Embrace the passion for Chinese embroidery

Jonathan Riss wants the world to embrace Chinese embroidery. Photo: Corbis

With a new atelier in Beijing, the fashion house Jay Ahr champions Chinese crafts through Western design.

The label’s Belgian-born designer, Jonathan Riss, is known for his beautiful forms and intricate details.

Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 6:16pm

Get The Look: Baroque

Get The Look: Baroque

Less is definitely not more this autumn as opulence made a comeback on the catwalks. Ornate 17th-century-style gilded embroideries and tapestries created drama at brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, while Salvatore Ferragamo featured Fabergé-inspired velvet handbags decorated in elaborate embroideries. For a more modern look, Lanvin embellished its structured dresses in thick black scrolls.

12 Oct 2012 - 10:25am

Hobby rewards patience

Western-style embroidery can be a hobby for both sexes, of any age and from all walks of life.

Students can put their creativity and artistic ability into something tangible that will enhance their patience and help them relax.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

By royal appointment

As Kate Middleton walked up the aisle during her wedding to Britain's Prince William last year, millions of people worldwide marvelled at her bridal gown.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cherie D

Who started it? Born and bred in London, Sherina Dalamal trained at the city's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and at L'Ecole Lesage, in Paris, France, where she studied couture embroidery. With internships at Alexander McQueen and Nicole Farhi, Dalamal's Indian aesthetics gained a deeper understanding of Western cuts and sensibilities.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Who started it? Born and raised in Hong Kong, designer Tania Mohan studied to be a barrister before deciding fashion was her true calling. After a stint in fashion journalism, she opened a boutique in Central, in 1998, carrying pieces by India's hottest designers.

14 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Q&A: Martin Ksohoh

What made you decide to launch your line of denim, RMC (aka Red Monkey Company) Jeans?

21 May 2008 - 12:00am

Keeping it light

Karen Millen The latest collection (right) introduces a new lightness, with a focus on transparent organza and chiffon. Styles range from the more voluminous '50s skirt to safari shapes and sexy '70s silhouettes. Evening wear focuses on sculptural ruffles and frills, such as the ornate flowers that climb the halter-neck of a slinky black satin mini-dress with ruffle hem.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Pack your bags

With the holiday season looming, it's time to assemble a resort wardrobe for those days spent lounging on the beaches of St Tropez or Capri. Local boutique Tabla, known for stocking elegant, embellished pieces, has a summer collection that can easily go from poolside to dinner. Standouts include the blue Ragglan kaftan made from a silk georgette and hand embroidered with flowers.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Three themes to highlight year of contrasts

In Interstoff Asia Essential's trends archive, Spring/Summer 2009 will go down as a year of contrasts - cutting-edge technologies and organic fibres, neutral hues and vibrant sorbet tones.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

taste of the Orient

Chinois-inspired touches in home decor have been around for centuries but the current trend won't have your home looking like your grandmother's.

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Embroidery master strives to modernise craft

A master Cantonese embroiderer from the mainland has brought her battle to modernise her craft to a Hong Kong shopping mall.

Known for its complex, multicoloured patterns, it is the oldest of the four most famous Chinese embroidery styles, dating back more than 1,000 years.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

In stitches

Infusing its luxurious men's shoes with a touch of ruggedness, Berluti's newest collection of footwear - Fil d'Ariane - uses stitches inspired by the knots used by sailors, mountaineers and divers. The collection features the Berluti Palomar shoe (below; HK$12,800), for gentlemen who want something a little unusual.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Thong bird

Local lingerie boutique Marguerite Lee is offering women more reason to stock up on lingerie, with a host of new collections for autumn/winter. The store sells various European brands, including Andre Sarda, Ambra and Exilia, and the look for the season is feminine and romantic with plenty of floral embroidery.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Material world

Crisp white linen and cotton: even the words sound cooling. Which is why these designs by Marika Linen should go down a treat in summer.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am