Fashion brand SHANG XIA presented the Spring Summer 2023 Collection, with a show held on September 29th during the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. For the season, designer Yang Li presents a romantic statement of postmodern chinese beauty. The intrinsic dichotomy of Shang Xia lives and breathes throughout, exemplified by simplicity and adornment, structure and flow, matte and shine, colour and negative space.
Millenia of craft are distilled in unprecedented expressions of lore, evolving notions of chinese style for a new generation. Framed by a tableaux of digital watercolour. ‘Scrolls’, the collection navigates new terrain – fusing classical and technical fabrications in ergonomic silhouettes. Bathed in iced aquarelle shades, the season sublimates archetypes with precious ceremony, tricking the eye but never the hand. Ultralight jersey is manipulated in exquisite layered drapery or coated as waterproof tailoring, exemplified as the Shang Xia 4-pocket mandarin jacket and slim lapelled coats. – from Shang Xia
Drawing talismanic inspirations from the natural world, shifts and aprons in calfskin are inlaid with intarsia pebble motifs in nappa or raffia, as the han dynasty practice of paper-cutting is mimicked in laser-cut petal motifs and the 2023 lunar rabbit illustrated by Chen Fen Wan. Planing ancient crafts with a sharp modernity, lacquer work and weaving techniques are reflected in glazed lace and sichuan bamboo raffia, coated or fringed. Traditional manchu platforms are subverted with Shang Xia bubble heels, rong hua velvet brooches bloom as pastel chrysanthemums, and cone stud punk bracelets are shaped in soft marble and jade. – from Shang Xia