By Nadine Kam
Photos by Nadine Kam
PPQ creative directors Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker with two of their models during Shanghai Fashion Week.
PPQ opened Shanghai Fashion Week's Fall/Winter shows at 800Show, 800 Changde Road, on April 11.
Although not yet available in Shanghai, the London-based clothing brand's creative directors Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker said that—like many retailers who have opened in the fastest-growing city in the world—they hope to be able to open a boutique within a year. "It's new territory for us," Parker said of their showing in Shanghai.
In an interview after the show, I learned that Chinese reporters don't hold back in expressing their opinions. One reporter told them their past collections were better, said their new collection is boring and asked why they changed. Duh.
To which Molyneaux responded that every brand changes to stay current.
The show focused on fall glamour, but what stood out were the array of "hot pants" in various fabrications, that looked quite diaper-like, though striking on the right person.
The wooly hot pant.
When I asked Amy about it, she was clearly enthused by what she described as the "furry hot pant," made with wool mohair. "I think girls love fluffy soft pants," she said, adding that she'd wear them. I'm betting in London they do. Some looks are strictly regional.
Models cheeks were dressed with a single black heart.
I attempted to upload to YouTube, which is blocked in China. Unfortunately, through a VPN I wasn't able to find a fast enough connection, and the video was saved improperly with lots of glitches and hisses. It would be best to turn down the sound and watch just 2 minutes, and I'll probably have to redo the upload when I get home. I had two hours sleep last night waiting for the upload, so I'm really bummed it turned out like this.
New video uploaded April 19, beginning drops off, but at least it's not screeching: