The moss-lined runway at Shiatzy Chen was the subject of much attention: from the guests, who initially wondered what it was, and from the show producers, who were desperately attempting to prevent the former from trampling it into an early demise.
Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia, aka Mrs. Shiatzy Chen, has drawn on her souvenirs and scattered them across her collection in the manner of cubist artists. Spliced together on a white coat, pink cherry blossoms cohabit with slashes of paint. Further on, Chinoiserie elements were piled at the bottom of a dress, giving from afar an almost Klimt impression. Chen has, as many others, tapped into the artistic mood that is floating through the Parisian scene. Silhouettes were modern classics, cardigan jackets paired with crimson skinny trousers, below-the-knee shift dresses. A bit more daring were the sheer pencil skirts highlighting the buttercup yellow, high-waist panties and matching triangle bra.
The whole proceedings had a certain pearly shine of raw silk to them that spelled Oriental luxury, and relied heavily on traditional craftsmanship. While there is a sense that the proceedings were predominantly destined to her loyal and loving Asian clientele, this collection had a charm that also spoke to the rest of us.