Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Ballade N°1.G Op.23

Jamie Wei Huang is a Central Saint Martins alumna
who sharpened up her skills interning at Christopher
Kane and Alexander McQueen carefully establishing
her womenswear label soon after graduation. She was
shortly selected as the top 5 finalists of the 'Designers
for Tomorrow' award receiveing full sponsorship to
showcase her collection in Berlin, Milano and Paris.

Combining conceptual ideas with modern silhouette,
Jamie Wei Huang's label ”is based on the principle of
bringing out the character in contemporary women”

as she declares, through a clean and refined aesthetic
with a masculine edge. Called ”Ballade N°1.G Op.23”
referring to Chopin's early composition in G minor featured
in the movie 'The Pianist' and inspired by images of refugees,
her AW14 RTW collection aims at recreating ”the 
resourcefulness that war dictates. Taking luxury 
materials and combining them with essential silhouettes, 
creates outfits of necessity, where fashion becomes 
part of life and a means of survival.”

Structured looks cut to perfection in which a gorgeous
combination of light and heavy fabrics creates a variety
of textures ”through the use of extremely delicate fine
fabrics and finishing details combined with heavy wool
and leather creates a contrast that mirrors the human
beneath the fashion...”
- the collection's press statement
reads - ”...a strong collection that stands as one by
incorporating post-war functional details, such as tool
belts, with creative pattern construction and delicate fine
finishing typical of a pre-war lifestyle.”
I really dig the
overall contrast between femininity and masculinity
the whole collection is played upon but I'm nuts about
an oversized mannish wool coat with 
leather straps on the sleeve!

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