Cassey Gan SS19 London Fashion Week

Block prints and primary tones are at the core of Malaysian designer Cassy Gan’s aesthetic; her SS19 collection was inspired by the works of David Hockney, with midi lengths and asymmetric hemlines in her iconic geometric patterns, curved lines, and bold pops of lucid colour in oversized proportions. Gan took an inventive approach to layering, creating an exciting collage of print and colour combinations via carefully positioned complementary tones and pattern clashes. Loose-fitting tunics were embellished with metallic trim, whilst tops sported detachable bibs and pleated accents. Traditional menswear checks and pinstripes were paired with geometric prints in turquoise, blue, black, white, and red, as graphic contrast prints dominated the catwalk.

Inspiration, from Hockney’s distinctive use of colour to his technique and brushstrokes, was evident in the painterly prints on very wearable pleated skirts, wide cropped trousers, wrap shirts, metallic accents, and full-sleeved frocks. Gan’s timeless yet modern collection incorporated elements of comfort and statement style, using clever fabric manipulation in non-formfitting silhouettes.

With fearless pairings of clashing prints, combining subtle repetitive patterns with daring splashes of abstract colour, Cassey Gan’s aesthetic was immediately recognisable. These were applied to collarless tunics paired with loose fitting ankle-grazing cropped trousers and gently ruched oversized sleeves, styled with a relaxed interpretation of the pencil skirt with wavy hems and multiple prints. SS19’s looks formed a cohesive collection that blended seamlessly, accessorised throughout with flat white espadrilles and cork totes for a fresh take for summer. Placing equal importance on comfort and style, the brand’s timeless yet modern aesthetic focusses on details and functional design; the result is both polished and casual, in oversized silhouettes perfect for day or night.

By Lucie Dhog. Images shot for us by Hannah Gordon-Smith.