The inspiration for this collection was both the use of colour in art, abstract subjects by Mark Rothko and Women in the Victorian Era. Mark Rothko used pure colours extensively to express his intangible ideas. In Renli’s opinion, some of Mark Rothko’s works are moody and dramatic; some of them are direct and simple. They seek the mystery in human emotion beyond awareness and sensory experience. Renli transferred these emotional/ rich/ sensitive/ abstract aesthetics to her design methodology. Clothes often present the wearer’s social and personal identities. They can epitomise a period of history, as a record of people’s life in the past. The Victorian era marked the golden age of Britain. Much of the charm, sophistication and elegance of this period has been lost over the years. Renli shows particular interest in historic costume and lifestyles. She starts from the Victorian era, creating an elegant, independent and modern woman image through the inspirations of the past. It also expresses her desire to pursue the image of real beauty in her mind.
A variety of silk fabrics are used in the Renli Su Spring/ Summer 2016 collection. With the majority of the designs on silk, the designs complement the character of the fabrics used; reflecting the softness or hardness of the fabric, the different weaving methods and the organic dying methods used. In this collection, Renli continues to use fine quality organic cotton as it works very well with silk for Spring/ Summer looks.
Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese World view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" Our aesthetic is also related to Wabi-sabi. We believe in the pureness of the inner spirit. RENLI SU likes to bring the elegance and fineness from historic times to modern life. We reject meaningless design but preserve the preciousness of tradition.