Huishan Zhang Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear
Huishan Zhang’s Autumn Winter 2018 collection explores an evolving narrative inspired by Asian film director Wong Kar-wai’s work on films Chunking Express and the iconic 2046. Starting in the past Huishan has explored a dark romance, mirroring 2046’s mysterious storyline. Much like the film, Huishan builds a desire to question and anticipate what is coming next, a natural line of thinking for a designer who is building a business that blends eastern and western culture and crosses borders.
The film’s juxtaposition is reflected through the contrasting fabrics working in harmony to tell Huishan’s story.
The provocative patent vegan leather is mixed with delicate feathers and hand painted lace. Crystalandpearlfringinghangs from lux satin whilst delicate sequined netting is layered under autumnal tweeds. Signature pleating returns this season sitting alongside satin quilted separates, introducing a new sense of freedom and self-exploration for his AW18 woman. Wong Kar-wai’s visually stunning use of bold graphics is introduced through jacquard wallpaper like blossom prints refreshingly contrasted with eighties pearlescent sequined looks.
Opening with a mystifying array of midnight black and navy styles the collection soon sees hints of the two films’ optimism emerge as it takes on a lighter, romantic and almost fairy- tale like feeling. Influences from Wong Kar-wai’s symbolic use of colour breathe life and energy into the story with pops of bright plum and blush mixed back with the eighties inspired buttery silver, gentle rainbow prints and unexpected bursts of olive and rose. Huishan experiments with new and exaggerated shapes and extended necklines complementing the classic peplums and flared gowns that he has come to be known for. The collection ends on an innocent note, with bridals like gowns and loosely tailored suiting in bright white, a teaser to his atelier service launched last year alongside his flagship
Huishan Zhang’s Autumn Winter 2018 collection will be available from July 2018 in global stockists worldwide as well as the brands recently opened flagship boutique on London’s Mount Street.
Press Release by Huishan Zhang