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Classic curves show off the Shanghai style

LU Kun believes in classic. The Shanghai-born, internationally famous designer previewed his latest collection at M1NT club last Saturday.

The restaurant and bar was turned into a catwalk where models with hairstyles from 1930s Shanghai paraded among tables and through the crowds.

You could not find any trace of the latest fashion trends in this collection of about 30 pieces. There were no jumpsuits, no harem pants, no big shoulders, no 1980s styles at all. Instead, there were dresses: feminine, sexy cocktail dresses the longest running to knee-high.

They were made of satin, silk, lace and light wool, in a palette of mysterious black and passionate reds and soft tones such as light blues and pinks. Most of them were skin-tight, with lace details featured on the back or around the hems. Animal prints like the leopard were prevalent.

"I believe that the classic elegant style never goes out of date," Lu says. "My dresses are absolutely wearable. Women always love feminine, sexy dresses that compliment their curves."

Lu's endless inspiration always comes from Shanghainese women.

"They might not be the most beautiful, however, they have this confidence and attitude that make them act like the sexiest divas," he says. "They can turn a baggy robe into a sexy dress, they are very clever!

"However, in order to create a style, you need to go back to the roots and dig deep to explore what it means," he adds. "Simply adding an embroidered dragon to a garment is not Chinese style."

Lu's style is created for women who not only have money but also have time.

"Many people think my clothes are made for women with model shapes only; on the contrary, I think they compliment every wearer's lines," he says. "After all, they are not daily outfits. The woman must know when and where to wear them, and most importantly, how."

It costs at least 6,000 yuan (US$878) to 7,000 yuan and about two to three weeks to have a custom-made exquisite dress from Lu's studio. He can be reached at 6345-1120.


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