A combination of rebellion and optimism doesn’t necessarily sound like a recipe for a fashion show, but that’s exactly what designer Xi Zhu aims to bring to the catwalk with label Fun Affair.
For spring/summer 17, the Girls Grow Up collection is inspired by the decade that fashion loves to hate: the 1980’s. But unlike the garish colours and prints that filled the streets the first time around, Fun Affair brings a touch of minimalism and romanticism to the era’s postmodernist power pieces.
Sticking to a mostly monochromatic palette, Zhu breaks up the monotony with statement frills and geometric patterns in bold pinks and blues – a trend we’re sure will happily translate to the high street. Layers of chiffon, which Zhu used to create varying levels of transparency and femininity on all-black slip dresses, will likely be a hit too.
Her mission, we’re told, is to manifest extreme beauty. A beauty that combines her original heritage with European romanticism and results in something mysterious, still and powerful. Rebellious yet sophisticated. Edgy yet feminine.
Each look on the Fun Affair runway was accessorised with a plain black cap and patent boots. Understated yet definitely making a statement, it’s a detail which captures the brand’s aesthetic perfectly.