Creating his collections in his atelier at La Madaleine, Chao offers contemporary and uncomplex “couture-to-wear” pieces for his label named “Liu Chao Paris”. After studying History of Arts at Sorbonne and History of Fashion at Studio Bercot, Lui Chao went on to further develop his skills by receiving training in haute couture embroidery at the Lesage House. Add this technique up to the exclusive development of rare fabrics and you can image just how high end his collections must turn out. The lights dim in the church with the ambient pulsating music transforming the atmosphere, the first embroidered dress approaches the clicking camera’s.
Contemporary? Yes! Uncomplex? We would beg to differ. While Liu Chao’s craftsmanship and aesthetic is very clear, the intricate and outlandish designs are surely complex when it comes to concept and target audience. In a very positive way to be exact though. He fuses the bizzare, large puffy dresses in pastel colours with darker, rougher silhouettes that have a more folkloristic feel beautifully. All of the dramatic headdresses and accessories add to this even more, complementing the deconstructed leather looks and balancing out the more demure looks, if any. Some of the creations even feel very futuristically bohemian, like the velvet embroidered maxi dress or the leather wrap-around dress with fringes. Another item that especially caught our eye was the black leather clutch with super long fringes that dangled all the way down to the floor. Liu Chao has definitely delivered proof that he is one to watch with this collection.