The Raffles Privato show, during Shanghai Fashion Week, featured 13 collections from the best of the Raffles Design Institute, Shanghai's graduating fashion design class.
Some of the school's alumni are now the stars of Shanghai's fashion scene, including Helen Lee (class of 2000), who was on hand to witness the next generation of China's design superstars strut their stuff.
Not just a fashion show, this was a competition, with two major awards up for grabs and prizes including full Master's degree scholarships at Raffles, as well as the opportunity to have their line included in the Raffles Privato store. This outlet stocks the best of the school's fashion designs in Shanghai's most fashionable address – Xintiandi.
With themes including ‘Temples in the jungle’, ‘Round button’ and ‘Urban shadows’ variety was the spice of the show, though there was an odd commonality in color schemes. If these Raffles Design Institute fashion graduates are to be believed, orange is certainly going to be big in the autumn/winter season.
The two major prizes of the night rightly went to the stand-out collections. Natalia Kiantoro, whose ‘Twist’ collection, featuring beautifully draped silk chiffon pieces for both day and night, was one of the major prize winners. It wouldn't be a huge surprise to see her elegant evening wear being snapped up from the Raffles Privato store before too long.
Both Kiantoro and the night's other big winner, Roderic, showed collections exuding maturity, with the latter's boxy shapes and masculine edge proving to be true crowd pleasers.