Ethical fashion is increasingly coming to the forefront of Chinese luxury shoppers’ consciousness, and this is what London-based designer Renli Su counts on when she sources her fabrics from Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan villages. For her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, debuted at her showroom during London Fashion Week, she took to yak wool, organic layered cottons, Oxford tweed, and Chinese silk to express the embodiment of modern dance.
Renli Su’s past collections certainly embraced feelings of movement, with breezy softness and excess fabric accentuated by cream color palettes. This season was no different as she aimed to capture “the perfect cooperation between garments and body” with loose-fitting over-sized jackets and dresses, tailored with gentle ruffles and folds. In some looks, skirts cinched at the waist sag just so, while in others, collars layered over collars give the illusion of motion, while textured bell sleeves leave room for the arms to wave freely.
The designer, who originally hails from Fujian Province in southern China, was moved by the philosophies of Belgian contemporary dance choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her most famous work, Fase. Intent on creating outfits that embraced quality craftsmanship and historic aesthetics, Su also stayed true to her knack of instilling in her creations the elegance and intelligence of the modern woman.
Su recently made headlines as a designer on Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia list and also is part of Opening Ceremony’s Year of China.
Keep scrolling below for more looks from her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.