Haizhen Wang started his eponymous label in 2010 after graduating from the world-famous fashion incubator Central Saint Martins. originally from Dalian, China, he is now based in the creative hub of London. We came across his Autumn Winter 2016 collection during our walks through the shows of Paris.
This collection was inspired by all things airborne, using classic aviator uniforms as a reference. Curved hems and flowing, oversized silhouettes give a sense of movement throughout the collection, even while using materials not generally known for their sense of motion. There's a sense of deconstructed construction through the use of exposed stitching, raw edges and the "fil coupé" technique of loose threads used to slowly build a picture of texture.
Haizhen Wang also plays with updated silhouettes for this collection. In addition the the larger dimension dresses, there is also an impressive use of layering and traditional tailoring techniques to almost disconnect the clothes from the body. One of the cores of the Haizhen Wang brand aesthetic is the androgynous appeal. While there are quite a few pieces in the collection which are more traditionally considered feminine, even these pieces have a bit of a masculine twist. There are even quite a few pieces which could be seen on anyone, as is or with modifications for a better fit.
One of our favourite aspects of this collection is the amazing attention to detail There is needle-punched Japanese wool, laminated leather with zip details and exaggerated hand stitching. The white thread details on some of the pieces take this collection from simply impressive to real works of art. Haizhen Wang has also continued to work with Swarovski for this season, with the crystals appearing as a standout feature in some of the pieces. Whether woven amongst the "fil coupé" or placed alongside seams to give an illusion of crystal stitching, the garments are beautifully embellished, adorned and enhanced.
Of course, we couldn't mention Haizhen Wang without acknowledging his support for the slow fashion movement. Have a look at the amazing collection!