Founded in 2016 by the designer of the same name, the Dawei label is winning fans with its elegance and refinement, paired with more street influences and sometimes minimalist cuts. The last autumn/winter 18 show, which was held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, only confirmed Dawei Sun’s talent. He presented a collection that combines voluminous details and constructions that are both simple and carefully considered, frill collars, delicate shirts, frock coats, oversize parkas and bodies revisited with stripes and checks, in gradations of pale green and yellow.
A romantic elegance
Born in Dalian in China’s Liaoning province, Dawei Sun graduated from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne fashion school before working for prestigious houses such as Balenciaga and Galliano. With Ling Liu, in 2010 he launched and codirected his own ready-to-wear brand “Belle Ninon”, which promotes a very Parisian, rather demure and romantic aesthetic. After a spell as Cacharel’s creative director, Dawei decided to found his own eponymous label.
“With Dawei, he felt freer. His style has evolved towards a younger, more dynamic image. It’s a bit more masculine and less romantic,” explains Tiantian, the designer’s right-hand man.
A mix of styles and universes
Dawei does indeed mix styles and universes: an urban sportswear vibe, warm minimalism and a romantic and poetic touch. Each item of clothing is manufactured in high-quality materials, usually Italian fabrics. Last but not least, there is always a singular twist in the treatment of the finishes and details: broad all-over stripes, XXL buttons, ruffles and slits.
Between sportswear and more romantic and historical influences, the autumn/winter 18 wardrobe offers large coats/robes in tapestry fabric, raincoats or jackets in silver polyester, fine shirts with turn-down and frilly collars, along with revisited bodies that are worn over rather than under clothing.
Having won critical acclaim, Dawei already counts many customers from all around the world, including certain influencers who show off his pieces on social media.