The Next Big Thing: Ryan Lo, Fall ’14
Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month rolls on, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.
Label: Ryan Lo
Need to Know: Born in Hong Kong and showing for the first time outside of Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East, Ryan Lo presented his playful collection titled Orange Is the New Pink in London’s Tate Modern as part of NewGen. With strong industry support—from Susie Lau writing his press releases to working with super-stylist Charlotte Stockdale’s Chaos Fashion on styling, Lo’s presentation was a girly nod to Americana that encompassed his ongoing focus on romantic fantasy and love. A distinct sense of fun was felt throughout, with smiling and relaxed models showing off gold and silver quilted and frilled skirts and jackets paired with multicolored sneakers with diamanté details, made in collaboration with Swear. Elongated dresses in gray or black-and-white knits or pink glittery Lurex had a more grown-up and polished feel, but that was quickly balanced with pink and orange shimmering fabrics and scrunched-up swan down-lined capes. Standout looks included an eggshell long knit dress underneath a frilled long cardigan of the same color worn with yellow sneakers and topped with a Stetson cowboy hat, and an orange transparent blouse over a pink scrunched-up skirt with a pink cowboy hat on top.
He Says: “This season we polished my woman. I worked with a team of women, and you can see that in the collection. They are no longer girls; they are chic and sexy, with bare legs and a cool attitude. My collections are always about love, and this started with Pocahontas. She was running, painting colors on the wind, and fell into a time vortex trying to find her lover.”
Where to Find It: Opening Ceremony, VFiles in New York, K3, Beams in Japan.