In the past, in the floor of the Chinese International Fashion Week, the so-called Chinese wind shadow would always appear, the patterns of dragon, phoenix, and peony are existing everywhere, in particular on the expression of Chinese elements, these elements will float on the surface. But it is a surprise in this year’s Fashion Week that we have found that the symbolic expression finally restraint. In addition to the individual brands show the “tyrant gold” and “dragon mating phoenix”, those Chinese designers finally started to focus on the expression of the cultural connotation of Chinese elements. St. Martin’s students are embarrassed to use those traditional Chinese symbols to express their feeling toward China, and do you still have the nerve to tell others that you will take dragon mating phoenix to make Chinese culture flowed into the world’s fashion wind? If we really want to be famous among the world’s fashion show, we should do a lot rather than just show the traditional dragon and phoenix patterns. Because if we show these all the time, the foreigners will think that we have no ideas about fashion, we have no right to own the title of fashion winner.
Yu-Tao Wang used the theme of oriental “tea” to elaborate the fashion. In addition to the selection of pattern of the teapot, and so do the printing, the clothing, the color, as well as the shape of the clothes, they are all performed through the ideas of tea, there is nothing can be so rigid to sign to express, and the Eastern culture was slowly soaked into heart just like the tea. We all know that tea is the traditional element in our daily life. From the ancient time, the tea culture has become very popular around the world, but there are not so many designers will use this element to make a fashionable dress. It might because of that the color of the tea id green, which could not be too elegant or royal. In some designers’ minds, only dragons and phoenix can be the representatives of our Chinese culture.
In the Fashion Week, the season of Ji Wenbo released the theme called “willing”, and just from the name, I know that he wants to express the “sending” and “getting” spirit. In his works and the conference, although I do not see the obvious works with Chinese elements, they are full of Chinese flavor. For instance, he used silk, brocade cloth and so on, such representative fabrics in the design of the ancient Chinese clothing and excavation, we can feel the age in the past from the variety of collar structure. Ji Wenbo used ancient elements again to improve the innovation, and the designer added the collar zipper design, so it will embody a new expression, and they will pay attention to the shape. Perhaps this expression is more suitable for the Chinese designers to attend the international arena. In our Chinese culture, willing to give is one kind of beauty as the good virtues. And this designer adopts this as the main theme of the dress can show the temperaments of our Chinese people. And the design of this dress is really excellent.
Gao Yang’s Spring-Summer release in the Fashion Week 2014, with a new concept called “Zen” technology. Zen is the oriental philosophy of life and it is most advocated by the American Beat Generation, but they are all adopted by Gao Yang into the designs, while he also added embroideries in his design. Different from those brands promote Chinese elements, Gao Yang’s works are exhibited in the overall profile of a natural free and easy attitude, so even the traditional embroiders are joined, the whole feeling is still impressive. This point has been popular for a long time, some people who love Chinese traditional culture will know this well.
More and more ideas has been sprung, and we Chinese have much evidence to say that we have chased the fashion trend. While most designers have begun to explore some alternative ways to show the Chinese elements in the international expression, but some designers of some brands are still hard working on the picturing of dragons and phoenix. They think that only these two patterns can show the beauty of Chinese culture. I have to say that beauty is the kind of understanding in one’s own mind, if we really want to change the idea of the designer, we are wrong. We should also believe that if they really do this good, these clothes can also be very charming and full of Chinese elements. So if you enjoy Chinese culture, you can come to the fashion week to see the fashion trend about the Chinese dresses, which will be much different from what you have seen a lot of years ago.