If you’re familiar with Ryan Lo’s label, you’ll have pre-empted the following sentence already: Ryan Lo AW17 was, as ever, an absolute cacophony of saccharine delights. This season, the collection was influenced by Tokyo street style & art, which translated into big statement shapes and textures – combined with the label’s individual touches (those crochet tulle flowers still going strong!) and with some subtly 80s puff shoulders, it made for another exciting season.
In collaboration with Hello Kitty, Ryan’s ongoing exploration of print ups its game; the Hello Kitty prints are not the type you see everyday. They’re inventive and playful with just a hint of subversion about them, much like all of Ryan Lo’s work, and they were worn clashed under organza dresses and as ball gowns with endless ruffles. Overall, shapes and patterns got a little funkier for Ryan Lo this season (reflected in the incredible Stephen Jones hats & the lashings of oversized plastic pearls) – as Susie Lau writes in their statement, there’s an element of homage to the iconic Fruits magazine as it ceases publication. It’s clear how this has influenced the label for AW17 – there’s a definitive street wear element that we haven’t seen before from Ryan Lo in the oversized jumpers, drop hem dresses, camo prints & hoods. In their vibrant, sugar sweet colour palette, these pieces are a totally fresh take on their original form.
This is Ryan Lo’s 10th show & 5th anniversary, and the new, inventive shapes, patterns & textures coming through from the brand seem to forecast an ever-brighter future post NEWGEN.