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Shang Xia, wiser fashion

Growing value of the planet fashion, this is Yang Li. At 34, he became the fashion designer for Shang Xia, one of the first luxury houses in China, whose name literally means “turn upside down”, translated by its founder Jiang Qiong Er. For those who read between the lines, one hears “beauty of contrasts”, “past and future”, “tradition and modernity”.

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With a modern vision of design, blended with ancient Chinese handicraft heritage, Shang Xia also sets landmarks from east to west. The art of weaving felt, cashmere, fine china and bamboo decorates furniture, objects, accessories and bags. If Hermès is the brand’s shareholder, Exor (the holding company of the Agnelli family) entered the capital in 2020 as the majority shareholder. Isn’t this the secret of the fuller character of the beautiful Chinese woman, still too little known in France?

Jiang Qiong Er, designer, general and artistic director of Shang Xia. DR / Luca Tombolini

Whatever, Yang Li is clearly present to take the claw out of his comfort zone. Admittedly, he’s mildly adapted his style, but he imposes his momentum and imperial energy. Pekingese grew up in Australia, studied in London at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, then, at just 24 years old, founded his own minimalist and punk label. “Yang Li has a wonderful ability to capture today’s China and translate it into a sumptuous international language. He can invent the universe. Very few young Chinese designers, even talented ones, understand both the world of luxury and the world of fashion.” says Jiang Qiong Er, designer, general and artistic director of Shang Xia.

This new chapter has opened with pomp at the Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2022, which, having conquered the architectural silhouettes, chose its show as one of the most beautiful of the season! In fact, the models cause a sensation with their enveloping and fluid volumes, bathed in rich colors such as the house’s typical cobalt, these fluorescent yellows and neon pinks. Multiplying proportions, the young designer demonstrates his virtuosity in the play of scales and superpositions, duality and contrasts (his calling card), using an abundance of puffy or almost liquid knitwear, thick satins and exceptional silks. Some of them, lacquered, reflect light as if they were jets of water. As for the clothes, they are both Asian and Western, first of all, very luxurious.

The connection between new fashion and decor

Young stylist Yang Li and his imperial energy mark a new beginning for the Chinese brand.

Young stylist Yang Li and his imperial energy mark a new beginning for the Chinese brand. DR / Luca Tombolini

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