Fashion Shenzhen took to the Studio at Lincoln Center to present 2 collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion week- Ellassay and Deng Hao. The city of Shenzhen is China’s fashion capital, being the home to over 800 brands. The city attracts very talented designers, and the fashion business is flourishing here. The collections presented at fashion week were a testament to Chinese fashion brands.
The Ellassay brand was the first of the evening to send its spring 2014 collection down the runway. I was highly impressed with the collection and can see it in the wardrobe of many New York women. The collection started off with a simple color palette of blacks and whites and transitioned into pale pastels, perfect for the spring season. The collection was filled with cigarette pants, tailored blazers, silk tops, and outerwear. The brand gets its inspiration from the Champs Elysee in Paris and France as a whole. This aesthetic is very evident as the design consultant, Jean Paul Knott, lead product R&D as YSL for 12 years. This brand is definitely one to check out and keep an eye on!
The lights dimmed, the music transitioned, and so did the fashion. The beautifully intricate dresses of Deng Hao began to descend down the runway. Most pieces are crated from knitted and woven fabrics, mixing reds and greens. There are no limitation in the designer’s use of colors and patterns. Much of Deng Hao’s inspiration comes from architecture, with the flower being a key element to most of the designs. These dresses were truly pieces of art on the runway. The last dress to go down the runway with its large skirt, was an absolute show stopper. It received an ovation when the model turned at the end of the runway.
Photos: Wes Holland