I\'m Liu Qingyang. I’m a Beijing born girl. My brand is Chictopia. Chictopia is the combination of Chic and Utopia. I think it\'s a romantic and idealistic name, which very much matches the ideas of my creations. All the inspirations come from my life. It could be from things I like, maybe a film, or from my friends and family. I think anything could inspire design.
This time the inspiration came from a vintage wallpaper and piece of collage. Elements of decadence and brightness are combined. I actually intended to construct a slightly decadent but bright female image.
I’ve been inspired by the works of an artist called Guy Catling. He used many old white and black photographs and made a collage with garish patterns on them. His works have a strong visual effect and are quite modern as well.
I think maybe because I’ve had professional training in fabric design, I attach the greatest importance on choosing the fabric. Each season, I research and develop the fabric by myself, which is unique. This time we use a lot of wool, mixed woollen fabrics, space cotton and fabrics with an athletic or a leisurely feeling. Then, combined with the technology of pattern printing, we may create an athletic feeling on top of the vintage feeling.
As far as the shape of the garments go for this season, we employed the stereo clipping method. I made a design of many flowers extending from a single flower. On the whole, it has a very strong visual effect and shapely feel to it. We also made a half skirt with asymmetric clipping, which was made in an oval and round shape. So the entire shape is very simple and modern. There is also a strong contrast in the overall shape and pattern printing.
As I spend more time on this, I attach more importance on the combination of pattern printing or the fabric with the shape. They are in essence threaded together. It\'s also the same with my early autumn series. There is relevance between the stereo clipping of flowers and vintage pattern printing.
As I see, living young is more important than looking young. In fact, your appearance can present many things from within. Neither your stature, your age, whether you’re black or white can prohibit you from being fashionable. Wearing clothes with pattern printing will definitely influence your mood.