Angus Chiang autumn/winter 2017 collection catwalk show for LFW
Angus Chiang’s collection Credit Sheet took the audience back to the schoolyard. Continuing his playful take on menswear, Chiang’s models walked out onto a cardboard catwalk in his signature oversized rubber shoes in colourful outfits inspired by 90s electronic music and hip-hop culture. The runway, held together by neon tape, juxtaposed beautifully with the grand setting at the Freemason’s Hall.
Chiang adopted the same bright colour palette that made his previous collections stand out, but added his very own take on suits to his repertoire. Being inspired by his Taiwanese heritage, Chiang utilized many techniques used by Taiwanese students to personalise their uniforms. He shortened the trousers and added playful knife pleats, and exaggerated the shoulders of the jackets, leaving the edges raw.
Denim was also a key feature, used for high-waisted, wide-legged trousers with matching heart-shaped denim belt buckles. Chiang cleverly combined denim and his new affinity for tailoring in one of the standout pieces of the collection: a denim suit, embroidered with playground games and quirky symbols, styled with knee-high socks and a neon pink wig.
Breaking up the rough denim were bright pinks, greens and blues, along with orange headbands that featured the designer’s name in white lettering. He used classic stripes and gingham for his suits, but also a small heart print that tied into the many heart prints and shapes that could be seen throughout the entire collection. Adding another playful edge and nod to days spent in classrooms were the bold earrings and accessories, fashioned out of acrylic and other things usually used as school supplies.
Towards the end, the loud guitar riffs mellowed out into a softer hip-hop beat, a perfect soundtrack for the quirky tracksuits that softened up the collection. The recurring heart-theme was also on show here, as part of the print above the knees and chest, bordered by bold black lines that gave the suits an edgier feel. This collection was a fun and explosive trip back to school, with lots of wearable pieces, and undoubtedly leaving every spectator with the desire to go back down memory lane.
Photos: Erol Birsen
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