Sensitive soul

Danshan SS19
Fashion | 12 June 2018

Hong Kong designers Danxia Liu and Shanpeng Wong, collectively known as Danshan, have become known for their ongoing exploration of gender roles and masculinity. Liu has a personal take on the theme, having been born female but raised as a boy until the age of twelve due to the country’s now defunct one-child policy. This unique experience and cultural background provides the London-based duo a unique take, allowing them to unravel and examine gender nuances.

For SS19, the pair place human emotions under the microscope, in particular sensitivity, urging men to reclaim it and embrace the emotion: “Vulnerability will not be missing in their new designs but instead will be treated as essential to living an authentic life”, read the press release.

The ten look presentation saw models placed in a sparse show space against a soundtrack of white noise: a literal and metaphorical representation of how the modern man feels in his journey to ‘feel more’. Looks were minimal and delicate at times, with sleeves cut in various forms, from sleeveless through short, long and asymmetrical, while hi-sheen fabrics with zip detailing introduced a harder edge. The overriding message? “Sensitivity is there to serve us” – embrace it.

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