Another update on the ongoings at the London Fashion Week, here’s a post on an up and coming designer whose roots lie in Hong Kong. Minki Cheng spent his childhood years there but soon moved to London to pursue a career in design. Having seen his collection, I feel that his childhood, spent in the colourful, eclectic environs of Hong Kong, continues to influence his style mantra – and that’s what made his creations distinctive and striking.Minki Cheng’s primary inspiration was the retro entertainment of his youth and thus featured elements such as anime robots, caricatured warriors and other unearthly motifs. In keeping with his typical style, the colours he used were very vibrant – full of metallic shades and neons – reminding me of disco balls in retro clubs. Oversized jackets, frayed ribboning and frills, dramatic silhouettes and monochromatic, patterned apparels graced his ramp. What I loved about his collection is its attempt to redefine and revaluate the fashion sensibilities of the Modern Woman. Straying away from the path of tried and tested hits, Minki Cheng’s designs challenged the boundaries of regular-wear outfits with much aplomb.This was actually the guiding principle of Cheng’s design philosophy – to create edgy apparel that matched the non-conformist tendencies of bold, beautiful women. I think he succeeded in executing his vision for I have to say, his designs, though quite experimental, were suitably alluring to make one want them for oneself. I certainly wanted to take many of his creations home. That may not have been possible but I was happy enough to feast my eyes on them too!
Photo Credits – Joe Hart