For SS17 London-based Chinese designer Haizhen Wang looks towards the 1980s subcultures of skinheads and punks for a collection full of sharp lines, jacquard denim and high impact geometric shapes. Continuing to explore the ideas of modern femininity and notions of masculinity, Wang adapts styles to suit the gender-neutral attitude of our times.
Inspiration comes from functional boiler suits and work wear, taking elements of waterproofing and pocket details, to high end fashion of the time. Badges with slogans such as “Do Not Remove This Label” and “For All Conditions Unisex” emblazon garments further adding to the utilitarian feel of the collection.
Jacquard denim has been engineered in a process that facilitates Haizhen Wang’s idea of the new destroyed, a fabric that feels natural with elements of craft. The use of both sheer fabrics and colourful jacquards add to the atmosphere of 80’s rebellion. Visual embroideries emphasise linear definitions, sharp edges and zig zag detailing, combining unconventional scales and imperfect effects. Cut away shapes and raw edges convey the feel of a hard but feminine look throughout the collection.
SS17 will also see Haizhen Wang’s third collaboration with Swarovski’s APAC collective, utilizing their rare crystal fabrics to craft unique patterns. For the first time Haizhen Wang will also be incorporating knitwear into his collections, with multi-coloured geometric designs made in Italy.
Dark tones of moss green, indigo denim and black contrast against pale denim, white, orange, yellow, blue and green.