LFW: Huishan Zhang AW14 / by Georgina Yates

Chinese-born designer Huishan Zhang introduces his stunning AW14 collection with a presentation at The Dorchester Hotel. Zhang is accustomed to displaying his exquisite work in this exhibition setting, being the first Chinese contemporary designer to hold a permanent display in the T.T. Tsui Gallery of London's V&A Museum.
By  choosing to showcase his new work in this manner, the highly detailed nature of his textiles can be fully appreciated. Zhang’s AW14 woman is feminine and effortlessly graceful. Intricate embroidery, lace, velvet, and diamante details feature prominently in the collection and are used in a palette of black, white, pink, blue and metallic gold. A recurring motif is a floral design, which is sewn across sheer black chiffon and white velvet. Floral print, over-the-knee stockings in cream and black feature too, serving to emphasise the feminine appeal of this range.
Stand out pieces are a striking metallic gold oversized coat and a black lace cocktail dress, embroidered with a floral motif, nipped in at the waist and adorned by a glinting diamante belt. The models’ eye make-up is smoky and their hair is down in a natural ‘shabby chic’ style, which again adheres to the ‘effortlessly elegant’ theme. Stood on white boxes in a marble, low-ceiling room and dressed in such ornate lace, the models resemble beautiful china dolls that are to be admired, but not touched.
The collection is breath-taking; and, what’s more, it is extremely wearable. Huishan Zhang’s AW14 collection has left me dreaming of a Zhang garment to call my own.
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