Han Wen’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection was as avant garde and experimental as ever. Once again, the pieces transcended existing notion of what fashion should be by deconstructing leather jackets, flares and simple button down shirts.
Born in Hainan, China, Han Wen moved the US 6 years ago to further his high school education and pursue architecture at the Parsons New School of Design in New York. Encouraged by an art teacher, Han Wen began to design collections, often playing with shapes, volume and materials with dramatic effect. His Spring/Summer 2017 Collection was presented with Fashion Scout’s coveted Merit Award for his surreal and modern designs.
Drawing inspiration from the female gangsters in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess, Han Wen blurs the lines between the genders with thick leather, drawn out sleeves and remodelled workman’s shirts. The look is refined further with flares in leather, pleated chiffon and pinstripe, embracing a more feminine silhouette. Incorporating metal hoops, leather laces and belt buckles on all the pieces, the collection artistically fuses deconstructed, abstract pieces with effortless wearability. Han Wen has superbly polished his craft by utilising colour blocking techniques, clashing burnt orange with deep reds, moss greens with orange, and white with ur faux fur stoles.
Words by Laura Cawdron