Asia purrs on the Parisian catwalks

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 September, 2013, 9:37am

The blazing sunshine had everyone in a good mood in Paris as fashion week rolled into action early last week.

Day one of the spring-summer 2014 shows saw Asian designers take the spotlight as Paris-based South Korean designer Moon Young Hee kicked things off, followed by award winning Cambodian-French designer Christine Phung then Hong Kong's own Ground Zero. It was a good chance to showcase some fresh Asian talent ahead of the bigger Japanese labels, such as Yohji Yamamoto and Commes des Garçons.

It was my first time at the Moon Young Hee show and I was certainly not disappointed. Deconstructed shapes ruled the roost here, and asymmetrical tailored dresses, tops and coats made for a thoughtful and fluid collection. Strict origami-like folds and wild swathes of voluminous organza created dramatic effects.

Super commercial, this is not, but Hee managed a wonderfully ethereal collection that I'd love to see stocked in this city soon.

Christine Phung is a rising star in Paris. She debuted her spring-summer collection on a rooftop, with outfits that showed off a carefree, graphic sense of femininity. Meanwhile, the Ground Zero brothers Eri and Philip Chu bought their urbanite futurism to the catwalks once again.

I missed the show, but the images displayed online showed a mash-up of colourful Flash Gordon references and techno florals that were reminiscent of Mary Katrantzou's earlier digital prints.

The sportswear futurism feel was fun and fresh. Add that to all those bright hues and you certainly have something that's a jolt to the senses.