Thursday, 17 November 2011

One To Watch: Qiu Hao

It's clear to see why designer Qiu Hao was awarded the Woolmark Prize in 2008, and won WGSN's "Breakthrough Designer Award" this year. One of Shanghai's most conceptually driven designers, his avante-garde style is simple yet poetic, with a signature aesthetic of deconstructing fashion, and re-fusing it together with innovative fabrics, to create haunting and evocative shapes over a tall and lean silhouette. A graduate of Central Saint Martins' M.A. Fashion Womenswear, Qiu's designs are not mass-produced, but rather atelier, reflecting the intricate construction that goes into producing each garment - slowly translating into a striking visual statement with elements of genius, proving how well versed in fashion Qiu is. Previous stand-out knitwear designs have included a white tube dress encircled with knitted orbs of Merino wool, inspired by a series of cave photos by Wang Gang.

Now comes Qiu's AW11 collection, entitled "Serpens", which is both stunning and creepy all at once; but completely wearable if you like to make a statement with your winter wardobe. In a monochrome colour palette, the range features capes and jackets with giant hoods, oversized lapels, padded coats which look like mini duvets wrapped around you, and accessories including fur/hair mix gloves and backpacks.

As the quote on Qiu's website says, "Don't ask me about inspiration.....image is a simple way of saying complicated thing". So without further ado, check out the shots below, 
lensed by photographer Matthieu Belin. I'm thinking Grace Jones meets "The Grudge".






Images © Matthieu Belin





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