- Text Naomi May
- Photography Emily Malan
- 17th July 2017
Made In China
With her SS18 collection, Chinese-born designer Feng Chen Wang sought to redefine the ‘Made in China’ stamp, reworking her country’s colours across a palette of white and bright red.
“This season I am trying something different in trying to reach the middle ground between conceptual design and the practicality of the clothing,” Wang reflected in our interview before the show. It’s a tough balance to nail, but the Royal College of Art graduate, who has lived in Shanghai, London and New York, approached it soundly. Think statement accents and fabrications, grounded by classic sportswear codes. She also kept true to her brand’s synonymous trademarks – multi-pocketing on jackets and trousers, 3D lettering and slogans on bold silhouettes.
Considering it was her first solo show, nodding to her heritage made a lot of sense. T-shirts were cast with ‘Made in China’ slogans, and paired with billowing jackets and mesh-overlaid trousers.
The show also introduced the brand’s most recent collaboration, with Wang customising Jordan Brand’s 1 Flyknit sneakers. One thing is certain: Wang’s global narrative must be resonating across the board – to collaborate with Nike at this early stage is no small feat.