Designer: Feng Chen Wang
Location: New York, NY
Season: Spring/Summer 2018
Key Pieces: Multi-pocket beige bullet vests, 3-D "MIC" lettered fanny packs, mesh-overlaid track pants, shimmery nylon duster coats, wool tartan industrial work shirts.
Editor’s Notes: "When people think 'Made in China,' they automatically think of something that's been mass-produced, low-quality and cheap," designer Feng Chen Wang told me backstage before her New York Fashion Week Men's debut catwalk show. "With this collection, I wanted to let people know that China is also home to some of the most reputable textile factories in the world with some of the most skilled craftsmen in the industry."
Based in London, the Chinese-bred designer, who graduated from storied design school Royal College of Art in 2015, has always made globalization the defining fiber of her eponymous label. Since her inaugural runway presentation at VFILES SS15 multi-brand showcase, Wang has opted to present her collection for the second time in the Big Apple, while basing production entirely in her home country.
For her first solo show, Wang chose to make a more overt nod to her heritage. The color palette, which ranged from dusty browns and muted tones of navy to blush pinks and vibrant reds, took inspiration from China's rural landscape and symbolic colors. The iconic "Made in China" stamp was emblazoned across a series of T-shirts, long-sleeves and sweaters. Trademark Wang features such as multi-pocketing, three-dimensional lettering and toggle ties made their way onto billowing jackets, vests and mesh-overlaid trousers.
The show also introduced an interesting collaboration with Jordan Brand, where the sneaker brand's 1 Flyknit silhouette was customized using Feng's logo along the swoosh and tongue.
It seems like Wang's global narrative is running its course IRL; after all, a co-sign from Nike isn't given to just any small designer.
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