Monday 25 February 2013

London Fashion Week: Haizhen Wang rounds up Asia's triumph

Closing London Fashion Week has got to be a big honour. And that honour went this year to a rising Asian designer who has emerged on the fashion scene lately by winning the prestigious Fashion Fringe award last year.

This is Haizhen Wang, the Chinese-born designer who is fast making a name for himself in the industry.

Haizhen’s show was a treat and his stunning creations came as an appropriate end to this fashion week which saw a huge rise in emerging talent – one of the things that London has carved a reputation for.

The Central Saint Martins graduate’s collection was a mixture of textures, combined beautifully to create what I would call ‘casual luxe’ looks which are uber stylish and versatile.

I love the architectural cuts which use clever draping, asymmetry and details such as zips and contrast trims which have become Haizhen’s signature. The result is structural tailored looks which are strong and feminine.

With a dark winter-y palette of black, navy blue, grey and splashes of bright orange the pieces came together in mainly versatile separates which look bold, urban and chic.

One of my favourite pieces has to be the quilted and wool sleeveless vest which combines comfort and style.

All in all, Haizhen has shown a great skill in creative tailoring – especially with the folding details and multi-faceted dimensions - and an eye for proportions which have just enough edge to be worn over a dress or with a pair of denim.

Here are some of the amazing looks which saw out LFW in amazing style.