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Shanghai Fashion Week Springs Back to Life

- BY TIFFANY AP

For spring 2021, collection­s were presented in person.

SHANGHAI — After a season that experiment­ed with going fully digital in March and was met with mixed results, Shanghai Fashion Week sprang back to the physical world for spring 2021.

Still mainly a domestic affair, the lack of overseas participan­ts was felt but not nearly as much as with the big four fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Business overall seemed basically back to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to Shanghai Fashion Week organizers, based on the feedback from several brands, aligning with national figures released on Monday that showed retail sales were up 3.3 percent year-over-year. Some brands were even reporting they were back to growth compared to a year ago.

Sustainabi­lity was a strong thread throughout the agenda. The three-day

Shan Future Forum by Shaway Yeh brought together a range of industry speakers including Kering and The Woolmark Company to speak on the issue, exploring diverse topics like microbial fabrics, traditiona­l Indian techniques, and a primer on B-Corps. The Harrods Studio similarly organized eco-conscious panels and the week also played host to the Green Carpet Fashion Awards.

This season saw a fair number of foreign-trained talents relocate back to their native China. Names like Caroline

Hu, Susan Fang, Shie Lyu, and Wanbing Huang, who usually spend at least half or if not all of their time overseas, created some of the most interestin­g collection­s this season.

Here, a round-up of the designer highlights from Shanghai Fashion Week.

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Swaying
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Shie Lyu
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Yueqi Qi
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Yuhan Wang
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Shushu Tong

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