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LFW SS17: Angel Chen

Wednesday 21 September 2016

The strange, lyrical drawings of the ancient text, ‘Shan Hai Jing’, were referenced for Angel Chen’s Spring/Summer offering: a mythical, sequin-studded world of sports-wear and ruffles, ripped tights and evening dress. There was a playful, irreverent theme throughout – colours endearingly garish, eyeliner sketched onto skin; yet there was an undeniable maturity, a completeness of vision from the young designer.

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Translating as ‘Classic of Mountains and Seas’, the tome of Chinese history and myth (caught somewhere between bestiary and folklore)¬†follows repetition over narrative throughout its chapters. An aesthetic reflected in Chen’s Spring/Summer show through the reiteration of codes, the re-emergence of red, and in the creatures woven into Japanese “Silk Acetate” and Chinese denim in silver and gold thread.

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As much as the referential literature defies explanation, so does the collection Рa cacophony of colour and clashing of concepts, that in its over-saturation, its enduring playfulness, succinctly speaks of Angel Chen.

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Citing Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood as inspiration, a familiar vivacious energy is present throughout her designs; provocative and vibrant, she explores whilst exaggerating: the exhilarating made wearable.

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Gaudy blouses are layered under dresses; skirts are worn as tops, pleated and ruffled in shimmering shades; dresses are tasseled and trimmed in faux fur; sequins are rife, and mid-show, a pink bikini arrived paired with a tie-dye teal sweater.

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A refreshing, youthful conceit, Angel Chen is evocative of London’s celebrated avant-garde energy, it’s merging of cultural ideas, and reflective of a new wave of designers from Central Saint Martin’s – one to watch.

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