With her ability to mix the modern and the traditional, it’s no wonder Ji Cheng has made the leap from being established and well-loved in her homeland of China to being embraced by the UK market. With her autumn / winter 2013 collection about to debut on the runway at London fashion week, we were curious as to what the season would have in store. Cheng took a few minutes out from fashion week preparations to share with us some preview sketches of the collection, as well as to chat to us about what inspired her for fall.

Read more after the break.

ji cheng fall preview

Can you give us an idea of what your upcoming autumn / winter 2013 collection is all about – what inspired you for the season?
The Ji Cheng AW13 collection ‘KOI’S WHISPER,’ is inspired by the colourful koi carp of classic Asian folk tales. Their graceful movement resonates ancient Chinese decoration, signifying beauty, calm and elegance, and it is this that we wanted to get across in our latest collection.

Can you explain a little further the significance of the title “Koi’s Whisper”?
It is a classic tale about a beautiful and inspired koi, only can become a graceful girl in the evening, come out of the lake and fall in love with a young man. But they can only meet in the night time. In the day time, she becomes a beautiful koi going back to lake again. It is a bit sentimental but romantic love story.

ji cheng fall preview

How much does your heritage and Chinese tradition influence what you design? And how do you go about bringing that to a UK audience?
I love to blend Eastern inspiration with avant-garde tailoring and I will continue to expose the aesthetic of contemporary China to an international audience. I believe my inspiration from Chinese heritage and culture will bring beautiful modern style to my collection, and they will definitely bring that to UK audience as well.

Are there any particular pieces or details for this collection that you’re particularly proud of, that we should keep an eye out for on the runway?
For A/W 2013, I feature multi-layers and intricate handcrafted techniques that demonstrate variable colour and textural detailing. Natural materials are combined with traditional hand weaving techniques highlighting the glory of the female form. Personally I am proud of the long black dress with layers of waving edge, which is going to be the closing look of my show, present by Ms Luodan Wang, Chinese acting sensation and regular face in the fashion glossies.

The Ji Cheng autumn / winter 2013 collection will show on Monday 18th February: stay tuned for the full coverage.

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