Feng Chen Wang SS23 Presentation
Feng Chen Wang’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection is based on the idea of an imaginary human,
who is full of contradictions. A sleepy adventurer. A hopeful cynic. A quiet charmer. A raging
storm. A calm sea. Sociable but solitary. Gentle but strong. Faithful but unpredictable.
There are many layers to them and just when you think you’ve learnt everything, you discover
The collection represents an
evolution for Feng Chen Wang, who is based between London and Shanghai and is this season
showing for the first time in Paris. Clothes feature light and dark transparent fabrics and opaque
iridescent materials, elements that are deconstructed and fused together again with a new
kind of dynamism.
The colour palette of the season is inspired by the Royal Poinciana or ‘phoenix flower’ found on
knitwear. The flower symbolises youth, vitality, the passion you feel for a lover when they are
there and the longing you feel when they are gone. The phoenix bird, a Feng Chen Wang
signature that is also endowed with meaning, appears throughout in jacquard knitwear, cut out
into tailoring, shirting and denim.
All tailoring this season is deconstructed – another Feng Chen Wang signature – and detachable,
thus two or three pieces in one. Knits are a new focus drawing on a variety of techniques, their
softness is a contrast to the utilitarian and futuristic. Several design pieces are embellished with
crystals from Swarovski® alongside customised Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air Max Flyknit Racer
and Nike Air Max Scorpion Flyknit. Four looks are created in collaboration with the outerwear
brand Canada Goose and Chinese artist Xu Zhen whose painting Under Heaven is digitally
printed across a collection of reimagined jackets, trench coat and knitwear. The collection also
includes trousers, skirts and footwear.
Always carrying some deeper message about the nature of humanity and the things that bind
us together, Feng Chen Wang’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection reminds us that it is okay to
have contradictions within yourself – it is normal, part of life and part of being human.
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