Xu Zhi star of Chinese fashion boom with support from Armani

Source:AFP Published: 2017/2/26 17:18:39

Hot up-and-coming designer Xuzhi Chen has landed his first show in Milan with the support of veteran Giorgio Armani, as China takes its place on the luxury fashion map.

Sweet-faced Chen, 24, who has been making waves in his home country, said showing at the prestigious Teatro Armani was "very stressful but really, really exciting, I couldn't ask for a better opportunity than this!"

He is not the only emerging Asian talent debuting in the northern Italian fashion capital: This season has seen Anna Yang present Annakiki and Angel Chen show off her eponymous label.

Snagging the Armani theater slot, though, is a huge boon: It's a launch-pad which has shot previous new designers to fame.

Chen told AFP on Saturday that Chinese fashion fans were now clamoring for home-grown talent.

"We've been economically booming for the past decades and now people are really hungry for creative stories and creations," he said.

The young designer studied at London's Central Saint Martins, the label - written as Xu Zhi - is London-based and his design team is made up of contacts he made in the British capital, but Chen is very in touch with his Chinese roots.

He is part of what has been dubbed by fashion bible Women's Wear Daily the "gang of six," a group of Chinese designers in their 20s who ventured abroad to study before setting up their own brands.

The gang includes Angel Chen, Momo Wang, Xiao Li, and duo Liushu Lei and Yutong Jiang.

AFP

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