One of the most fascinating and creative shows we had the pleasure of viewing at the autumn/winter 2017 edition of London Fashion Week was that of Han Wen.
The show took place at Freemason’s Hall, the perfect background for the literature inspired role, as the root of the collection derived from an interpretation of cult classic, A Clockwork Orange. The clothing mirrored the works’ ‘ultra-violence’ and dystopian nature with corseted detailing set against classical pieces such as collared blouses and satin trousers. The use of corseting also gave a nod to the mental health system amongst which a large portion of the book and movie is set, reflecting the idea of the repression of individuality and the mind. Models were also adorned with thick lower eyelashes – a clever nod to the iconic look that protagonist Alex made famous.
We loved the multi-layered ensembles combining satin, sweatshirts and bell-bottom flares that became pleated as they graced the ground. This combination made for a truly fierce look, set against the background of the hall. Amongst a lot of similar styles we have seen at London Fashion Week this season, Han Wen’s collection brought a welcomed diversity that stood out strongly.
Words: Julia Cohen