• It was announced a while ago but wanted to say how happy I am to have been asked to select Dress of the Year 2013 at Fashion Museum in Bath. My choice was this @christopherkanestudio SS13 beauty.
  • Love this concertina beach scene print on @marios_official tote available at @therefineryhk now! #PMQIS
  • Congrats to my cousin @elizabethlauldn and her new shop @therefineryhk in the new PMQ building @PMQHKDesign #PMQIS much love for @BernstockSpeirs bunny ears!
  • Love that I always see the best pieces by Brit designers abroad @nicoll_studio @liger_hk
  • Swash land at @liger_hk Patterson St store #SwashLondon

>> Right now there's a thick of graduate show type posts coming up with round-ups of both RCA and Central Saint Martins students to feed the imagination, but it also helps to look back and remember some of the breakout graduates from a few years back and catch up with what they're doing right now.  Remember Shao Yen Chen, from Central Saint Martins MA class of 2010?  If you don't recall the name, you'll definitely have seen the fluffy clouds of carefully shaved nylon strands, built up in to dramatic volumes and featured in numerous editorials.  Images of that collection have lingered on in the brain because the pieces were so singularly beautiful.

Since then, Chen, whilst still based in London has built up his business as a fledgling designer in his native Taipei in Taiwan.  A quick glimpse at Chen's A/W 13-4 collection entitled "Stalker" and it's clear that he's followed an up and down path of textural clash-mash since his breakout MA collection, toning down the volume and the drama but experimenting with more of a variety of fabrics.  Inspired by the black and white films of Bu√±uel, Dali, and Cocteau, Chen collages together a deliberately disjointed collage of velvet, faux fur, printed leathers and denim, deliberately pitting lux vs. trash in an interesting way.  Juicy Couture pink velvet as I've dubbed it, is revived into Chen's loose interpretation of a comfy track suit, appliqued with a third eye, underscoring the surrealist theme.  On the textural front, the sharp edges of mirrored leather and lazier cut-out tortoise shell pattern contrast with the soft frayed edges of denim and padded velvet.  Chen also updates the dramatic action of flinging a fur stole around in a haughty fashion by dropping in his own faux fur stoles, contrasted with ripped denim jeans or slubby sweat pants.  It's an aesthetic swerve towards something the leagues of off-kilter designers that are increasingly making sense, precisely because their choices are conventionally odd.  Chen proved he could do ethereal and beautiful.  Now it's his time to mix it up, get it wrong and then get it right again.  

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Comments (9)

  1. Linda says:

    This is such an interesting collection. I love how in tune you are with the designers you feature xx
    http://thecurvygirlinthecorner.blogspot.com
    P.S. Liked this post on Bloglovin :)

  2. Anastasia says:

    I got so much inspiration from this post! Thank you :)
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk

  3. alice says:

    gosh i love those clothes so much. Really want the dress with the eye on it
    http://alicefashioncorporation.blogspot.com

  4. WOWS says:

    Really awesome!!!
    Don’t miss today my Casual look…….with skorts and awesome Punk style booties!.
    Kisses from
    http://www.withorwithoutshoes.com – My Bloglovin

  5. Georgia says:

    Such great photos. Love the fur :)

  6. milex says:

    It reminds me of Stella McCartney but in a good way.

  7. SUL GI says:

    AWESOME FILM!! the clothes is amazing even the music and model as well!!

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