The best things come in unexpected places. Thirty Eight Grosvenor, the refined Georgian townhouse in Mayfair, was not an obvious choice for the debut of Chau-rising, a label disrupting the fashion world with its designs as well as its attitude towards materials and sustainability.
And yet, the pairing of the historic house with the label’s bright, futuristic knitwear brought out the best in both, making for one of this year’s fashion week highlights.
Chau-rising was founded by Creative Director Liu Chaoying in 2017. The debut collection is inspired by the Chinese saying ‘extremes must be reversed’. In the clothes, this meant pairing soft cashmere with patchwork denim, and combining pastel shades with darker natural tones. The space was chosen to amplify the collection through the contrast between the psychedelic clothes and the eighteenth-century setting. The main hall, with its original ceiling frescos and fireplaces, was transformed into a runway. Presenting a selection of oversized knits, bright patchworks and custom digital weaves, the designer brought the future into the heart of old London.