​meet china’s bright young designers, the future belongs to them!

We headed to Beijing during China Fashion Week to meet the young designers putting it on the fashion map.

by Felicity Kinsella
09 December 2015, 12:22am

Cities outside of the fashion industry's go-to four-point map (New York, Paris, Milan and London) have slowly but surely been finding their feet in the international fashion playground. In Seoul designers are drawing on their expertise in technology and K-Pop to get them noticed; São Paulo Fashion Week's 20th anniversary celebrations made it out of Brazil and into the pages of the glossies; and China's young designers are showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship that make them so covetable. Established in 1997 and becoming part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in 2011, China Fashion Week and the talent it boasts made it onto our radar, and we headed to Beijing to source out its finest designers. Take a peek inside China Fashion Week…

D.CNTEX Shiyong Li

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Vega Zaishi Wang

Vega Zaishi Wang, Liaoning Province

What is your background in fashion design?
I moved to England when I was 15 and did a foundation in art and design at Chichester college. After those two years I moved to London and tried graphic design, but I found it boring and wanted to discover design and the art of making something properly and by myself. I did a foundation course at LCF and then went on to CSM for three years. Upon my graduation I worked as an intern during the summer and since then have received a generous sponsorship from a Chinese company that I met in London, which helped launch me into what I have now.

Tell us a bit about your latest collection…
My inspiration came from personal experience combined with a love for Virginia Woolf. I'm unable to actually read her books but I'm completely in love with her as a woman. I watched a film about her and really connected to her as a character. I was going through a bit of a tough time in my own life and felt over-worked and under pressure. This was the first time I used a person as inspiration, but felt that Virginia Woolf's character was actually the type of woman I design for, my muse is wise and independent and that's what I see in Woolf. The way Woolf died was sad but it was as though she relieved herself of everything. I reflected this in the colours of the collection, with navy in the beginning, followed by reds and checks at the end. The music of the show also followed this theme, I started with soft flowing music and ended with heavy rock.

Vega Zaishi Wang

Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
Tilda Swinton, she's forever beautiful... her and David Bowie share something that I adore.

How is China Fashion Week different to the fashion weeks of Paris, Milan, London and New York?
Everything has changed in China since 2008. People are no longer spending their money on food only, now there is money for lifestyle and people are learning about taste. People are starting to understand real design. I think for fashion here -- compared to Europe -- the gap will get smaller and smaller each year. 50 years ago Chinese people wore uniforms, everything was one colour. There was a huge gap in our history, and now China has started to improve, I feel creativity can really help change China. This is why after I graduated I came back here -- only this country could have let me grow as fast as I have. In my opinion, European countries don't have this type of room to grow, there's so much room to explore here. 


Rosemoo Li

Rosemoo Li, Beijing

What is your background in fashion design?
I graduated from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2010.

Tell us a bit about your latest collection…
My latest collection continues the previous season's Wabi Sabi theme. I started by searching for inspiration in our daily lives. I chose to work with more oversized and loose fits for this collection's silhouette, and for the fabric I chose something organic and natural as well as soft and light. The colour palette is very pale and neutral.

Who would you love to see wearing your clothes?
I don't have a specific person that I'd like to see wearing my designs, I just want any woman that wears my garments to feel as confident and elegant as any celebrity would.

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Vega Zaishi Wang

Rico Manchit Au, Canton

What is your background in fashion design?
I graduated from Istituto Marangoni Milan, and started my fashion label RICOSTRU in 2011.

Tell us a bit about your latest collection…
The spring/summer 16 collection is named as "Tasty Breath". RICOSTRU derives "breath" as a clue from our surrounding life forms. The plants in our studio became our inspiration. We picked leather, nets and protective films as the key textures in this season. "Breath" runs through the whole collection.

Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
Independent-minded females who love art and life.

How has China fashion week progressed over the last few years?
China fashion week has received more and more attention, and it becomes more and more focused on fashion professionalism and visual effects.


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Text Felicity Kinsella
Photography Scarlett Casciello-Rogers

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