Minki Cheng autumn/winter 2016 collection presentation for LFW
Childhood memories and nostalgic references have already proved a popular source of inspiration amongst the designers at London Fashion Week this season, and for Minki Cheng, it was the retro entertainment of his youth that really informed his creations for autumn/winter 2016.
Taking otherworldly elements such as anime robots and cartoonish warriors, Cheng transforms them into edgy, contemporary looks for the modern wardrobe.
Cheng is known for his experimental approach to fabrics and techniques, something that could be seen this season in the metallic pocket details, appliquéd frayed ribboning and frills decorating knits and dresses. In one particularly florid case, a silver foil-like pleated skirt was dotted with neon bobbles for a striking finish.
Oversized zip-up jackets in an intricately textured metallic material are a particular highlight, cocooning the body for a dramatic silhouette. These, like many of the shorter looks, were paired with stilettos and a single grey sock for a quirky, almost childlike finish.
The vibrant colour palette – typical of Cheng’s style – is offset by grey and black jackets or jumpers, although even these relatively plain pieces have a touch of glitter woven into their surface. An oversized monochrome grid pattern adds structure to the loose, flowing silhouettes of wide-legged trousers and long-sleeved dresses.
A fun, modern fantasy of colours, shapes and fabrics – definitely a collection for the street style set.
Photos: Filippo L’Astorina