How can you make spring florals innovative? Ask, Snow Xue Gao was the designer who defied “The Devil Wears Prada’s” phrase for her spring/summer 2022 collection. Gao’s collection was a tribute to her family’s heritage. She spent a lot of her childhood time in the garden of her grandmother, a Beijing opera singer. Gao also spent a lot of time painting traditional Chinese art, known as Gongbi. This collection was inspired by the peony flowers, which were very popular in China during the Tang and Song Dynasties.

woman holding pink and white bouquet of flowers

The peony was regarded as the king flower, symbolizing happiness and success. Gao wanted to show that expression with A-line silhouettes and bias cuts. This collection gives peonies a relaxed, modern approach to luxury.

Both houndstooth plaid and plaid were used in the suiting patterns, as well as a mixture of painted floral designs. The collection featured color-blocking and charmeuse designs, along with asymmetrical or deconstructed designs. This collection reflects a relaxed but tailored aesthetic. The presentation’s visual design included media art that helped to make the experience more memorable and dynamic. There was also a piano performance that attempted to portray Snow Xue Gao as a child.


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