ONES TO WATCH Spring/Summer 15 - Youjia Jin, Min Wu, Cassandra Verity Green, Keiko Nishiyama
The Ones to Watch Fashion Scout show takes four talented emerging designers each season and puts their work under the spotlight. SS15 was an eclectic mix of styles and a seriously bumper crop.
Youjia Jin SS15
Youjia’s collection turned on a palette of blacks, greys and whites, more subdued than some of the other Ones to Watch but with such crisp attention to detail and perfect tailoring that bright shades would have seemed out of place. We particularly loved the smart black and white shoes and the use of razor sharp tailoring and pleated draping to create a signature look. One-sleeved blazers and a half draped, half tailored blazer encapsulated the concept and sheers, dip dyed chiffon and contrast shirts brought femininity to the otherwise androgynous show.
Keiko Nishiyama SS15
Japanese born Keiko’s designs played with imbalance and turned on delicate hand-drawn prints. The looks were Narnian-esque in design with the white headwear adding to the fairytale feel of the collection. Each outfit nailed elegance and intrigue incorporating fascinating floral print, paired with Aladdin style shoes. The collection had a classic, chic, womanly vibe, with an easy neutral colour palette and soft materials from chiffons to cottons.
Cassandra Verity Green
Cassandra Verity Green SS15
This SS15 collection had an unmistakably futuristic feel and some beautifully bold designs. Colour was everywhere, from the models’ cropped wigs, to the bright hues of the outfits and a refreshing white that tied everything together. Fabrics ranged from crochets, jersey cottons and woven fabrics, to PVC and fur. Plastic handbags were paired with swimwear along with leather leg braces. Designer Cassandra took inspiration from personal experiences, emotions and memories, intertwined with innocence, to create a collection that simultaneously thrilled and soothed.
Min Wu SS15
Ombre, white, and strong fluid shapes formed the basis of this collection with outfits that instantly shouted summer. The soft, yet bright, colour palate appeared to expertly compliment the models’ skin tones and the accessorising of each outfit with a fairly tale like headpiece, added a diverse edge. Voluminous tops were paired with wide legged cropped trousers and slim block colour trousers. Current season favourites, the crop top and the midi skirt, appeared in the collection and contrast came in the form of different textures, frills, blooming mesh sleeves, dramatic collared blouses and thick soled sandals.
Words by Sydney Harris-Mackenzie