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CALVINLUO likes to spin temporal references. His collections have explored the sub-cultures of ‘50s-era Americana, the dazzling ‘70s, a “Virgin Suicides”-tainted ‘90s suburban America, women spies of the Second World War, and most recently, for the first show in the city of lights, an ode to Paris which spanned from the ‘40s to the ‘90s. From these time vignettes always emerges a strong and focused story, which has helped to position himself in the foreground of a global fashion scene.

Calvin Luo is also the founder of Rouge Fashion Book, China’s first independent fashion and art magazine.
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When watching the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris” for the first time, the intertwining of past and present and day and night resonated strongly with Calvin’s personal feelings and memories of Paris.

Mimicking the movie, we travel back in time to experience the reflections of Calvin’s Paris remembrance. To mark his entry on the Paris calendar, Luo celebrates his favorite city with a three chapter story as the sun sets on Paris. Each frame depicts a place and moment in time tracing the Parisian woman’s energy, creativity and glamour. Styles interweave and overlap into a cloud atlas reflecting the female idiosyncrasy in the heart of Calvin Luo and his newly found modern diversity of Paris.

1980s/1990s. Boulevard des Capucines. 8pm.
A wet rainy night, roadside lights, condensation on a car window, are the leading clues to open the curtain of the season and its first chapter. See-through mesh and corset details evoke the rebellious spirit of youth. Ambition and freshly found power energize a white hued rainy evening in Paris with strong cuts and bright optimistic colors.

1960s/1970s. Rue Montmartre.10pm.
Paris changed forever in the 60s and 70s. The arrival of Rock n Roll, followed by the May 68 movement, led to the birth of cult nightlife temples at the end of the 70’s such as Les Bains Douches, Le Palace and Le Rose Bonbon. Here, the once Parisian bourgeoise celebrates her rebellious spirit in a blue haze of creativity; combining iconic tannins with classic French wave points in a dialogue between old and new, tradition and novelty.

1940s/1950s. Rue Royale. Midnight.
We find ourselves connecting to the Calvin of New York – picking up where his Adele collection of Spring/Summer 19 left off – to Paris right after the war. We find again his fascination with the advanced craftsmanship that flows through the veins of Paris. The last frame is an homage to the high-end workshops that adorned the strong, liberated French women on their late night outings in feathers and beading. And we reminisce with him while we bask in soft, plush, red tinted glamour.
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