Wednesday, 16 January 2013

legless birds over London

In a famous line from Wong Kar-wai movie 'Days of Being
Wild', the leading character Yuddy (Leslie Cheung) compares
himself to 'a legless bird' that must keep flying because the
day he lands is the day he dies. I dunno if in reality such
creatures do exist yet I love the quote's strength.

I also love the knitwear designers who keep knitting over
and over their own creations deeply going into the practical
knowledge of yarns and threads, up to customize them when
their talent requires something that's not on the market.
Chinese designer Shengwei Wang is one of them and 
she often spins her own yarns to weave delicate 
experimental garments.

Graduated in fashion design and knitwear from Central Saint
Martins in 2011, Shengwei settled down in London having
remarkable internships at Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon
and John Galliano while studying and came to receive significant 
creative awards for her characteristic approach based upon 
an unconventional use of fabrics and shapes.

all catwalk images © by Cargo Collective
backstage and details from
In her latest s/s 2013 collection, called ”A Bird Without Leg”,
Shengwei shows her genuine take on sculptural knitwear through
loose forms with bell-shaped sleeves as short wings interlocked
with insubstantial organza inserts as feathers in a plain palette
of creamy shades, metallic gray and black and white.
She skillfully combines flat and bouclé yarns with metallic
inserts, playing with geometrical motifs to create dazzling
patchworks, lace and net effects, often emebellished with
small fringes. Contrary to her birds, Wang's knitwear 
has more than a leg to stand on!

the designer in a photo © by Alice Luker

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