Shanghai Fashion Week: 5 best trends

Shanghai Fashion Week: 5 best trends

As Shanghai Fashion Week packs its bags until the fall, we pick out the five best trends to come down our local runways

Even if it wasn't as huge as the fashion weeks in Paris, Milan, London and New York, Shanghai Fashion Week, which concluded earlier this week, carried much to make the city proud.

If you paid close attention to the runways and filtered out the innovative from the ordinary, our fashion week had plenty of choice offerings that will put local fashionistas at the forefront of this Fall/Winter season’s trends.

The following are our five favorite trends from the 2011 Shanghai Fashion Week.

Shanghai Fashion Week- Noir&Blanc catwalkShanghai Fashion Week: From the Noir&Blanc catwalk.

Trend 1: Cut out shoulders

Labels rocking the look: Noir&Blanc and AmareSinh

Why we like it: This is a style perfectly suited for Asian women, showing off their often waif-like shoulders. Details such as cut-outs instantly draw attention to where it should be and add an extra dimension of personality to the design.

This is exactly what the two Swedish female designers behind Scandinavian label Noir&Blanc’s were counting on.

Holes were cut out of Noir&Blanc regular blazers to reveal scintillating glimpses of shoulders on the runway. It not only softened the serious look of a blazer, but also give the pieces a romantic touch, all while keeping the look clean and simple. No wonder the designers chose to sport similar cut-out blazers at their curtain call.

Asian American designer Huy, who's behind women's wear label AmareSinh, also chose to embellish his toga dresses with cut-outs and extravagant accessories to create a unique asymmetrical style that defies all convention.

Where to find it: Noir&Blanc can be found in Scandinavian concept store Göte Göta, 174 Xiangyang Nan Lu, Bldg 2, near Fuxing Zhong Lu 襄阳南路174号2号楼, 近复兴中路, +86 21 3368 7269; AmareSinh items can be purchased from their online store.

Shanghai Fashion Week - Helen Lee designShanghai Fashion Week: A Helen Lee's designs offer up unconventional fabric pairings.

Trend 2: Mix and matched materials

Labels rocking the look: Helen Lee and AmareSinh

Why we like it: If you think sporting the same type of fabric from head-to-toe feels a bit monotonous, you are sure to be a fan of this fall trend.

The job of pairing pieces has already been done for you by designers (so even the fashion-challenged can end these pieces) who showed contrasting fabrics on the same article of clothing on their runways. The outcome: eye-catching clothing that translates well to everyday looks.

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Both Helen Lee’s lamb’s wool, silk and chiffon mixed fabric dress (above) and AmareSinh’s furry-sleeved long evening dress were standouts. Light and heavy fabrics were cleverly paired in Lee’s white dress, resulting in a contrast that's surprisingly not jarring, but trendy and feminine. 

Where to find it: Helen Lee, 172-1 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu (opening on 29 April) 富民路172-1号近巨鹿路; AmareSinh items can be purchased from their online store.

Shanghai Fashion Week - Elysee YangShanghai Fashion Week: Bold prints from Elysee Yang.

Trend 3: Bold prints

Labels rocking the look: Noir&Blanc, Elysée Yang and WhereWhatWho

Why we like it: Though we like the understated elegance of simply colored clothes, this year's runways showed us that bold prints are here for the long-haul. Whether it was Noir&Blanc’s eye-catching black and white beaded jacket, Elysée Yang’s Oriental-style patterned jacket and romantic retro-print dress (above) or WhereWhatWho’s slit skirt with crazy space prints, at this year's fasion week, any piece of clothing was instantly made more interesting with the addition of prints.

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The pairing of abstract, geometric and flower prints with materials of various colors, textures and shapes means a lot more eye-candy on Shanghai streets come autumn. 

Where to find it: WhereWhatWho, 372 Xingguo Lu, Bldg 1, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 兴国路372号1号楼, 近淮海中路, +86 21 5230 6736; Elysée Yang currently only has a shop in Beijing and no online store, Sanlitun, 81 Jiuba Bei Lu, Nali Patio, D109 (Beijing) 三里屯酒吧北街81号“NALI PATIO”一楼D109商铺

Shanghai Fashion Week - Vint@age Future Shanghai Fashion Week: Vint@age Future invokes the exuberance of youth in their bold color choices.

Trend 4: Color play

Labels rocking the look: Vint@ge Future

Why we like it: Contrasting colors flooded the major runways during the Spring/Summer 2011 season, and, judging from Shanghai Fashion Week, it looks like they are set to take center stage in the Fall/Winter collections as well.

The more clashing the colors, the better. The trick is to contrast different shades of the same color group or to match a color with a saturated shade of a complementary one.

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Local label Vint@age Future designers Wang Zhong Zi and Qiu Qi Yang's clever pairing of pastel pink tights with an orange top (above), as well as their pink, green and grey-colored short skirt with bright red shoulder pads perfectly encapsulates the exuberance of Chinese youth.

Question is, are everyday people going to be game enough to pull off this look?

Where to find it: You can get Vint@ge Future designs off

Shanghai fashion week -- WhereWhatWhoShanghai Fashion Week: Brands like WhereWhatWho (above) took major fashion risks on this year's runway.

Trend 5: Strange contours

Labels rocking the look: Wherewhatwho, Content

Why we like it: Our final trend pick from Shanghai Fashion Week is also the most controversial. For those who like avant garde pieces from labels such as Comme des Garcons or Maison Martin Margiela, voluminous or deconstructed pieces must seem like old news by now, but whatever, we like the look, and so do local designers.

Using trend hallmarks like unconventional materials and unexpected contours, WhereWhatWho’s expanded shirt and Content’s broad barrel skirt (above) have a decidedly futuristic feel, perfect for a city where it seems like a new skyscraper goes up every day.

Sometimes, the role of fashion is to offer an escape from people's daily routine, and these creations do exactly that -- maybe just leave them for weekend and not office wear.

Where to find it: Content, 153 Maoming Nan Lu, near Nanchang Lu, +86 21 5466 5267; WhereWhatWho, 372 Xingguo Lu, Bldg 1, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 兴国路372号1号楼, 近淮海中路, +86 21 5230 6736