Grace Chen Spring/Summer 2019 "Splendor in the Air": Reinterpreting the essence of Chinese
Fashion is not only what we wear, but a representation of our identity. Since the inception of the brand, designer Grace Chen has had two goals: To create a fashion style that reflected modern Chinese women, and to create a design aesthetic that brings a modern Chinese style to the world. Taking inspiration from the works of traditional Chinese poet Wang Wei, the latest collection titled “Splendor in the Air” reflects the return to an inner peace after shedding layers of distraction.
“Splendor in the Air” is a tribute to all things beautiful in Chinese tradition. It is also what enriches the modern woman and makes her even more relevant for the world today.”
– Grace Chen, Chief designer and Founder of Grace Chen Couture
The collection launched during China Fashion Week, March 26th 7pm. The collection breaks down traditional perceptions of lines, proportion, structure and silhouettes, creating looks that are casual and flowing at the same time.
The overall aesthetic is more Oriental than previous collections, yet it combines a modern-day edge to the needs of the metropolitan woman. The colour scheme is predominantly black and white, reflective of Chen’s influences from Chinese calligraphy, yet amongst the tranquility there are bursts of colour from strong reds, greens and blues.
As a modern interpretation of the visual arts and dance, the entire show featured models walking on a catwalk submerged in a layer of water and an opening performance by ballerina Sisi Qiu, also known as the “Swan Princess of the East”. Special guests included Grammy award winner & singer Tianqi Hang, actress MIYA, famed model trainer Grace Han and Chinese contemporary artist Ran Pan. St