China Fashion Week: Deng Hao Haute Couture

Posted on November 01, 2011

Here’s your pretty for the day. Words are occasionally useless things, so we’re not saying another one except to tell you that this is the Deng Hao Haute Couture 2012 Collection, presented during China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 in Beijing, China.

Enjoy the amazing pretty, darlings.












[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      Oh China Fashion week, NEVER CHANGE.

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      Gorgeous, all of it. I love the big rose window, it has an Emerald City vibe that I love.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a few gorgeous looks here, but the majority of them look like drag costumes.

    • MilaXX

      I always love these type of fashion weeks post. Just love the other-worldliness of them all.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty is not a big enough word….LOVE!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBZQXGWCTBDTAZMEM4S2EJUNUQ Katie

      Beautiful … and some of those models really know how to work it.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      GORGEOUS. I want to live in this world.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

        That is exactly it! I want to live in a place where I can see things like this in ordinary places. 

    • Anonymous

      Such beautiful colors!  There is something vaguely Spanish about these looks, though I don’t quite know why I feel that way.  Maybe it’s the shapes, or the way the necklines are designed?  Bah, who cares – it’s so pretty to look at after a long day.  Thanks TLo!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

        Highly ornate, Moorish patterns are pretty Spanish, maybe that’s it?

        • Anonymous

          Moorish patterns. Are the from something specific or just in the general style? In any case, they are really striking in this palette. Thanks for the info.

          • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

            I would buy up a line of fabric developed from this….

    • Anonymous

      Stunning.  My favorite is the 4th from the bottom, which is also the most wearable.  Maybe she’ll let me borrow it sometime.  I guess I would have to get out my very best panties, or probably just a slip.

    • Anonymous

      I am curious why we (or maybe it’s just, “I”) seldom see so many of these looks in the United States. True, a few of them are far too intricate and gorgeous for your standard red carpet starlet. But some of them are quite wearable in that context, and would be stunning and unique. And I could certainly see a Katy Perry or Lady Gaga wearing some of the more “out there” looks. Is it just difficult to get the clothes over here?

      • Anonymous

        Might there be some opting for ‘home country’ or at least less politically charged-origin products?  You may recall that the refrain has been repeated again and again when First Lady Michelle Obama wears clothes from non-American designers.  While some red carpet personalities wouldn’t necessarily receive quite that level of political scrutiny, I can see that the PRC may be a dicey source of the goods.

        As an IP attorney,  I find this country of origin issue crops up frequently.

        All the best,

        NDC

        • Anonymous

          Tariffs maybe?  Or simply a lack of export channels?  Lack of a need/desire for Western hemisphere business to put up with the headaches of sizing up and exporting?

          • Anonymous

            Plus, these days with so many starlets borrowing clothes or getting them for free, the concept of actually purchasing couture may a harder sell.

      • Helen C

        Starlets also wear for labels.  Uncle Karl can produce some rag of crap and there still would be celebrities fighting to wear it because it’s Chanel.  

      • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

        They remind me of the McQueen dress Gaga wore to the 2010 VMAs. There are a few that she’d totally kill it in.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        from my own experience, it’s very difficult to import high end soft goods from asia into the united states. i dont mean things like cars, i know nothing of importing cars or electronics. but a little over five years ago, when i still had money, i’d planned to start a business importing clothing– i guess the best way to describe it would be like the edgiest stuff worn by what were once called the harajuku girls. it may not seem like it, but this stuff is really expensive.

        it’s a long story but i couldnt do it. there were a lot of problems. i would think someone like gaga [or whoever] would have enough money to get it done, cos you’d need lots just to even hire the people you would need to be middlepersons, i guess is how to say it now. & it is an extraordinary hassle. i gather it isnt worth it for most people to bother. then again, we are seeing more asian designers on the red carpets, at least. prabal gurung comes to mind right away but there are others.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks so much for all the insight! Maybe one day it will be easier to
        get that clothing here. I remember some pictures TLo posted from a China
        fashion show several months ago — I think Carmen Dell’Orifice walked
        in that show — and the clothes were just amazing. “Amazing” doesn’t
        even do them justice. I’d just love to see them off the runway!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

        I think it’s adorable how people are saying that it’s because of some convoluted anti-fashion exporting laws or because the starlet’s love their freebies too much to make their own fashion decisions. But let’s be real: This all comes down to racism.

        The predominately White fashion industry in the US will rarely budge for anyone for isn’t a White American or a White European. (And before anyone says anything, whether the racism is intentional or not does not mitigate the damage that it causes.) The result is that most US audiences don’t get to know the work of a talented artist like Deng Hao.

        So I say thank you sooo much TLo for sharing this post with us! I hope you’ll be able to us more.

    • Anonymous

      Very pretty, but what’s up with that last model’s posing? She looks like she’s doing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance.

      • Anonymous

        Ha, you got that exactly right!

      • Anonymous

        Or flamenco perhaps? There is a very Spanish vibe to these clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Hooray for intense color, texture and fantasy! This is a heapin’ helpin’ of gorgeous. Although, that one shot of the model with her hands coming out of the middle of the dress is Alien-level creepy.

      I would wear dresses #4 and #8 in a heartbeat. And I’d rock the SHIT out of Safeway doing my errands!

      Thanks for the end-of-day pretty T Lo.

      • Anonymous

        The hand is coming out of the sleeve–she’s turned sideways, looking over her shoulder.

        • Anonymous

          Bwwahahaha… You’re right! How hilarious. Even funnier is that is the side view of dress #4, which is one of my faves.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

      That’s the prettiest stuff I’ve ever seen. I want that sheer floral number to be curtains in my house, which is probably a huge insult to the designer, but nevertheless, I dig those textiles!

    • Anonymous

      Very pretty. I mean it’s no printed caftan, but pretty none-the-less. Actually I love the dark florals. The ‘cathedral’ window really goes with these clothes.

    • Chantelle James

      Beautiful. I don’t even want to wear them as much as I want to look at and touch them.

      • Nicole Ralston

        I know! I wish I could see these up close – the textures are unreal!!

    • Anonymous

      Was that a stage version of Fantasia, “Waltz of the Flowers” I just saw?  WOW.

    • Anonymous

      BOW DOWN TO CHINA FASHION WEEK!  It’s always amazing, full of beautiful color and intricate design. I love it.

      More, please!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOM6YR4RJ53AF77MUUZ62J33WY Anonymous

      Wow! So amazing! Would it be odd to call it both Gothic and organic?

      • Anonymous

        Not at all.  It would be truer to the “original” meaning of Gothic, anyway!  :)

    • Anonymous

      I want the red dress, the fourth one down.  That is all really beautiful work.

    • Anonymous

      What’s with the Scarlett O’Hara gowns??? I don’t get this at all. 

    • Anonymous

      I love it! What a bizarre sampling of inspirationsl Flamenco/dance gowns, royal gowns, with some 40’s/50’s silhouettes and lush Chinese fabrics — totally strange and unique.

    • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

      Gorgeous costume!  I could see them on stage at the Opera!  Pretty beautiful and interesting.

    • Anonymous

      I would love it SO MUCH if we could see some of these on the red carpet, even if they were toned-down versions. Those models are fierce, though.

    • Anonymous

      Love the textures. And look at that last girl! She is so paws up.

    • Anonymous

      Now that is high fashion, haute couture, and fiber as art.  Well done!

    • Anonymous

      I like 7 and 9 best; 9 would be gorgeous if it were lined.  I’m not all that keen to see your panties.

    • Anonymous

      Long time lurker and fan here. I don’t get to comment often, but wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you TLo for sharing posts like this one. Beautiful and inspiring and I wouldn’t be exposed to this designer outside of your blog. xoxo from the traveling cat…

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      this is where fashion’s going. it’s also from where the best of it is arriving.
      when you look at stuff like this, you dont need words that no longer have much meaning, ie: avant garde. this transcends that.

      i like six the best. eight & eleven i like too. i think four & eleven are different views of the same garments.
      i like all of them, actually, but these i wanna single out for favor. i’d rather the big flowers were invisible.
      again, you are right about the words or, truly, their unnecessary presence hereupon.

    • Anonymous

      ooOOOOoohhhh…

      Pretty.

      I want to touch those fabrics.

    • Anonymous

      Really beautiful looks, especially the first one and the ninth one. However, I will crack up if hoop skirts make it to red carpet in the U.S.!

    • Anonymous

      I actually gasped out loud and clutched my hands to my chest like the drama queen I sometimes am looking through these. Can anyone else see Helen Bonham Carter in some/most/all of these amazing gowns?

    • Anonymous

      There’s a lotta cupcake vibe going on in those dresses….

    • Anonymous

      Gorge.  Thanks for the pretty, T Lo!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

      oooo I love the third from the bottom and I usually hate that silhouette. I was thinking that maybe the fabric was Indian-inspired with a nod to Spanish shapes, but the moor-concept might be dead on. Whatever the inspirations, these are gorgeous, and I adore the runway and styling.

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful!

    • Anonymous

      delurking to say – i guess this just isn’t my cup of tea. with a couple exceptions, most of this looks tacky and cheap to me, like trashy gothic-courtesan costumewear. 

    • Diana Ye

      I love discovering new designers through you guys. I found pictures of some of his older work, which is also gorgeous: http://www.flickr.com/photos/songy/3203130979/sizes/o/.

      • Anonymous

        Thank-you for the link!

    • Anonymous

      Works of Art

    • Anonymous

      Can you just imagine seeing these garments up close. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/inapartosa Ina Partosa

      THESE. ARE. GORGEOUS. 

      WOW. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow.  Just wow.  There are no words to do those clothes justice.

    • Anonymous

      I think I just heard 3 down say, Fiddle dee fucking dee y’all

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Thats more than just our pretty for the day.  Just love.

    • Anonymous

      The most beautiful Barbie cakes ever!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Oh WOW> What an incredible melding of classical Chinese fabric techniques and Couture.  The level of workmanship is staggering on each piece.  I’m in awe.  And I love the use of color throughout.

    • Anonymous

      I remember last year’s photos from China Fashion Week. They blew me away, and so do these. The colors are so rich, and I just long to touch the fabrics.  Interesting that a rose window from a gothic cathedral was used as background. The world just keeps shrinking.

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      stunning

    • Anonymous

      Def. 4th from bottom though I would ask, as if, that the neckline have the butterfly or whatever taken out.   The Chinese take on just about anything is always so out there.

    • Anonymous

      lovely.  a virtual garden of flowers and butterflies.

    • Addicted2Glamour

      While a few of these looks border on the costume-y ( the hoop skirts in particular are quite “Scarlett O’Hara in Wonderland” ) the colors and fabrics and textures look sumptuous – I just want to touch every one of these. And the seventh one down is DIVINE.  

    • http://twitter.com/watchinginkdry Dr Skylaser

      COLOR COLOR COLOR YAY.

    • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

      *swoon* So much love!  The colors!  The silhouettes!  Thank you so much for featuring this, TLo!!

    • Anonymous

      Wow. Color hits me first, but it’s the detail and intricacy that keeps my eye.

      #4 (& 11 which looks similar if not the same) are my favorites.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      I would love to see some of these dresses on the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards. Wouldn’t that be fabulous!

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      I had chills by the time I reached the second image. Stunningly, stunningly beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      One thing about Asian designers — they are NOT afraid of colour.
      Gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      Exquisite

    • Anonymous

      Tom and Lor, I wish you had critiqued this collection so the laymen amongst us could comprehend the principles and dynamics of far-out collections like these and understand where they fit in the larger world of fashion.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        Yes!  It was a HUGE palate cleanser after Joshua’s collection photos too!  I’m deep in want now….want to touch, want to see more, want to know more….want!

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

      Seriously…China’s Fashion week is my personal favorite.

    • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

      I would love to study fashion design in China. 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the mental Xanax – calmed me down and made my brain happy after reading the Josh and Anya recaps. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

      Interesting. Very different from Tokyo Fashion Week!

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

      Somehow you just don’t expect this kind of frivolous, never-going-to-be-actually-worn fashion to come out of China of all places.

    • Anonymous

      Picture #6: Fierce! I love it when a model with a long neck!

    • http://thehappyheathen.blogspot.com Evita Smith

      So much ♥