Taiwan’s Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU) provides a showcase for emerging designers from Taiwan, with a view to enabling these fresh new talents to reach a much wider international audience. For SS18, the chosen designers were: Shun Yu, Ina Hsu, Shing Luen Liou and Yu Meu Huang.
Shing Luen Liou
The collection from Shing Luen Liou was incredibly sculptural, from the silhouettes and shapes created, to the graphics used. It was bold and sometimes boxy, pairing off-white with denim, mint green, coral and red to create impactful pieces with a distinctly unisex feel.
Brandon Sanderson’s novel ‘Mistborn’ provided the inspiration for the collection from designer Shun Yu, specifically the concept of Hemalurgy, a ‘magic system’ that transfers power from one to another via stakes driven through the body. Black, grey and various metallics, from copper to silver, provided the colour palette for a collection of shifting outlines and asymmetric edges. Patches of different textures and shades were fused together to create movement, contrast and shape.
Another culturally inspired work, the collection from Ina Hsu took inspiration from a Japanese thriller – although this time the results were very different. Colour oozed from every thread of Ina Hsu’s work, contrasted against swathes of opaque black. Floating fabrics left rainbow ruffles dancing around the models’ limbs as the collection gradually progressed towards a dramatic white finish.
Yu Meu Huang
Women inspired the collection from Yu Meu Huang at the SS18 FJU Talents show – in particular the white-collar workers of Taiwan in the 1960s and elements of feminism. The pieces took classic shapes and textures and turned them all upside down and inside out – buttoned up collars were positioned on backs, striped shirts became skirts, huge knits appeared as shoes. It was a thoughtful collection that embraced ideas of femininity and change.
Words by The Glass Pineapple. Images by Ellegance Photography.