Photography by catwalking.com
Report by Harriet Quick, Editorial Director, Luxup
“I want to make a woman look wonderful from all 360 degrees,” says the charming Central Saint Martins- trained Huishan Zhang after his debut salon show at Somerset House. Despite Zhang being up until midnight at a dinner hosted by Vogue China’s Editor-In-Chief Angelica Cheung, Vogue.com’s Sarah Mower and Luxup at Harry’s Bar the night before, all was perfectly in order in his 21-piece collection, which fused Chinese cultural traditions with a modern feminine spirit. His forte is cocktail dresses: veils of silk organza fluttered over Swarovski crystal-embroidered sheaths in China blue with motifs of pagodas, birds and mahjong tiles sparkling through. Lace overlaid a fabulous navy duchesse satin t-shirt-style top and wrap skirt, shimmering with bugle beads, while Chinese character-print slim-cut trousers were paired with a jacket-style top. One of his pieces has even been acquired by the V&A. “I love London,” he said. “I feel the freedom and am so grateful that the fashion world has embraced me.” Big hug, Huishan!