• Text Cristian Burbano
  • 17th September 2018

brush strokes

“I prefer ‘slow.’ I like to think and convey feelings in a nuanced way. I lean to beauty with weirdness, softness, delicacy and sensibility” – read the show notes on Yuhan Wang’s debut LFW collection. The follow-up to her Central Saint Martins Graduate MA collection titled ‘Women Indoors’, here the Weihai-born, London-based designer once again looked to her Chinese heritage as inspiration.

Traditional Asian dress codes came fused with western tropes including bias cuts, semi sheer jersey print and slender sleeves, while the work of Qing dynasty-era artist Gai Qi and his portraits of women also served as inspiration, with the artist’s fluid brush strokes, minimalist expression and draping imagery evident in the designer’s own works.

Elsewhere there was a nod to Regency femininity through oversized cartwheel hats rendered from a wire frame and semi-translucent jersey, while Wang’s delicate hand drawn illustrations of the chrysanthemum flower also adorned dresses as all over prints.