NYFW SS2018 IN REVIEW: VICKY ZHANG – MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER
Chinese designer Xu Xinyin has set herself apart from all the fashion week mayhem with Vicky Zhang, a brand aimed squarely at mothers and their young children. And by mothers, we do mean those who probably have live-in nannies; because these elegant silk confections seem more appropriate for mother and child in the Lincoln Towncar en route to ballet class than the minivan drive to soccer practice variety.
Serenely chic, this “Lotus Parent-Child Collection” features dazzling floor-length evening dresses with the kind of flawless draping that only a graduate from hallowed Central Saint Martins like Ms. Xu can accomplish. Her statuesque models came floating down the runway in a variety of dresses in pale shades with touches of stronger jewel tones, accompanied by grade school kids in their pint-sized versions. Not an easy feat – making children’s clothes that don’t come off merely cute or just downsized recreations. Each piece was even more distinctive with beautifully modern details inspired by traditional Chinese dress.
The show climaxed with a march of the children carrying lighted lotus flower shaped paper lanterns in the dimmed space followed by their more seasoned model elders. If there was one flaw it is that the collection seemed unwieldy in its scope and could’ve benefited from editing by a stylist. Nevertheless it was an assured collection which will undoubtedly please its target market of well heeled moms and their adorable offspring.
By Joseph Pastrana / Images by Andrew Wright for New York Style Guide