Xinhua Silk Road: Exotic 2020 China International Fashion Week, Part 1

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Designer Laurence Xu injects drama, elegance and 5000 years of Chinese cultural history into his fantastic garments.

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Guo Pei is China’s renowned queen of couture. She presented her S/S 2020 Couture Collection during International Fashion Week. The event, jointly hosted by the Asian Couture Federation (ACF) and the Jinan Municipal Government presented magnificent couture by the country’s top designers.

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55 pounds, (25 kg) of pure fashion power.

Of course you remember the yellow mega gown Guo Pei designed and Rihanna wore to the 2015 Met Gala. Who doesn’t? Watch the video as Guo Pei explains how it was crafted and how she broke all the rules to become China’s most celebrated couturier.

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Glorious asymmetrical fantasy skater skirt dress with exquisite hand work and embroidery. Guo Pei.

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Now let’s take a closer look at a blow-up image of the fabric. You can see the hand work of the artisans. The silk threads glow in the bright lights of the runway. This is couture at its most electrifying. Guo Pei.

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Magnificent embroidery on a gold and silver cloak embellished with floating ostrich feathers by Guo Pei.

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Guo Pei’s contemporary version of the Pao wide-sleeved robe in the style worn by Chinese men and women from the Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) to the end of the Ming dynasty (1644.) In delicate winter white. Talk about making an entrance.

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Designer Laurence Xu blends traditional Chinese visual design elements with a contemporary menswear silhouette and breathtaking craftsmanship. In Chinese mythology, the dragon is a symbol of power and strength.

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Is that an umbrella he’s holding or a Chinese Piandao sabre? This suit begs to be worn with élan, dash and natural savoir faire. Laurence Xu hits all the high notes.

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Embellished shoulder details take a nail head studded velvet jacket to the next dimension. Menswear at its finest. Laurence Xu.

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Red is an auspicious color for a bridal gown in China. In Chinese culture red symbolizes happiness, prosperity and good fortune. It also looks incredibly stunning. By Laurence Xu.

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DCCM, luxurious, understated business wardrobe staples. Elegance meets wearability.

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DCCM Smoky blue satin blouse with self tie and stylish celery green suit.

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DCCM. Satin and shine. Business chic long column dress with a graceful drop collar, caught at the waist.

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Funky streetwear designer from Hong Kong Rib Yeung blends neon patterns and a street smart vibe.

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Silver low rise wide leg trousers coordinate with everything. Rib Yeung.

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Mixed patterns are the new solid. By innovative designer Rib Yeung.

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Semi-sheer iridescent rain jacket with flounced sleeves; supercool. Add the silver shorts, over-the-top swish. Rib Yeung.

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Rib Yeung’s complete collection. Wild and wonderful looks take to the street.

The Xinhua Silk Road China International Fashion Week presented more incredible looks for men and women then we could squeeze into this article. Watch for the second edition, Part. 2, coming up.

A special thanks to James Tulley, CEO of the Asian Couture Federation, who graciously provided us with images of every exceptional garment seen on the runway.

 

Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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