The Future Looks Roselle
November 23 saw a fashion show like no other. The Sheffield Style Show saw a host of Sheffield’s best designers congregate and put together a helluva fashion show, celebrating our fine city’s best talent. The show was the fifth in Sheffield to be put on by event organiser Charlotte Calvert.
The show was also for a good cause, as funds raised went to Sheffield charity the Eden Dora Trust, a charity which supports families who have children with encephalitis, a condition that causes swelling of the brain.
We’re talking full-on fashion here, with a dynamic catwalk show featuring Sheffield’s finest design talent, with menswear, womenswear and childrenswear all in the offing. There was also over 30 individual stalls offering bespoke clothing to purchase. In addition to all this, a host of local musicians provided entertainment for the evening. Exciting stuff!
Our own Fan Yang, whose designs were featured, was honoured to have her talents recognised in the Sheffield Style Show. Her stall, which featured her brand Roselle, celebrated her various designs which combine her Chinese heritage and classic British style. Fan creates individual pieces, mainly sophisticated cocktail and evening dresses for women.
Despite not having an academic background in fashion, Fan’s sophisticated and original designs make it difficult to tell. She only started designing clothes in 2012 – making her progress as a designer all the more impressive.
“I was always inspired by my mother. She’s a very classy lady who knows how to style herself with sophistication” says Fan. “I wanted to create clothes that empowered women and made them feel more special than that typically offered on the fashion scene today”.
Fan ensures every quality and fine detail is put into her clothing. She uses only organic fabrics such as cashmere and silk to ensure the element of luxury to her bespoke designs is upheld. After making the aspirational decision she wanted to pursue design, Fan spent 1 year in her homeland of China to find the perfect manufacturer for her brand and turn her dream into a reality. She discovered a manufacturer in Shanghai, where, as she says, “the magic happens”.
Fan’s designs have a large focus on classic British style – with sharp tailoring and a feminine fit. However, it’s the subtle oriental elements that make her designs particularly special. Her dresses are rich in spectacular colour and detail; her shift dresses with the mandarin collar are particularly special. The Roselle label is reminiscent of the likes of Ralph Lauren and Burberry, but with a truly unique touch…
“I have a Chinese poem on the back of the labels. It’s an ancient Chinese poem about love. It’s about a beautiful woman, who is washing her hair by the river, and a prince comes by and they fall in love.” “I chose this poem as I wanted the brand to reflect that… to make women feel like muses or goddesses.”
You can catch Roselle clothing in Love The Lot, a boutique on Ecclesall Road, where Fan sells her exclusive designs.