Apu Jan catwalk show report A/W 2015 for LFW
Taking inspiration from an imaginary forest for his A/W 2015 collection, Apu Jan takes us on a whimsical exploration through dreamlike woodland. Storytelling has become synonymous with the Apu Jan label and this collection was no exception.
Patterned jacquard in shades of grey, white and black, with bright pops of red, gave the collection a truly autumnal feel as models strut down the catwalk. Digital prints were brought to life by designer Ying Wu; delicate insects, animals and fairies printed across the surface of silks and woven pieces made the finished result exquisite and unique.
The designer’s strong knitting skills enabled him to construct pieces with a unique form. Various hand and machine knitting techniques were present, in the form of fine long-sleeved tops and chunky lattice-style heavier knits. Red cropped jumpers and black roll necks were transformed with cut-outs making them look sexy and feminine. Tailored city shorts and culottes were paired with loose knits, and layered with structured capes and jackets in the prominent digital forest print.
Complimenting the fantasy vision was DJ Question Mark who combined electronic sounds, vocal bass, guitar, violin and drums to produce music that interweaved the idea of a forest fantasy into a live catwalk performance.
Oversized floppy hats and 3D printed antler accessories adorned the models’ hair continuing Jan’s escape into a forest dreamland. The accessories were a beautiful finishing touch to an enchanted walk through a whimsical fantasy land. Jan proves time after time the beauty behind combining surrealism with reality.
Photos: Chloe Newman