Temper presents five facts on our most fashion bone tickling brand of the day as featured in Labelhood’s live-stream lineup during Shanghai Cloud Fashion Week AW20. Labeled “Feng Chen Wang”: Check!
Feng Chen Wang is a Chinese-born, London-based menswear designer. Wang studied MA Fashion Menswear at the distinguished Royal College of Art, London, graduating in 2015.
Describing her aesthetic as “contemporary, emotional and structured”, she focuses on technical outerwear, creating unisex clothing for both men and women. The brand’s sense of functionality, one that proves at the same time both conceptual and personal, often draws on her life experiences.
Recent collections have seen her explore her family roots and Chinese heritage (AW19), the notion of your “other half” (SS19), the concept of “home” (AW18) and the abstraction of human connection (SS17).
Additionally, Wang has collaborated with brands such as Levi’s and Converse, contributing her artistic sensibility to their brand game, raising her designer profile both inside and outside of the fashion industry.
For her SS20 collection, Wang mixed together traditional blue printings, Chinese bamboo art, and hardcore fashion visuals to create a voluminous level of lithe design. Modern, avant-garde, and artisanal.
Due to the rise of newly in vogue tech methods, Wang’s ensured her SS20 designs represented traditional craftsmanship, revealing values that are gradually forgotten — a sign of the fast times at fashion high.
Raised in a working-class family from a rural part of China’s southern Fujian province, Wang established her eponymous brand all on her own, without financial backing. She’s had to put in the work to overcome various challenges – from learning to speak English, to acquiring the skills necessary to run a business.
Nominated for the 2016 LVMH Prize, Wang has designed six collections to date, showing two at London Fashion Week Men’s as part of Lulu Kennedy’s support program for emerging designers, MAN.
The designer in January 2019 staged her first-ever standalone runway show during London Fashion Week Men’s, embracing a new stage in her brand’s journey.
Wang has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Vogue Runway, GQ, The New York Times, The Business of Fashion, Women’s Wear Daily, Dazed, i-D, Arena Homme+, 10 Men, Hypebeast, and Highsnobiety.
Available across China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, her brand is currently stocked at 10 Corso Como, Dover Street Market, Harvey Nichols, GR8, Lane Crawford, Please Do Not Enter, SSENSE, Harrods and Printemps.
Functional, conceptual, personal. Wang’s love for China echoes in the design elements throughout her body of work, continuously composing poems of modern fashion and traditional craftsmanship.
For the label’s SS20 campaign shoot, the brand traveled to Taihu Lake in China’s eastern Jiangsu province to take pictures, using bamboo, mountains, floating rocks and other elements with Chinese characteristics as creative incentives.
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