As a working model for six years, I’m no stranger to runways. Walking in shows for Miami Fashion Week, Swim Week, Marchesa and other designers, I’m familiar with certain show formats. But SS21 New York Fashion Week shows are proving these standard runways are just the beginning. Nonetheless, there is something special about a runway show, it allows viewers to see the clothes in motion, and C.T. Liu’s Spring Summer 21 C+Plus SERIES digital presentation re-imagines runway shows into a virtual experience.
Inspired by the 2018 sci-fi film, Annihilation, Liu shares the collection is about self-destruction and evolution, yet the designs capture inner-femininity with neutral tones and fabric such as tulle and lace. He pairs items such as bodysuits over dresses and dresses with slacks. Powerful blazers with feminine shirts and pants symbolizing the pandemic world we are currently living in.
While one would think these components would not work together, they come together in a seamless way creating a stunning look. I found myself catching my breath, gushing over the designs in this ss21 collection, wishing I could see what the clothes looked like in person: my favorite, a blue and green tulle floor-length dress.
This digital presentation takes the runway experience to a new level. Music, background graphics, models and garments all make a show come to life. While some viewers may doubt designers and production teams can create the same emotional draw- Liu, however, meets the challenge. Digital presentations open a new window of opportunity utilizing video editing to provide different perspectives of the garments and even making one model feel like an entire cast. The C+plus SERIES does just that.
In my opinion, the final walk of any runway show is my favorite; it is when we can see the entire collection displayed together. Some may question how this element of a runway show is even possible with social distancing protocols during the global pandemic. Enter the art of video editing. The C+plus SERIES’s film director Zhu Zi @Zan created an edited finale displaying the collection one after the other in motion, just like an in-person finale.