By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Insect prints ruled the Poesia runway of Fall/Winter 2012 coats and dresses, at Shanghai Fashion Week.
Poesia (“Poetry”) designer Chris Chang showed an array of colorful ensembles inspired by the costumes of Mongolia and Yunnan ethnic tribes, and insects, on Day 1 of Shanghai Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012, April 11.
The equally flamboyant Parsons-educated designer is known for her bouyant, joyful spirit, and she's just as likely to find inspiration in children's dolls, cartoon characters and birds, as well as her own Peruvian ancestry, as a way of bringing a sense of pageantry, fun, humor and glamour to what she perceives as an otherwise mundane world.
For this collection, she said in a post-show interview, "I've always had a fascination with insects, their patterns, the mystery of the little animals. Everything about insects I love."
Chang worked as general manager of Prada Taiwan for eight years after graduating from Parsons, and her collection matched that brand's luxury vibe., with crisp flared dresses and fearless mixing and matching of patterns and materials, including a vest of mirrors worn over a fly-print dress with a metallic sheen reminiscent of insects' iridescence.
In her colorful dress and pigtails, she looks like she might be the Betsey Johnson of Asia, though her aesthetic is closer to Prada than the American designer.
Other dresses were done up in bee yellow-and-black, and flowing caftans bore scarab or butterfly prints.
It was charming and entertaining and made me want to rush out to her boutique in Pudong, though I'm not sure I have the time on this trip.
Spiky jackets reflect the protective exoskeleton of insects.
Insect prints and materials often had a sheen like the iridescense of beetles and other insects. The reflective vest shown comprises mirror pieces.
Poesia designer Chris Chang answers reporters' questions after the show.
The masks/headwear some of the models wore were representative of insect eyes and antenna.
Poesia butterfly dress.