I’m not usually a fan of showcasing collections as a presentation, I feel it lacks the sense of excitement that comes with the catwalk and it always tends to drag on a little too long. However, Wen Pan’s AW20 display went against my prejudgements. The designer transformed Fashion Scout’s presentation space into a microclimate – greenery covered the interior and the smell of fresh flowers transfixed you on entry.
This was Wen Pan’s third collection, having launched in 2018 the brand has quickly gained plaudits, shown through the likes of Selfridges and Layers stocking the brand. The collection was a progression from her SS20 showcase. The essence of nature is a key motif in the brand, and we saw this not only in the setting, but also in the clothing. Floral motifs were subtly entwined throughout, by layering with other pieces these florals didn’t feel dated, but instead young and fresh.
The designer has an ability to experiment with textiles that helped the collection stand out. Garments appeared ripped and fabrics mis-matched on silhouettes that gave, what was a very pretty collection, a particularly raw feel. From the colour palette, to the shapes of the silhouettes, to the surrounding smell, this collection encapsulated Autumn in a nutshell.
The only part that left me disappointed was the limited number of looks on show. This collection felt like a snapshot of the designer’s potential, which I’m sure she’ll reach soon. It just left me longing for more, and in a sense, quite frustrated. Perhaps as it was a presentation, the brand thought it was the right decision to show six looks, but I didn’t. I look forward to next season, and the development of a very exciting talent.
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