China Fashion Week has come a long way from its start up 17 years ago, with a key focus on homegrown designers in addition to well-known foreign designers now making headway. It’s difficult to avoid the rapid change in China’s fashion scene, in particular the cities in which fashion weeks are held. Designers are constantly developing and injecting new ideas and energy into the industry. This was particularly evident through the variety of shows and young innovative designers shown at this seasons China Fashion Week.
Held in the capital of Beijing, the Mercedes-Benz fashion week took to the sophisticated Beijing Hotel in addition to the 798 Art District, a thriving area consisting of a plethora of brick buildings and steel pipework that once were factories but have transformed into the workshops of Beijing artists and designers. Schön! photographer Scarlett Casciello went behind-the-scenes over the week for an exclusive insight into the energy backstage at China Fashion Week.
Tianjin Acadamy of Fine Arts graduate Ban Xiaoxue gave day two of China Fashion Week a taste of androgyny with his multilayered unisex garments. A pallet of deep reds and contrasting whites and blacks were chosen to highlight the asymmetrical skirts and transparent jackets that adorned the ghostly-faced models. Broad brim hats and shawls veiled the epicene faces of backstage, documented here by photographer Scarlett Casciello.
Undoubtedly a calming end to China Fashion Week, the 10+3 Remix collection gave off an air of elegance with Japanese inspired silhouettes, bare feet, and geometric patterns. The designer combined serenity with feminine modernity, with the use of wool, fur and silk.
A graphic collection inspired by the city of Beijing, Ekoko gave day five of China Fashion Week a fresh take on the relationship you might have with a city such as Beijing. Shapes of garments reflect the sharp angles of buildings, combined with 3D graphic prints of natural beauty. A real combination of textures, layers and black and greys tones were used to reflect the theme of the city.
A China Fashion Week favorite, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ended the week with a Star Wars inspired collection. Having already shown this season in London, Preen made the decision to show China what they were made of, with oversized Eskimo-style coats and Darth Vadar printed tops. Inspired by everything that came out of the late Seventies, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi brought together yet another standout day-to-evening collection, that showed practicality combined with modern glamour.
Words & Photography / Scarlett Casciello
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