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Lookbook: Lui Hon ‘Estherian’ S/S 2011/12

The term “softly-spoken” seems invented for Lui Hon. However the designer’s apparent reservedness is overcome whenever he speaks of his work, such is the life and soul he infuses into each artistic range. His upcoming collection for Spring Summer 2011/12 hits, as ever, close to home. It is entitled ‘Estherian’; a word derived from his sister’s name and the designs inspired by her tenacity.

Lui Hon Esterian

Lui’s signature 1920’s, Grecian, draping is still present but this time he desired “more structure” by way of sturdier, but never stiff, fabrics. Hon is thoughtful with fabric choice, it has to fit or float around the body in a particular way and only one “textured” print makes the cut this season. He is conscious that the designs have to be fresh but also fit in with  his collections past and those to come.

Lui Hon Esterian

As such, Estherian is highly versatile. Pieces can be worn back to front, layered and Hon has even included hidden fastenings so the basic shape of many of the designs can be moulded as the wearer sees fit.  Estherian is also concerned with the different body shapes that will soon inhabit the range. Many of the tops feature an open cross back for free movement, mini skirts are intended to be layered over one another for more or less coverage and dresses can have their draping altered so they are flattering across the hips.

Lui Hon Esterian

Trend-wise Hon includes his own ‘Black Swan’ moment (in reality they are rooster feathers) with inky feathered leggings and a feathered skirt that triples as a collar or waistbelt. Vegetable-dyed leather is also a welcome addition to the collection.

Lui Hon Esterian

While Hon describes what he does as “telling a little story”, as you watch him transform his own designs, with a tuck here and twist there, I’d liken it more to painting a masterpiece.

Lui Hon Esterian

Lui Hon Esterian

Lui Hon Esterian

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