As a designer, Min Wu works with a bold, modern woman constantly in mind. Take a look back at any of her past collections, and you’ll see her clearly reverberating throughout: This woman who clearly loves strongly feminine, often quirky, garments and color – lots and lots of color, from pastel tones to bolded hues. Until her Fall/Winter 2016, that is.
Darker shades of blue and black replaced their lighter comrades from earlier collections, while a white jacket and cropped pant combo and a pale blue overcoat stood in singular opposition. Ruffles and pleating were the trick of the trade here – and it was used quite freely. A quirk we quite liked, actually.
Always one to play on strong visual contrasts, Wu’s resulting mix of unusual materials and techniques will often keep you on your toes in anticipation, and this season wasn’t an exception. The lightness and easiness of her hard-meets-soft aesthetics felt simultaneously nonchalant, messy and yet elegant.
As one of London’s brightest emerging Chinese designers, Wu is certainly a talent to watch with London Fashion Week looming every closer. Will she pull our any more of her signature technical collaging, or will it be a return of color? We will undoubtedly see in a few short weeks.