Chinese-born, London-based surrealist fashion designer Yang Du has just popped up on my fashion radar (I say ‘popped’, more back-flipped onto my monitor performing a synchronised break-dance extravaganza to Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer‘ accompanied by a menagerie of kazoo playing marsupials). Like I said. Surreal.
Taking inspiration for her collections from exotic destinations and heavily influenced by the witty and provocative designs of Franco Moschino, Du’s work is heavy on innovation and gratuitous frivolity and really does inject some much-needed humour back into fashion…I love it!
XMyHeart a/w 2010
Goodbye practicality…hello FUN factor! Optimism is the new realism people…it’s time to get your smile on…
Mr Right Town s/s 2010
Buda and Pest a/w 2009
Falling in Love is a Risk a/w 2008
Already a cult figure in Japan and China, and with work experience for Galliano, Westwood and Giles Deacon under her belt, Du seems set for an interstellar epic of a career. Head over to Du’s website to view the full lookbook for a/w 2010’s XMyHeart, or check out the Tien.org to view the full set of images for Buda and Pest and Falling in Love is a Risk – and shop the accessories…like this super cute bee hat!!
Please excuse me while I regress to the halcyon days of childhood…♥