Designer to Watch| Angus Chiang Mens Show FW18
Angus Chiang the Taiwanese designer who creates and men’s and womenswear presented the Fall Winter 2018 collection during Paris Fashion Week homme in Paris. The attendees were a mixed bag of influencer stylist and Asian press. Where the front rowers and I were treated to the designer’s collaboration with Chief for cute helmets. The helmets were actually best on the streets on a moped in a sultry country. They aren’t allowed to be worn on Paris streets, as cute as they are sadly.
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The designer took us to the streets with a collection inspired by Taiwan’s favored vehicle. Chiang.who opted for brash high visibility colors and hard-wearing details as the most direct nods to the hordes of scooter-riding workers of his homeland.
“Taiwan’s other name is the ‘Island of Scooters’, where they’re needed for speed as well as convenience,” said Angus
Angus Chiang celebrated his fifth season overall, and second Parisian show. The designer took us to the dirt pike tracks and to the club. The AC teamed turned utilitarian references into an abstraction of moving colors that obliquely referenced safety as well as speed, in exaggerated volumes, reinforced padding, and slick textures.
With Taiwanese indie rock booming out on a concrete backdrop, the extra-large denims, neon hues and knee-length foil parkas along with the inflatable bumpers around shoes — Chiang’s hookup with Nike for the 35th anniversary of the Air Force 1 sneaker — imparted a Nineties flavor that skewed more club kid on the way home than respectable salaryman in the daily grind.
Our Designer to Watch Angus Chiang needs a few seasons to keep pushing it. Yet, the cool kids of London came to see what he was up to. Let’s hope that streetwear last another season to see where this LVMH designer prize winner can climb.
Photos by: Abby Matthews