London-based Hong Kong designer, Christie Lau, was confronted with a stark alternative simply 4 weeks earlier than this 12 months’s BA Vogue commencement present at Central Saint Martins. Regardless of being a digital/augmented-reality designer, her tutors knowledgeable her she couldn’t “stage” an augmented present and should put one thing, or somebody, down the runway in additional standard fashion. Lau, annoyed on the comparatively brief discover, and lo-fi mindset, thought of her choices, earlier than the sunshine, or the algorithm, went on. If she couldn’t show fashions carrying her virtual-, augmented- or mixed-reality seems to be, she’d parade fashions carrying human-sized QR code cubes down the runway, which viewers might then scan on their telephones to see her augmented designs (“anti-gravity” hoodies and floating trench coats) – consider them as invites to the metaverse. By so doing, Lau introduced the home down, and was immediately anointed a “new star” of CSM and London “fashionlore”.
Hong Kong Designers: Christie Lau Plans an Augmented Actuality Exhibition
“My assortment expresses the mismatched actuality seen by the lens of machine studying,” says Lau. “I wished to reimagine mundane day by day environments and recognisable on a regular basis characters as a game-style expertise throughout the metaverse. Inside the assortment, I reinterpreted on a regular basis clothes in order that they’ll solely exist digitally. It’s a digital absurdist tackle the on a regular basis context. By my QR code cubes, I hope to subvert what trend is and will be, by eradicating the context of trend away from the bodily physique and on to the digital our bodies by AR/VR.” At the moment collaborating with Meta, she’s planning an augmented-reality exhibition in a gallery close to you someday quickly and can present her exaggerated QR code dice canvases as buyable artworks in their very own proper. K11 Musea and Adrian Cheng, anybody?
KWK by Kay Kwok Returned to London Vogue Week
KWK by Kay Kwok returned to London Vogue Week after an eight-year absence, and 2022 noticed the flamboyant designer making up for misplaced time. Digitalisation and the drive in direction of gamification are key to the model, and Kwok showcased timeless themes of seduction, glory and energy within the Chinese language anthology, with the theme “The Legend of Deification”, set within the distant future 12 months 2100. Fairly the metamorphosis, it was impressed by Sixteenth-century deities-and demons fiction, which offer a wealth of folklore and fantasy characters for reimagination – of explicit observe, the Daji and 9-tailed Fox. Kay’s distinctively futuristic contact takes centre stage on this charismatic and cheeky assortment with steampunk-inspired aesthetics, breathtaking silhouettes, unique supplies and fluid, layered textures. And wait until you see his avatars. Kwok, a former HK PolyU graduate and Alexander McQueen intern, counts A-Mei, Joey Yung and Landy Wan amongst his luminous followers. And everybody who witnessed this present in London.