Designer Ryan Lo presents his ‘romantic fantasy’ retrospective catwalk show

Models at the Ryan Lo retrospective show

London designer Ryan Lo dazzled crowds in London at the weekend with a catwalk presentation held at the London Southbank Centre.

The runway show was crafted as part of ‘Fashion Undressed’ the Southbank Centre’s first-ever dedicated fashion weekend in association with MasterCard, committed to making fashion feel more inclusive and expose wider society to the often closed world of fashion. “Fashion Undressed with MasterCard explores fashion and creativity in all its forms and uncovers how these influences work to create our personal style and individual identity,” added Sabrina Henry, Fashion Curator for Southbank Centre.

At the heart of this celebration was Hong Kong born, London based designer Ryan Lo, and his fantastical creations. Each garment that made it down the runway fed into the designer’s brand ethos. This was no stuffy, closed door fashion show, but a huge party with clothes that were about having fun, and celebrating pure fantasy. Fabrics included tulle and lace, pink bows, and metallic accessories. The looks were styled by Victoria Young and the hair designs came courtesy of Bleach co-founder Alex Brownsell, whose salons in East and Central London are the hottest places to visit for dip-dyed locks.

“Ryan LO’s retrospective collection embraced all things young, fun and feminine, with a gang of girls storming the runway in garments worthy of any fairy tale. This show was a fantastic and refreshing way for fashion to feel more inclusive,” said WGSN womenswear assistance Joanne Thomas.

This catwalk retrospective proved the skills of Ryan Lo’s talent. The designer who found recognition on the fashion scene after studying at the London College of Fashion, also presented at off-schedule show ‘Fashion East’ and then took part in the ‘NEWGEN’ scheme, created by the British Fashion Council. He’s been a regular at London Fashion Week since 2012 and is committed to creating clothes for women that celebrate nostalgia, play, colour and romantic fantasy. This is not your average day wear, this is what you rock when you want to make a statement.

Speaking about the show Ryan described it as a “really fun and rewarding project, bringing together four years of hard work”. He added: “The Southbank Centre is massively important for the development of culture in London and it’s an honour to present a retrospective show there.”


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