rigid sunglasses, oversized garments and hoods that envelope the wearer.
What themes and concepts are you exploring this season?
Despite a sci-fi approach to streetwear, a sense of history still resonates within this youth-led collection. The shape of hats and use of nets nod to the fisherman that laid the groundwork for Shenzhen while the European street-style that has inspired China’s fashion scene can be seen through some rebellious blends, cuts and detailing, including: oversized pockets, exposed midriff and space within traditional dresses that subtly display other parts of the body.
Themes of sustainability, diversity and inclusivity are permeating the industry. What changes would you like to make through your work?
This seasons we increase our looks to 60s including both menswear and womenswear. Through this we hope to make our designs more diversity.
What shall we look out for at your SS19 show?
Traditional Chinese patterns, techniques and fabrics including lace and woven satin amongst hand knitted wire and wool can be found amongst modern materials including PVC and denim. A key piece in the collection fuses together technology and heritage – a bag that uses LED lights to reveal intricate Chinese patterns.