For the past two years designer Riko Manchit Au has been quietly building her brand and design ethos, launching her Ricostru line (a shortening of ricostruzione, meaning reconstruction) after years spent training at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Milan. She has not escaped notice, with features in glossies like Vogue Italia and stockists in fashion-forward mainland aggregates like Dong Liang
and Brand New China, but finally Manchit Au has taken a literal step out from the shadows with her fashion show debut, showing her F/W 13-14 mens and womenswear collections this past spring at Beijing Fashion Week.
The Guangzhou-based designer, now known for her minimalist aesthetic, has expressed an aptitude for pairing the ‘soft’ with the ‘hard’ in texture and structure, and it’s evident in her latest offerings. A box-cut, cropped white jacket is countered with a feminine, midi grey skirt, or tapered leather pants are softened with a silken sweater or a pop of colour, while for men, the season is all about unexpected touches like an orange lapel on an oversized blazer and collarless cashmere jackets. Based on her upward trajectory with Ricostru hitting shelves countrywide as well as a mission to launch an eponymous made-to-order brand, Manchit Au is clearly one to keep on the mainland radar.