It’s the first day of London Fashion Week and the showrooms are awash with new designers, all clawing at the chance to show their creations to some of the industry’s most powerful players.
First up for us is a moment with Wanbing Huang, a London-based womenswear designer, originally from Guangzhou, China. For her first showcase at LFW, Huang presents us with the SS18 collection dubbed ‘Memory Shards’, inspired by her very first memory of the world.
The clothes stand out, with various shades of blue – from shimmering dark teal to vibrant cobalt, with made from silk and polyester. Huang uses transparent weaving to create a shining aquatic quality with the purpose of achieving an alienated underwater feeling, with materials made in collaboration with Italian fabric makers.
Huang says: “The shapes and colour choices are inspired by water and its patterns, the ripples. In particular, I focused on the reflection of the light on the surface of the water and rays of light penetrating the sea. My previous mini collection, Beyond the Body, was an installation, an art project.”
Although this is the designer’s first venture at LFW, she has an impressive background. Following the release of her first collection, for which she used horesetail hair, 3D embroidery and ring lacing, she was invited to collaborate with Nike and its new shoe model, Vapormax. The artistic designs were featured in the sports brand’s global promotion short film and at an exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong.
Wanbing Huang is available to purchase online, as well as in the Dong Liang shop in Shanghai.