Xander Zhou’s AW15 catwalk show at LCM was a demonstration of how to create unique pieces that are totally wearable. Drawing on a Wild West theme, the designer expertly combined the quintessential elements of western costume with contrasting textiles, intricate pattern cutting and delicate details from his Eastern heritage. This paradox of American and Chinese cultures does anything but clash. There’s an elegance to his work that comes about not only from the meticulous attention to detail but the building of layers to create a context for each garment.
Cowboy denim shirts paired alongside detailed and elegant textiles made for a diverse fall palette, something we love among the often muted tones of the season. The collection also saw the inclusion of an in-house footwear range, again on the western theme, and some must-have sunglasses, or ‘eye accessories’ as the designer calls them.