Chinese Designer QingQing Wu introduces the VLOV Menswear Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, showcasing a style that infuses an assortment of sporty and futuristic element. Wu’s inspiration developed from the letter “V’” for equally its graphics and graceful simplicity. The show opens with tan rectangles on the backdrop showcasing on the runway a light grey nylon jacket with zipper and elastic cuffs paired with light grey pants with elastic cuffs. To achieve desired silhouettes, the China based designer integrated laser-cutting techniques and finish on modern wool, creased linens and imprinted fabrications. The collection illustrates a chic, innovative man who steps outside the box to make a statement.
The color palettes are divided into two themes: gray representing introspective elegance along with blue and white representing hope. The exhibition featured suits and separates and shorts with jackets. Wu successfully blends separates such as a bright blue blazer with white pants. The nylon and polyester fabrics create the glossy look giving it a trendy yet edgy feel; looks that can easily be worn after 5. The models exude cool confidence in line with the ingenious pieces. They are well-groomed revealing an outline of their chest with the partly opened jackets. The shoes were dressy closed-toe sandal-like shoes with an opening in the back.
The zipper effect persists throughout the garments. The asymmetrical zippers were adorned on blazers, jackets, and pants as a fundamental embellishment, characterizing the clever biker with an Asian finesse. Modish style flaunts a white waffled embossed suit with mandarin collar; embossed black nylon and cotton jacket with elastic cuffs and black cotton pants. Wu continuously encompasses elastic cuffs in his designs to signify graphic detail. Closing with a show stopper, the models came out in a cluster, shirtless baring their fit abs popping bodies with detailed shorts cut to line the knee.
Mr. Wu shows his daring spirit by unleashing an unconventional menswear collection for middle-class Chinese men. He attempts to merge an Asian twist whilst answering a mainstream audience. Proven in talent by winning the Menswear Design Award at China Fashion Week in 2009, his acclaim abroad has yet to be virally translated in the States. The typical American gentleman tends to play it safe making VLOV out of bounds for certain markets. Nonetheless, the VLOV fashion-forward collection is an evolutionistic take on traditional menswear, assuring him a place amongst breaking designers both now and in years to come.