Han Wen SS18 London Fashion Week
With his clear and consistent aesthetic, New York based designer Han Wen, produced another intriguing and compelling collection for SS18 at Fashion Scout. A completely unique talent, Wen's work is always undeniably identifiable as his; a confident exploration of femininity contrasted with a masculine force gives a coherent heritage to his career to date.
The opposition of soft versus hard, elegant versus avant-garde, might even herald a new genre. For SS18 we saw a lighter interpretation of the themes from the AW17 collection, silky bias cut summer dresses interrupted with chains, bondage strapping and piercing to break up the delicacy, each garment channelling equal measures of the tough and tender.
A nod to anarchic youth, an element of experiment and a skilled rebellion, were all defiantly declared in this forceful collection. Wen's signature hues were out to play once more with moss green, burnt orange, red, and mustard yellow ensuring the collection was kept warm and wearable.
Wen is undoubtedly a designer who likes to explore contrast and, adjacent to the soft and hard, there was also the supposed conflict of constriction and comfort. The collection used punk-esque slogan prints stating 'Love is Love' and 'Bloody Hell' across shirts and the flare of a trouser, injecting a cry of cool and a nod to political leanings.
Sharp pleated skirts, fluid ruffles and frills delivered a subtle sexiness, ultra feminine against the oversized striped men's shirts and baseball caps. This was an excitingly positive and beautiful collection with a very sharp edge. Han Wen sure knows how to mix it up.