The big four fashion capitals have just wrapped up SS’20, yet the season is far from over. Following an intense month, industry insiders are heading halfway across the globe to catch a fresh wave of shows and events in Shanghai, eager to tap Chinese talent with novel perspectives.
Once young and budding labels like Shushu/Tong, Xiao Li, and Sankuanz have now matured and taken international flight, making way for a promising new generation of designers keen to follow in their footsteps.
Below, ORDRE picks the up-and-coming Chinese designers who should be on your radar.
Since launching in 2017, Chinese-born Antwerp-based designer Shuting Qiu has turned industry heads with her loud and experimental collections. International buyers have been quick to share their praise for the designer’s deconstructed silhouettes, rich hues and clashing floral prints, including Brown’s buying director Ida Peterssen who was thrilled to see the label debut at Milan Fashion Week for SS’20.
Runway show: 12th October, 2pm at East Bund Mingsheng Wharf.
Only two years in the making, designer Shasha Wong established her cutting-edge knitwear label Swaying after graduating from London’s prestigious Royal College of Art. With a focus on delicate details and innovative techniques, Wong brings a sense of sophisticated cool to traditional knitwear, creating elevated styles fit for any modern wardrobe. This season the label is supported by emerging designer platform Labelhood, and world renowned retailer Lane Crawford.
Runway show: 13th October, 6pm at East Bund Mingsheng Wharf.
Andrea Jiapei Li
A 2015 LVMH Prize nominee, New York-based Andrea Jiapei Li is making waves across continents; leading retailers like Hong Kong’s I.T and H.Lorenzo in the US are now major stockists. Playing on futurism and ‘60s minimalist retro references, Li presents unexpected silhouettes that are sporty yet elegant.
Find her SS’20 collection throughout SHFW at NOT Showroom.
Samuel Guì Yang
Adept at exploring fine art influences and the human form, Chinese-born London-based designer Samuel Guì Yang fuses Chinese charm with strong tailoring to create ultra modern silhouettes. Yang founded his namesake label in 2015 and after debuting his SS’17 collection at Milan Fashion Week, the brand landed numerous global stockists including Browns and Machine-A in London.
See Yang’s latest collection throughout the event at NOT Showroom.