Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

As only proper during Haute Couture Week, The Socialite Family turns its attention to the shining light that is Jonathan Liang, the young Malaysian prodigy based in Paris.  Intertwining floral embroidery with the style of the 80s and 90s, Jonathan Liang’s work is a true celebration of femininity. With bold outlines and silhouettes, these outfits are designed for roaming our urban jungles. His story is one that has evolved organically and effortlessly. Possessing a raw talent that has been recognised by the likes of Givenchy, Surface to Air and even IRO: his ingenuity certainly seems to be reconfirmed season after season.With an insatiable curiosity, the inventive individual – who is to create a beautiful collaboration with us in September – has had previously partnered up with brands and artists such as photographer Petros Koublis and graphic designer Nouchka. Playing with contrasts is his forté. And this stylist has chiselled a style of his own through collating simplicity with ultra-conceptual with remarkable ease. Inside his creative universe, you find designs in fabulous materials, where extravagance and luxury meet sleek street style. Through his collections, Jonathan Liang gives us authentic, electric clothes for women who embrace adventure and audacity. It’s a tribute to all the female figures in his life, a touching reflection of his own incredible perceptiveness and honesty.

 

Want a closer look at Jonathan Liang’s collaboration with The Socialite Family? The story continues here.

Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

Jonathan, what is your story?

Jonathan

I’m a Malaysian designer based in Paris, running my own label: Jonathan Liang. It’s our 5th season so far and we create pieces that enhances women of confidence with comfort and awareness. We’re focused also on providing intricate self-designed embroidery at affordable prices too.

How did you meet and decide to work into fashion?

Jonathan

After graduating from fine arts, I decided to switch to fashion for a change, and that stuck with me ever since. I guess I Iike the idea of creating a universe around a brand and finding people who share the same values as me to join this universe I constantly strive to evolve.

How would you describe your style?

Jonathan

The style I have for my brand is rather unassuming but also graceful, the pieces are seen as feminine but also not at the same time. Pieces we create should invoke inspiration in a woman, to be inspired by the piece to wear it however she wants it. I would like my brand to not dictate a woman’s style but instead, enhance her style. My personal style? It’s very relaxed and nonchalant. I prefer to let my work speak louder than what I wear. However a good pair of shoes is always a must.

For you, what is the piece you create which represent the most the philosophy of your brand?

Jonathan

All the embroidered on bobbinet dresses.

Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

What kind of fabric do you like the most?

Jonathan

I like the new super-viscose, lurex and also embroidery on bobbinet.

What inspires you?

Jonathan

People around me, stories from everywhere and concepts of how things are made or created.

You create mostly for women, why is that?

Jonathan

Women in my opinion are very inspiring, put-together and complex. Every women in my life has contributed some sort of inspiration to my works and I feel like what I do is everything in their honor.

In design, what is your favorite period or designer?

Jonathan

I love the 90s and Chitose Abe from Sacai.

Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

In your home, what is the piece/object you prefer and why?

Jonathan

I have a Kartell Bourgie lamp I got as a gift that I really treasure. A vintage Ainsley lamp from Tiffany and a marble coffee table from Zuiver. I actually really love lamps and lights, but since I have no space currently, this hobby of collecting more interesting lamps has to wait.

What are your next projects?

Jonathan

I have a couple of collaborations I am looking forward to and will reveal it soon by September!

A place you recommend in France or any country?

Jonathan

In Paris, Momo Paris for the best taiwanese food, Dochilak for Korean, Cafe Moco for the summer fruit teas. Other countries – Everyone needs to try Malaysia’s Penang fried Kuey Teow at least once in their life.

Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

I would like my brand to not dictate a woman's style but instead, enhance her style.

Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity
Jonathan Liang, a Wild Tribute to Femininity

Credits: Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

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