Friday, 12 September 2014

COLLECTION| Ones To Watch SS15

Youjia Jin

Youjia Jin has become known for her mixture of sharp tailoring and pleated draping, which has earned her welcomed praise from top UK fashion publications, including Vogue and GQ. 

Her signature aesthetic has continued for SS15 with a showcase of white, grey and black.
Long, loose pieces were draped over cigarette pants, while styling was kept minimal.

White fabric bled into grey, akin to the dip-dyeing technique and all-black in billowing forms added an essence of brooding androgyny along with two toned brogues. Back collars on jackets and grey knitwear further cemented Jin vision for a strong, suave SS15 woman.

Min Wu

Min Wu has already developed a reputation for designing for exuberant women, with interlacing lines and fluid shapes forming Wu's technique in creating richly visual garments. 

With a penchant for garnering inspiration from technology and merging functional fabrics Wu's collection today intertwined the wearability of breathable sports material with PVC, offsetting the fabrics with sweet candy colours. 

Peach orange and blues were key colours for Wu this season, while ruffled detailing represented playfulness. Pinstripes and three-row headbands also added a linear element to her work. 

Cassandra Verity Green

This season Cassandra Verity Green collaborated on her SS15 collection with the knitting machinery company, Santoni Shanghai. Quite impressive for the young designer who only graduated from Central Saint Martins last year.

Green's outlandish designs are a direct embodiment of her ideals: that the wearer should have an experience with the clothes and that fashion therefore should not be taken too seriously.

This consensus was evident on today's catwalk with the theme of the aquatic. Sea waves were seen in detailing on legs and dresses accompanied by bold turquoise wigs. Swimwear pieces and use of transparent PVC, representing inevitable wetness, were an obvious nod to the theme, alongside leather trimmed round bags reminiscent of water bubbles.

Furthermore, the use of red and spiky detailing, which added depth to the Green's take on knitwear, were a clever take on the dangers and perils of sea creatures and unexplored territory.

Keiko Nishiyama

Ornate designs have become a staple of Keiko Nishiyama's work, with the 30-year old Tokyoite often drafting inspiration from delicate hand drawn prints.

This signature was evident in today's display which was reminiscent of fairy queens.

Highly intricate oriental floral and bird designs were the main feature in Nishiyama's collection, emblazoned throughout upon pleated capes, cigarette pants and long length dresses.

Models strode down the catwalk in shoes representing elfish footwear while headwear was also another focal point. Beautifully crafted bonnets were also displayed, although a closing headpiece decorated with shells, twigs and plaits was a marvellous construction. 

By Clarissa Waldron (@thisisclarissa)
Photos by Hugo Nogueira