For the Spring Summer ’18 collection Renli Su looks back to her childhood spent growing up by the sea in China’s Fujian province. Water has always been a recurrent theme in Su’s work, and here becomes the central focus, with inspiration taken from Yuji Obata’s photographs of falling snowflakes, from which ideas of transience, impermanence and change form the basis of her collection.
Oversized silhouettes with softened curves and rounded cuts evoke the winding streams and organic forms found along China’s Southeastern coast, while cloud-like textures and delicate ruffle details call to mind the froth and fury of the sea. The force of moving water finds expression in skirts made from panels of different striped cotton fabrics, with their clashing lines lending the collection a flowing, directional rhythm.
Photography/ Marc Hibbert
Styling/ Nina Walbecq
Make up/ Meekee Song
Hair/ Asahi Sano
Model/ Katie Neels @ Elite London