It’s been a month since we’ve had an occasion to see the latest PINGHE AW17 collection of PINGHE. Ping He is a Chinese, London-based designer, who enchanted us with her clothes during Paris Fashion Week. She know a lot about fashion as she has worked with the “la creme de la creme” of the fashion industry ( Alexander McQueen, Camilla Staerk, Aftershock London). She also received the British Fashion Council prize for “Best Rising Star”.
Inspiration by a Dangerous Woman
In Paris, she presented her PINGHE collection inspired by photos in Mia Fineman’s book “Snapshot of Dangerous Women”. While talking to us, Ping He cited her most influential sentence in the book: “So here she is, ladies and gentlemen, so appealing, so dangerous, so lovely to look at. This is natural, this is a woman I want to create. I want to make her feel comfortable. My clothes are here to complete her look and character so that she feels confident and natural.”
The PINGHE designer focuses on textile. She underlined her choice of only soft and skin friendly fabrics. ” We were using a lot of soft jerseys, on jackets, on skirts. They make you feel comfortable. I believe that when you feel comfortable, instantly you feel sexy”. Ping says that this is her searching for the real beauty.
We also asked her to describe her PINGHE collection in five words. It’s feminine and masculine, lovely, comfortable, confident. And you can really discover these features while looking at the clothes. They are definitely for women, but there is something masculine in them. At the same time, Every piece is a statement itself and makes you think about comfort and confidence. The colors mixed and matched in the collection look lovely but also very natural. The PINGHE designer says that it’s “natural” that empowers women and by understanding women, she tries to make them feel stronger. “Woman has her life, has her husband, her children, her work, her friends. It’s not like she wants to stand out in a shocking way. This is what my collection is about. I want her to stand out in a mature and elegant way”.
The main palette makes us think about utility, black, white, beige, khaki, showing the working moods of the women. There are many oversized coats, trousers, dresses, and dungarees. They look very feminine thanks to embroidery and flower patterns. Luxurious leathers and chunky knits accompany an earthy palette of camel, khaki green and white with yellow, red, and blue