“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Kate Uebermodel Moss
Well then, here I serve you the perfect equilibrium where fashion and food meet: pure fusion cuisine a la Elsbeth, with a China fashion kick. Every so often, I will add a few hearty bites (I don’t do sweets, though I do have a penchant for sour gummiworms, but that’s neither here nor there right now) to this design circle, the members of which I shall slowly braise into a full five course meal (meaning of this rather complicated-by-me construction: “tell their individual style stories at full length”) at a later point — according to my palette du jour (if present at all — joke). It’s just two delightful degustives here today.
In the not-too-distant future, we got some menswear, some womens-overalls, some freshly squeezed saucy minxes (i.e. lingerie design) and so the menu goes on. And let’s face it, the Chinese are all about their food (whatever your personal opinion of that may be).
Yilin Lu (of YUMUMU):
This Shanghai-based 80后 (born after 1980, when the very high populatory hemlines, if you will, were installed across the Mainland) Singaporean is, in her own words (NOT mine, beating the omnipresent finger waggers to the punch here), “as confused as the city-state she hails from” (or as any given city-state would be, basically). This confusion translates into that je-ne-sais-quoi experimental playfulness as displayed in her designs.
Yet confusion need not necessarily be a designer’s downfall; in Lu’s case, it has made her spread her natural fabrics and fly out to all corners of women’s fashion, leaving no stylestone unturned, in pursuit of that perfect fit. In sum: Texture meets Tactility (质感, my little Chinese-reading monkeys, others: Nciku.com — a little no-shame-whatsoever-promo).
Lina (of OUTSIDER):
Beijing-based yet Northeast-bred textile-focused menswear with a gentle flair (gentle, not feminine) design. A devotee to “using your own understanding of fabric in design”, a property she hailed Uma Wang for in the latter’s previous collections, she takes a no-fussydetailed-nonsense approach to design, favoring crispy consistent catwalk silhouettes with ever-changing texture and textile.
Holding a needle for China’s Ming Dynasty (1368-1644, for those wildly wondering) “fluent” (柔和) architecture and Republican (1912-1949) era harmonic 1930s-Europe-meets-Asia (think Zhang Yimou’s “Shanghai Triad”— check out Gong Li in it either way, that woman is sooo fetch) fashion, Lina strongly believes that despite any gap in time, past design in any form influence current and future collections. It’s flowingly circular, not sharply cut on the bias.
That’s all for now, folks, and I shall leave you with some fashion-wisdom from an imperial fashion guru (and my personal No.1):
“Too much good taste can be boring.” Diana Vreeland
Do chew on that.