Fashion Gets another Wang

Haizhen Wang took home the trophy - and the £10,000 bursary - for Fashion Fringe 2012 last night.

The Central Saint Martins alum, who has previously worked at Boudicca and All Saints, stole both the show and the imagination of one Christopher Bailey. The Burberry designer is this year's chair of the organisation and had been nurturing the three talents since their selection as finalists in May.

'It's such a privilege to work with talents like these,' said Bailey, who will return as chair of Fashion Fringe again next year, ‘the spotlight is shone on London and its creativity right now, and it’s an honour to be in a position to help nurture that talent.’

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The talent was abundantly clear last night at the BFC venue in Somerset House, as Wang sent his collection out alongside contenders Vita Gottlieb and Teija Eilola, with each collection displaying an attention to detail and a commerciality not normally associated with relatively neophytic fashion designers.

Wang’s collection was, of course, the outstanding one. With Japanese Samurai warrior armour as his starting point, he showed a finessed collection of sculpted leather, knife-point pleated silks and asymmetrical outer garments, with a conceptual approach to feminine form via embellished wicker panniers and draped silks.

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The Chinese designer will now follow in the footsteps of previous Fashion Fringe winners Erdem and Fyodar Golan in embarking on a two-year programme with the initiative,the brainchild of Colin McDowell, which was set up in 2003 in order to highlight the uniqueness and driven energy of British design. Wang will be given studio space at Somerset House as well as sales support, ongoing mentoring and business consultancy.

See the full catwalk show

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