Inside the Designer Showrooms: Wan Hung Cheung

  • Photography: Jean-Luc Brouard
  • Words: Charlotte McManus

Each season, as part of London Collections: Men, the British Fashion Council hosts the Designer Showrooms exhibition to showcase exciting home-grown talent in Ready-to-Wear and Accessories. On the Emerging & Streetwear floor in The Hospital Club, we met Chinese-born designer Wan Hung Cheung, who was showing at LCM for the first time. 

 

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Walking us through his S/S16 range, Wan tells us how he looked to combine aesthetics from both the East and the West, inspired by China’s Terracotta Army and 20’s Art Deco. He describes his frustration upon discovering that the Deco movement had “fabulous, AMAZING” clothes for women, but not for men: “we’re in 2015; we should make fashion more equal.”

 

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As a result, Wan’s clean-cut shapes are set off by ornate embroidery and sparkling Swarovski crystal details, along with – our favourite bit – embellished horse head motifs. Key pieces include sweatshirts, tees, bombers and trousers, with the horse heads signifying the images moulded into the body armour worn by Terracotta army warriors. There are also accesories like PVC shoulder and tote bags, along with Chinese grass slippers.

 

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“The image of the Terracotta soldiers has been imprinted in my memory since I visited the site as a small boy,” says Wan. “The statues, although aged, stand defiant and strong against elements and time. The adorned army exemplifies the masculine spirit I wanted to infuse into my S/S16 collection.”

 

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