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Clickbait roof blowing ratings aside, designer Zhao Chenxi handpicked his brand name to bust wide open the discussion, or should we say the poignant (distressing, even) lack thereof, surrounding sexual education and awareness across China in the Roaring Twenties 2.0. Come hither, Fabric Porn. Check!

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn is arguably putting an entirely new spin on the term 孝| “filial piety” in Chinese; as in “honor your heritage”. AW20, all rights reserved

Who?

Designer Zhao Chenxi in 2019 founded the Fabric Porn brand in Shanghai. With functionality and artistry as its two core pillars, the brand does all but shy away from walking the fine line between art and business.

The Fabric Porn male garments take as their starting point that the label’s wearers can team up one interesting piece with anything parked on their clothing hangers already.

The theme behind the brand’s first season, i.e. SS20? “Make China Lit Again” — Trump satire at its finest.

Temper says, “Tasty”.

Fabric Porn SS20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn SS20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn SS20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn is arguably putting an entirely new spin on the term 孝| “filial piety” in Chinese; as in “honor your heritage”. SS20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn SS20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn SS20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

What?

The Fabric Porn genetic structure consists of leading-edge as well as time-honored Chinese influences paired with an off the grid zigzag. Arguably putting an entirely new spin on the term 孝| “filial piety” in Chinese; as in “honor your heritage”, one might even say. Say what, now?

The SS20 collection stemmed from the designer’s observation that the modern Chinese people are lacking in their own cultural confidence, reiterating that they themselves do not agree as much with their own cultural heritage as others (read: outsiders) may.

AW20, subsequently, sees Fabric Porn continue to accentuate the cross-stitchings of Chinese elements and combine these with a modern, first-tier urban, underground even, perspective in a bid to revive the forgotten beauty thriving yet hiding throughout many dynasties of Chinese culture.

Nevertheless, let not the grandpa quirk fool you! This brand is boasting some majorly tight tailoring skills. Skills that have many a true-blooded fashion aficionado chomping at the bit.

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When?

Pitti Uomo Exhibitors – Gen 20 Fabric Porn in January 2020, mere moments before the new coronavirus entered our lives, was one of the esteemed Pitti Uomo (“Pitti Men” in English) Exhibitors — Gen 20. Pitti Uomo counts as one of the world’s most important platforms for men’s clothing and accessories collections, as well as for the launching of new projects in men’s fashion.

The brand was also one of the most hotly anticipated labels starring in the Labelhood Live lineup in late March 2020, as part of Shanghai Cloud Fashion Week’s new augmented reality. For many designers, this showcase to many of its participants was a portal to gain some much-needed — hey, we call ’em like we see ’em — exposure, in particular for relatively unknown talents. And the use of video during the broadcast did not kill this rising star.

The Fabric Porn Labelhood Live montage mirage proved the perfect match to connect with a new customer base.

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The brand’s video went viral on Tmall, as it captured a truly urban, yet exotic feel staged against the backdrop of a dimly-lit, vague, smoggy setting rousing the vibes of New York’s underground music sphere.

Representing a raw, rough and razor-sharp reflection of the era we live in.

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn is arguably putting an entirely new spin on the term 孝| “filial piety” in Chinese; as in “honor your heritage”. AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Fabric Porn AW20, all rights reserved

Where?

For now, we recommend taking a look at the Fabric Porn Instagram feed (@fabric_qorn) to scout your goodies and simply DM the brand as Temper desperately tries to draft that online shop and stockist list for ya. On s’excuse for the delay!

 

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Why?

The Fabric Porn collections feature many a traditional 1990s Chinese element. These influences, including famous comedian Zhao Benshan, red Xi letters and a “Make China Lit Again” cap, resonate with the new-found China patriotic sentiment shared by many young urban millennials today.

In times of economic, pandemic ups and downs, Fabric Porn hopes to present China’s New Youth with a new reason to once again embrace their heritage and, moreover, take pride in it.

Nimble, naughty, “neat” — in keeping with 1990s New York slang.

Nibble on that!

Instagram: @fabric_qorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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