Fashion brand SHUTING QIU presented the Spring Summer 2023 Collection with a presentation held during the ongoing Milan Fashion Week. For the As a butterfly chasing the sun collection, the brand was inspired by the colorful and technical works of french painter Bernard Frize. The collection is filled with asymmetry and experimentation in silhouettes, a rigorous and original approach to fabrics, intricate embroideries, and juxtapositions of linear and floral prints. Merging modern art with traditional craftsmanship, Shuting Qui pays homage to Bernard Frize’s “abstract expressionism and color field painting” while continuing to celebrate playful romanticism, color and craftmanship.
Frize views painting as a search for an agreement between “nature”, a viewer and a flat surface. Shuting mimics that viewpoint in her collection; her technical exercises capture the attention while she introduces nature with the frame of a dreamy spring garden. The collection, in a color palette of light green, light blue and pinks, expands on the designer’s signature tailoring to incorporate sportwear and swimwear. The designer collaborated with Swarovski in reusing leftovers crystals and stones to create flower and butterfly shaped bright sequin embroideries and embellish garments and accessories such as a new playful flower shaped bags with colorful beads. In a new take on her ongoing collaboration with UGGS, the classic boot is now wedged with an ombre sole, decorated with gradient-dyed faux fur, and embellished with artisanally crafted floral beads (inspired by her hometown of Hangzhou). – from Shuting Qiu