In response to the growing immigration crisis that exists today, Haizhen Wang’s Autumn/Winter 17 collection for London Fashion Week at The Swiss Church, explored the theme of movement and global immigration. Since completing his degree at London’s Central Saint Martin’s, Wang has been praised for his signature mix of raw edges and deconstruction of unisex designs.
Boxes covered in plastic film provided the perfect backdrop for the collection. At the forefront, models were in constant movement, travelling around the room whilst interacting with the boxes and packages around them. As the title of the collection suggests, ‘In Transit’ was all about the notion of transience.
The collection’s palette made for a bold and serious statement, with deep blues, red, ochre and khaki. Wang’s intelligently designed pieces are made from stripy wools, devore techniques and tonal jacquards. The more slouchy and comfortable pieces were highlighted with bright long belts.
Some models were dressed in protective plastics, wrapped in straps with slogan badges that read ‘fragile’, ‘handle with care’ and ‘priority’, replicating air travel luggage. Despite Wang’s new direction in this collection, he has still playfully incorporated the exaggerated flares and deconstructed shirts that he is best known for. The final result saw a collection of modern, edgy and very wearable pieces that successfully managed to communicate such an important global issue.