Cassey Gan AW19 Fashion Scout

Malaysian designer Cassey Gan has become synonymous with bold prints and a vibrant colour palette. Drawing inspiration from the works of Tim Braden, the eponymous label’s AW19 Collection ‘Pixelated’ featured the signature pattern clash and layered oversized silhouettes it has become known for. For AW19, Gan experimented with thicker fabrics for the first time; a colour palette of blues, olives, maroons, and mustards formed the basis for the collection on wool and padded textiles, in a refreshing take on wearable luxury.

Comfort and style have always been of equal importance to the designer, which lends the brand its timeless and yet eternally fresh and modern appeal. Gan was influenced by the impossible pace of the fashion industry, and its links to our modern digital age; ‘Pixelated’ is a commentary on the love-hate relationship the designer has with contemporary fashion. Whilst the colour palette was still bold, this collection saw some earthy shades of olive and caramel alongside vivid reds, blues, greens, oranges, and mustards. Repeated patterns appeared on woven wool pieces as well as graphic prints with metallic accents.

An artfully gathered, plucked, and ruched dress in mustard yellow, cinched under the bust with a simple metal ring clasp was a standout look for AW19. Metallic vests were worn like armour over soft textured knits; skirts were full, with strategically places mesh cutouts. We saw bold pops of colour in cherry red and royal blue on tartan plaids, and vibrant orange was introduced for the first time this season in mouth watering fruity shades, adding a playful feel to the collection.

Gan gave us more of her trademark midi lengths and clashing prints, with accents of inspiration from menswear in traditional checks alongside iconic graphic patterns. An oversized padded jacket was splashed with the designer’s interpretation of Braden’s broad painterly strokes in bright and earthy shades, accented by woven panels and quilted sleeves, and encompassing the thematic elements of the brand’s AW19 collection. Known for her fearless use of clashing prints in repetitive patterns alongside abstract prints, Gan applied her stamp to everything from padded outerwear to loose-fitting separates and ankle-grazing midi skirts in a very wearable yet bold and fresh collection for AW19.

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