Shanghai Fashion Week AW21 (April 6-13) is here and with that comes some label lickin’ goodness courtesy of the Week’s LABELHOOD, home to the most titillating China Fashion tantrums, showcase (April 7-11). Temper presents the 5W on our favorites of the line-up. Peng Tai: Check!
Taiwanese designer Peng Tai (formerly known as Dai Peng) graduated from the London School of Fashion in menswear and interned with fashion brands such as Lumen et Umbra, launching his first solo collection at the London Fashion Institute’s Menswear MA graduation show in 2016.
Romantic and whimsical like a fairy tale, Peng’s creations are about the balance between nature and humans and between human and clothing. Raw beauty aside, the man’s got a knack for textile and tactile innovation.
“The value of clothes is to experience, to wear,” so the designer’s mantra goes. Fast fashion with its market concept remains a firm favorite with the majority of the population, yet in order to walk at the forefront of fashion, swiftly following the trends of real-time TikTok or BiliBili updates, many people no longer seriously appreciate the beauty of a carefully constructed a dress.
Peng’s niche is a cool, breezy one that insists on true craft creations, fighting against time to try to make clothes that are “eternal.” Theatrical elements feature heavily in the overall layout design, whereas the label’s preferred fabrics tend to be more natural.
The designer soaks and boils the textiles in a variety of traditional Chinese herbs such as pepper grass, summer grass, ale leaf, hazelnut flowers, ensuring each piece is unified with nature. The delicate pleated details handcrafted on Peng’s garments reflect the beauty of the details and the ecological beauty of the garment.
The year was 2017. Peng graduates from the London School of Fashion and, as his idols Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Martin Margiela have done before him, embarks on a career as a solo brand artist.
Peng grew up in Taiwan, attended fashion school in London, and every item on display today is created in-house in Paris with a team of 10 artisans.
Over time, what we choose to throw on in the AM documents our view of the world and the world’s view of us, and clothing serves both as a capsule and a mirror, which carry memories and reflect us.
The Peng Tai brand wants to create harmony between people and clothing, aka the daily dialogue between the dressed up individual and his casual chic conversation with the world. It’s all about balance.
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