Venture: LFW recap – Huishan Zhang Autumn / Winter 2015

With the Chinese New Year vibes still injecting buzz into the city, the just gone LFW and the opening of Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend yesterday, February is a busy month in the capital.

We think it all goes a little bit too quickly though. So to recap some of the key events of the month, we’ve decided to appreciate some sartorial talent from China. Born in Qingdao, China, Huishan Zhang is now London based. Majoring in Pattern Design at the prestigious UAL:Central Saint Martins, like his fellow graduates, Zhang is already more than clued up on his USP, combining the quality and craftsmanship of Western fashion, with the richness of China’s vast history and culture.

Zhang has become a regular at London Fashion Week since his S/S debut back in 2012, where he showcased meticulously fashioned lace, set in front of playful, feminine silk silhouettes. His shows are rooted in culture, with previous collections pointing to inspiration from New Year, though we think he may find it a tough task to make the this year’s Ram a sexy subject?

He’s had experience in the House of Dior, graced the pages of publications including VOGUE UK, VOGUE CHINA, Harpers Bazaar, WALLPAPER* and many more, and recently gained a Swarovski sponsorship, so no shortage of accolades.

We’re even more excited about the A/W15 collection however, which may be his strongest yet. Always true to his signature lace panelling, this collection sees him combine this detailing with a departure in a new direction, drawing inspiration from the wide leg silhouettes and print psychedelia of the 70s. Bohemian fabric textures, obligatory crocheting and tweeds, and romantic flowing dresses prevail, all evoking a 70s nostalgia that’s cleverly offset by a striking red and black colour palette and the odd pair of PVC tights! Honestly, what’s not to love?