The white catwalk space at Vauxhall Fashion Scout – Freemasons Hall, LFW, gives each designer the possibility of transforming the place, like a blank canvas before being touched by an artist. This season JI CHENG developed a great performance, filling the space with the essence of her latest collection.

With the lights off, a short movie started playing in the background and all the buzzy talking vanished into a silence full of amazement. All the sudden the music took us on a journey, traveling all the way to China to feel the humidity of the rain forest. The smell, the colour, the music, all set the scene for a collection that represented the Chinese culture in a West European style.


The collection ‘Peony Pavilion’ represented a romance in ancient China, reflecting the sentiments and devotion depicted in a very particular love story into her clothes. Shades of bright colours set a romantic tone; vivid yellows and dainty purples inspired by the blossoming bond of the two lovers dominated the first outfits of the runway. Then the melancholy took a turn and in representation of a heartbreak we saw a colour twist, turning the pieces into shades of greys and utopian blues.

JI CHENG 2Loyal to her own identity, Chinese elements were a common thread though her delicately designed looks, expertly crafted and beautifully balanced. Elegant prints with luxury fabrics were the key to a collection that interpreted classic shapes into modern figures. One of the pieces that caught my eye was a short jumpsuit in shades of blue and pink, which reminded me of the shape of a kimono in a modern silhouette.


Before the finale, a live signing performance representing the very best traditional Chinese style, surprised us while all the models started occupying their positions for the photographers. An emotional designer walked then between them all, signalling the end to a brilliant show.

By Laura Roig Vericat

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