5 Pretty And Punk Chinese Designers You Need To Know
Never ending fashion weeks (because, friendly fashion reminder, there are more cities on planet earth than New York City, London, Paris, and Milan) can be a mess to keep up with. Tokyo and Seoul recently wrapped, and the Western fashion world finally caught on to their greatness. But we’re here to clue you in on Shenzhen Fashion Week, the major city that links Hong Kong with mainland China. Their second fashion week ever recently wrapped, and we were slayed/very impressed. It was a struggle to round up our five favorite highlights from the week, but here goes. You’re welcome.
The Classy Goths of Marisfrolg
Marisfrolg are Shenzhen fashion world royalty. They’d fit nicely on an Opening Ceremony rack, but not in the Jeremy Scott/Hood By Air section–They’re seemingly targeting the Stella McCartney woman, with a side of The Row. Last year, they nabbed the in-demand Soo Joo Park to open their show, which gave us major Posh Spice-shopping-on-Fifth-Avenue on a cool autumn day vibes, so they’re definitely doing something right. This year, they stuck with the aforementioned aesthetic, but it came with a punch–and perhaps a few Comme Des Garçons and Issey Miyake circa 1980s-inspired moments. Sweet eye-candy highlights: that posh but playful charcoal trench, a simple sheer turtleneck paired with a quirky (hot pink/neon plum coloured fur/floral print) skirt. Their styling/glam game was also on posh point: there was the natural makeup thing and a casually pinned side hair part; flats with socks and a singular statement earring. Slay ’em with simplicity.
Dark Duds at ODBO
Goth glam line ODBO rocked out with a shadowy showing last year, so the return of the severe fog machines and industrial rock soundtrack in on-brand form was no surprise. As for the dark duds, they were once again witchy but wearable, particularly the women’s outerwear. See also: the oversized wrinkled collared bomber replete with metallic silver embellishments, which may or may not have been teardrops. ODBO also really knows how to do an American Horror Story: Coven-friendly hood/hat. On that note, special shout out to the model with the blown out crimped ginger locks–Myrtle “Balenciagaaaa!” Snow reference, anyone?
Shelley Duvall style at Y-VISON-HOMME
Things got wonderfully weird at Y-VISON-HOMME, like a yummy Nicopanda and Simone Rocha sartorial smoothie. Other I-swear-I’m-not-high interpretations: a punch-drunk Audrey Hepburn (those massive costume pearl necklaces) discovered the (tired or timeless, depending on one’s opinion) gelled baby hair craze and then went to a Candy Land-meets-Grease-themed prom–they were really into a big bell sleeve and a ruffle this season. I also thought of iconic Shelley Duvall as Little Bo Beep in Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme. If you haven’t seen this gem, which also stars Little Richard clad in a pink wig/pink everything, now is the time! .
Cleaned Up Bikers at JTK ZHENG
Another SZFW designer with a penchant for the zany is JTK ZHENG. Insert Marilyn Manson roaring his “Sweet Dreams” cover on loop whilst models, many with disheveled locks and strung out eyes, pumped the moody catwalk in lots of leather/maybe pleather (an immaculate trench, a floppy bucket hat, keychain-ish guns dangling from biker jackets/gun temp tattoos). Pairing the classic houndstooth pattern with the aforementioned punk elements was a nice head-turning touch. Maybe the inspiration was biker gangs applying for office jobs, or something.
Hot Topic Heaven at I LOVE PRETTY
I LOVE PRETTY’s kind of pretty includes chunky chokers, midriffs, a dark lip/gelled middle part combos and the eccentric etcetera. Charli XCX would be a great brand ambassador. There was a lot to love, like a tulle deep v-neck midriff. Yes, that’s a thing. An off the shoulder, flared long-sleeve shirt may sound vilely atrocious, but it was simultaneously punk and pretty. In other words, someone get VFILES on the line for a Hot Topic collab ASAP. I’d love.
All images courtesy of Shenzhen Fashion Week.
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