- Francesco Lo Iacono
XU ZHI AW18
Updated: Aug 11, 2021
It's that time of the year...again! It's London Fashion Week! I feel like menswear season ended its run just a few days ago, and here we go already for another womenswear season.
On the first day of London Fashion Week, I had the chance to attend several shows (more illustrations and reports will come soon, hopefully), among them the lovely Xu Zhi AW18 Presentation, that took place at The Swiss Church.
The collection consisted of 12 looks and everything felt quite organic, introducing a concept of contemporary feminity. The whole collection is inspired by Jane Morris, longtime muse of painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. During his career, Gabriel Rossetti, painted Jane Morris with great intensity, often casting her in many mythological roles like Pandora, Proserpine, Astarte etc.
China-born and London-based fashion designer Xuzhi Chen is obsessed with Jane Morris. In a way, each model at the presentation felt like impersonating a different character. And each garment has been used by the designer as his personal canvas. Intricate textures and fresh volumes are quite peculiar of this collection, that can be fully appreciated live and closely.
For that reason, once again it was a bliss sketching live during a fashion show. Once again models were more than kind and I was also surprised to be approached by different people who were genuinely curious or interested in what I was doing. Looking forward to more shows to come, keep following me!