Parsons graduate and the 2018 LVMH Prize nominee Snow Xue Gao is the hottest Chinese name in fashion right now.

While most brands selected iconic landmarks for the biennial showcase of New York Fashion Week, the Beijing-born creative went for a different landmark – Jing Fong, the largest Chinese restaurant in the city’s Chinatown – for her spring/summer 2019 fashion show, again. Back in February, Gao showed her fall/winter 2018 collection at the same dim sum house.

Against the background of a chandeliered ballroom harmonised with clicking cups and rolling dim sum carts, the millennial designer pays tribute to ’60s Hong Kong and the territory’s well-heeled, well-dressed women.

Chinese heritage is Gao’s eternal inspiration. Her deconstruction of traditional tailoring is like a fresh breeze in the fashion world. On her Eastern cultural canvas, intricately draped silk prints and Italian wool plaids and jacquards are intertwined.

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Sling dresses, vintage silk prints, pearl necklace, black lace gloves and grey suits are mixed and matched to create nostalgic looks. The most captivating and evocative accessories are the mahjong tile earrings.

By using asymmetrical cuts, exaggerated silhouettes, and the contrasting materials of silk and wool, Gao once again showcases her talent in naturally blending East with West. As usual, she blurs the line between masculine and feminine styles, a case in point being men in swinging earrings.

At an authentic East-meets-West location – Chinese wooden beams contrasting with the concrete jungle of New York City – Gao invites guests into a classic scene from a Wong Kar-wai movie. Her show might be New York Fashion Week’s funkiest and most romantic, one that puts audiences in the mood for love, and dim sum too.

Gao attended Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology before moving to New York. She founded her eponymous brand in 2016 and debuted her collection at Parsons MFA spring/summer 2017 show during New York Fashion Week. Her career subsequently took off and she ascended into the pantheon of designers who host their individual fashion shows.

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In 2016, Rihanna sported an oversized pinstripe blazer by Gao for her performance at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in New York. The fashionista paired the orange linen jacket with other edgy designer staples, including a romper by Adam Selman and a white top by Chrome Hearts.

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In 2017, Chinese singer and fashion influencer Na Ying wore an Orient-inspired suit from Gao’s 2017 fall/winter on Sing! China, a popular Chinese singing competition television series broadcast on Zhejiang satellite TV. Having made her name overseas, Gao is establishing a presence in her home country with collections available at Beijing’s SKP Select.

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