[H]aizhen Wang’s technical tailoring was inspired by aviation for AW16. Classic flying uniforms are a strong reference but with forms elongated and warped for a sense of supersonic movement. The designer’s technical expertise is applied to ensure that the references are more abstract than direct, though, with zips, seams and stripes often the last remaining evidence of the functional and utilitarian outfits that were a starting point for the designs. The collection is titled Falling, further subverting the flying theme.
Elongated sleeves, angular cuts and heavy duty layering add a sense of the experimental to a season that further establishes Haizhen Wang as an important fixture of the London fashion scene after launching his eponymous label in 2010. We caught up with him to discuss changes in the industry and plans for the new year.