This London Fashion Week season, I had the pleasure of attending the Designer Show Rooms event, stumbling upon the gem that is the designer JAMIE WEI HUANG. Unfortunately the image (due to the poor lighting conditions!) above isn't sufficient to capture the full theatricality and vividness of her work, one thing's for sure, this designer has a novel angle and has shown her versatility throughout her budding career so far.
I've been a fan for some time, having been in love with her philosophical, light and delicate METAPHYSICS SS15 collection, and also impressed with the dark and intrigue of the NYMPHOMANIAC AW15 collection. The designer has been featured and recognised by various platforms, including VOGUE, for her distinct and edgy style. Her newest AW16 collection, LILY, is a satirical take on the post-war depressive economy. It deals with the interlocking and opposed interests of the different classes, as well as reevaluates the traditional ideals of femininity and elegance.
You can see some influences from the period, including colour block and stripes, feminine touches such as bows; as well as the emphasis on androgynous forms, with wide fit items and more linear tailoring. The variety of textures in particular struck me; the knits, leather and denim, for example, work in unison but also could be said to clash, but there is a cohesive narrative overall. In particular, I love her bags, which combine knit and leather. They are beautiful, attention grabbing pieces which behold significant meaning, but can go well with any understated outfit.
Many thanks to Selina Lau for the first two images from the showrooms!