I was blown away by Huishan Zhang’s presentation at LFW. Think 1960s perfection teamed with Piet Mondrian’s ‘Compositions II in red, blue and yellow’ painting with some bonus sparkles.
Born in China and a graduate of Central Saint Martins with experience at Dior couture, Huishan’s signature style is ‘Chinese tradition meets western influence and modernity’. Huishan’s recent collections have featured his trademark piece. “The cheongsam dress is a recurring piece in my collections. I think it embodies everything that is sexy and feminine about the Chinese culture and tradition, yet it remains very adaptable to Western society and easy to embellish with a modern twist each season,” he told LFW.
Yes there were 1960s-inspired shift dresses, A-line swing coats and geometric shapes, but they looked super fresh, which was surprising given their retro shapes and arty influences from one of modern art’s most famous painters. The Mondrian-esque black lines separated panels of exquisite lace, which was not in the least minimalist with accompaniments of sugary pinks, power blues and panels of sparkling crystals. But everything was meticulously placed, balanced and somehow restrained. I adored the grey lazer-cut coat and will be attempting to re-create the beauty look at home…in vain I’m sure!
Pics: Sarah for Snap Fashion (feeling smug)