Chinese designers show off their new creations

(4 Dec 2001) SHOTLIST

1.Tight China national flag to the stage
2. various shots of the show
3. Back stage make-up preparation.
4.Sot designer Flora Tinai (Mandarin): “I think a fashion show should involve different elements and should have different nation’s concepts.”
5. various shots of the show
6. Finale – Flora with models

7.Wide pull out from the blue lights and bonfire to the models.
8.Various shots of the show,
9. SOT designer Wu Hai-Yan (Mandarin): “I don’t want to have the show in hotel, it is like having KFC everyday, no characteristic. We want to characterize Chinese clothing, we want to make it a world brand. We shouldn’t just be a clothes making country, we should have our own designer, let’s call on the time of having our own clothing with special character.”
10. Finale, designer with models


China’s entry into the WTO (World Trade Organisation) together with the 9/11 tragedy has brought many new entrepreneurs to the country for China’s International Fashion Week, including Flora Tinai Cheong-Leen, a Hong Kong Chinese, based in London and New York.

Flora is a fashion designer and artistic director in performing arts. Her philosophy is to design for the individual, underpinned by a
value system of globalization, which recognizes today’s lifestyle and the local character of one’s own society.

Her ready-to-wear collections, ‘Pavlova’, ‘Aimulti-culture’,’Tinai London’ and ‘Flora Pavlovs’ are international names, sold in retail outlets in America, Europe, China and South East Asia countries.

Tinai’s fashion week show, ‘Ai peace’ (love peace) presented the latest street fashion collections for 2002. It was based on four main themes; China and the world, Movie Queens, Spanish holiday and Oriental rock and carried a message of ‘hope for and pursuit of world peace’ throughout all the collections.

The clothes were sexy tailored Lycras combined with fluffy soft furs denoting warmth and comfort. Patterns were multi-coloured photo montages alongside blocks of red with hair hidden under matching bandanas and beret style hats. There was an abundance of customised denim jeans and shorts covered with badges, emblems and graffiti style scrawls. Other fabrics were black and white animal prints and newspaper collage designs splashed with red mixed. Leather trousers were featured with coats and tops fringed with black and white fur trims.

Another designer out to impress at fashion week was Wu Hai-yan. Moving away from traditional show settings, Hai-yan set her scene in an empty, dark, and cold workshop, surrounding art and fashion with steel and stone. Her aim was to show the spirit of persistence of Chinese people and embrace the beauty of traditional Chinese culture.

Out of a darkly lit, smoke filled set, to sinister and atmospheric sounding music, the models emerged in black, white and burgundy satins and silks mixed with see through fabrics and a variety of heavy feather-like fringing and again fur trims. Styles left one shoulder exposed with long floaty skirts and dresses to the ankle. Hair was exaggerated intricately looped styles twisted onto the side of the head.

Woo is a native designer, keen to influence fashion on an international scale. She has worked as a designer for 16 years, designing for film, TV, and theatre and is the chief designer of China Clothing Group.

Last night, she received the award for top designer of this annual fashion week in Beijing.

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