Shanghai Village, perfectly located just next to Shanghai Disney Resort, is home to some of the most exciting international brands, as well as China’s most talented emerging and established designers. For serious fashion fans, the Village’s Chuang x Yi boutique offers access to cutting-edge creatives like by FANG, Ms Min, Helen Lee and MASHAMA. To celebrate this exciting wave of creativity we got to know celebrated designer Fang Yang...
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Fang Yang is the founder of by FANG, a fashion house crafting both ready-to- wear and couture collections. Born in China, Fang studied fashion at ESMOD in Paris where she built a family and started her journey as a designer. Inspired by the creative energy in Shanghai, she returned to her birth land in 2013.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
Shanghai is one of the most exciting places in the world. It has such a vibrant energy. There has been so much change in Shanghai; there’s a juxtaposition of the old and the new, which I find fascinating. There is incredible modern architecture and new museums, but the city also offers the chance to meander through the old town and feel the old Shanghai. I love that contrast and this subtle balance, which totally echoes my design artistic direction: being contemporary, and yet true to my heritage.
What inspires your collections?
I’m inspired by so many things! Just life essentially. One of my recent collections was inspired by the birth of my first daughter, which obviously filled me with lots of inspiring emotions. I also closely relate to the different forms of art, from paintings and architecture to movies. The contemporary arts were in fact a first passion even before fashion appeared in my life during my Parisian years. Origami, my couture signature, and the extreme attention given to craftsmanship in by FANG collections best reflect my essential motto as a designer: each piece deserves to be unique and timeless.
Top tip for visitors in Shanghai?
Shanghai has grown into a fairly elaborate city, which can offer so many different experiences. Some visitors may prefer to focus on its modern side from futuristic buildings to recently born museums or conceptual restaurants and cafés. Others may prefer digging into the city’s long heritage, which actually features so many hidden secrets. My preference goes to the leafy boulevards of the French Concession, which is such a powerful example of preserving the past for the future. It is the heart of Shanghai.