China may not be winning the battle to produce a global luxury brand, but its indie fashion scene is vibrant. With the Chinese luxury market moving toward greater sophistication and a rising demand for more unique brands and offerings, Chinese indie fashion designers may be the unlikely winners in this competitive retail landscape.
Meet two Chinese indie designers noted for their distinctive and original looks:
Wang Tianmo (Momo Wang)
Her designs are inspired by “all things global, from African tribes to the vast plains of Russia to her hometown of Jinzhou. Wang takes great interest in the culture and character of any region, and through her creative process transform the elements to fit her own design language. The elements of the resulting creations are carefully balance to create refreshing new looks,” she tells Blouin Art Info.
Liu received a degree in women’s wear from the London College of Fashion in 2007, and then did an internship with Viktor & Rolf in Amsterdam before returning to China in 2009. Unlike many Chinese designers returning to China, Liu Min did not head to a first-tier city. She went to the coastal city of Xiamen, which she described as “pure and authentic; life goes at your own pace” and launched her brand on e-commerce site Taobao.com. Currently, her designs are available in some of China’s top boutiques.
Her style “gives richness to simplicity, brings determination to romance, and seeks modernity in the classics.” Liu doesn’t believe in trendy, but favors things that stand the test of time. Liu is inspired by vintage and many of her designs have vintage elements. She tells Blouin that “vintage represents the history of fashion, and history certainly provides a lot of inspiration. The new and the old have different charms. I think that transmitting the past and creating the future are equally important, but the most important thing of all is bringing your own viewpoint to your personal style.”
image credit: momo wang tumblr, ms min