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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
Six influential Chinese designers have collaborated to produce Cool Wool collections, which will be available to buy from multi-brand concept store Dongliang in early-2017. CHINESE LABELS UNITE FOR COOL WOOL Yirantian, known for striking a balance between comfort and creativity, uses three kinds of Shandong Ruyi Group fabrics in shades of black and coffee-beige – colours which are cool, laid- back yet convey an easy elegance - to create timeless and classic pieces. Boundless chose two fabrics from Shandong Ruyi Group perfect for a travel collection. Chosen for their moderate density, breathability, fine yarn count and natural elasticity, these fabrics had the essential features for the collection. Babyghost takes the wild child on an adventure, in cool, neutral shades of textured grey and dark blue, using fabrics from Jiaxing Diyang Textiles. Xu Zhi created simple, neat and classic silhouettes that pay tribute to the artist Monet’s iconic natural scenery. The fine details of the Holland & Sherry fabrics express Xu Zhi’s signature design aesthetic for women: independent and strong, yet soft and feminine. Chinese consumers will soon get the chance to buy the latest Cool Wool collections from six influential, independent labels, thanks to a collaboration between AWI and multi-brand concept store Dongliang. First shown in October during Labelhood Pioneer Fashion & Arts Festival, as part of Shanghai Fashion Week spring/summer 2017, the collections will be available in store at Dongliang Shanghai and HUG Chengdu from February 2017 onwards. The Cool Wool collaboration aims to highlight the trans-seasonal and lightweight properties of Merino wool and extend the retail season for wool apparel into spring and summer, thereby increasing the demand for Australian Merino wool. The initiative educated the designers about the fibre’s provenance, wool fabric development and technical innovations, to gain deeper knowledge and greater inspiration about the fibre. It also helped connect the designers with suppliers along the wool supply chain. Shushu/Tong, Yirantian, Boundless, Babyghost and former International Woolmark Prize finalists Ban Xiao Xue and Xu Zhi each created their own unique interpretations of Cool Wool fabrics, ranging from 17.5 microns to 21.5 microns. Each look, based around the theme Globetrotting with Cool Wool, showcased the natural qualities and modern functionality of Merino wool, such as breathability, temperature regulation, softness, elasticity and elegance. Signature pieces with customisable details further demonstrated how Cool Wool can be suited for any season, place or occasion. 16 OFF FARM Six Chinese designers presented a ‘Globetrotting with Cool Wool’ fashion show at the Labelhood Pioneer Fashion & Arts Festival, as part of Shanghai Fashion Week spring/summer 2017.
In the Shops - March 2017