Top seamster goes beyond red carpet
Updated: 2015-04-24 11:25
By Xu Junqian in Shanghai(China Daily USA)
Lu Kun, the "little seamster of Shanghai", returned to Shanghai Fashion Week with his first ready-to-wear collection. Photos Provided To China Daily
Lu Kun, Shanghai's favorite designer, made his name and wealth from his red carpet and party gowns but recently switched over to designing daywear for young working women.
"Fashion, by definition, is something that can be popularized, and I want dresses that bear my name and style to be worn by as many people as possible," the 34-year-old said after his latest collection debuted at the 2015 Fall Winter Shanghai Fashion Week.
Lu and his two full-time tailors make 30 to 60 handmade dresses a year. He charges upwards of 20,000 yuan ($3,225) for a tailor-made dress but his ready-to-wear collection, Mikumkum, is much cheaper at 800 to 2,000 yuan per garment.
Last week's show was dominated by dresses and skirts.
Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham have worn Lu's signature, form-fitting pieces - inspired by corsets and traditional Chinese qipao - during their visits to the city, but these were absent from the runway this month.
They were replaced by comfortable and practical dresses suitable for the office and urban living. Some included flourishes like a black sash or high-waist ruffles to flatter the wearer's figure; others saw black velvet combined with satin in shades of red and purple.
"The inspiration is from the eye-shadow palettes you typically find in a woman's purse. Black may be a safe bet, but brighter colors make it more stylish," said Lu, who is often compared here to Italian duo Dolce & Gabbana.