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London Fashion Week preview: Haizhen Wang

Last season’s Fashion Fringe winner will make his on-schedule debut - and he says he’s getting gothic for autumn 13.

What are your inspirations for autumn 13?

I’m fascinated by how you can play with boundaries of traditional male and female clothing, how femininity and masculinity can be given a new meaning in different contexts. I’ve also been under a strong influence of gothic architecture.

What are the key items?

Tailored jackets that have been constructed with fastidious attention to detail. Leather trims are combined with Italian wool, with chunky herringbone wool playing a contrast theme.

And the key colours and fabrics?

The colours reflect the mood and inspiration: dark colours such as navy blue, burgundy and deep green. An element pointing to seductive motifs reflects through bright red and crocodile-skin textures. Italian felted wool is a base fabric, combined with leather, textured padding and knits.

What’s it been like creating this collection?

In many ways it’s been a special experience. Being so fortunate to win the Fashion Fringe award last season, I’ve now created a collection for my first solo on-schedule show, which requires options for different occasions and clients. This season is also more challenging in terms of timing, as the season is very short.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 6pm BFC Courtyard Show Space

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