Can you pick a song that encapsulates the new collection？
Lei: We would choose the same one that we used for the show earlier this season—Tonight You Belong to Me [by The Lennon Sisters]. Its name refers to the night, so we thought it related to the idea of the bedroom. It sounds like children singing, so it also creates a bit of a strange atmosphere in that respect, but I thought it was interesting and still appropriate.
Runway shows allow music and fashion to intersect. What can music communicate about your creative concepts?
Lei: We already have an idea of the general atmosphere and type of music that will fit right at the beginning of preparing a new collection. But we’ll then listen to a lot of music every day in the office while we create the collection. When we find the right tracks, we save them to the playlist. As we near the end of the collection, we will curate the playlist and select the final songs. After that, we send them over to our musician friends to make a mixtape.
When your personal histories are so wrapped up in your creative output, how do you find a balance between work and home?
Lei: In order to keep the label running, we can’t take time off at the same time. Unfortunately, we can’t travel together at present.
Jiang: It’s difficult for us at this stage, and we’re not doing it very well! [Laughs] We’ll give ourselves a vacation after finishing a collection, but even then we still work from time to time!
This feature was produced in partnership with Bang & Olufsen. The product featured in this photoshoot is the Beoplay A9 speaker.