Imagine a luxurious qipao cloaked over the body’s curve. That, in a nutshell describes the pleasure of slipping into a pair of XALF’s latest oriental collection. Inspired by a bygone era that is 1920s Shanghai, it boasts well-appointed Chinese motifs, including floral embroidery. Imaging lounging in palatial government suites amidst silk curtains and taking in a view of The Bund, all accompanied by the romance of nostalgia and impeccable taste.
Why Shanghai? Simply because it is the lifeline of China, a bustling metropolitan depended upon by the as a port of call and trading hub for the region. Much has changed about life where ancient kingdoms once flourished, but to be caught in a time warp, and so is the sight of women skilfully walking on dainty heels a throwback to yesteryears and wide-eyed curiosity of rapid industrialisation.
So, open your eyes and mind about the XALF’s interpretation of a time when luxurious jade, sequin and well-thought out cheongsams speak for themselves as XALF pulls vocabulary from the Chinese zodiac, patterned silk jacquard scarves and mandarin-collared shirts in a Chinese New Year collection to have and to hold on to.