Shiatzy Chen RTW Fall 2021

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Inspired by the notion of time — her hand drawings on the subject provided the motifs for the lineup — Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia delivered her vision of power dressing for fall. She used her skilled hand with Chinese craft techniques to create what she described as “youthful patterns” on a wardrobe of structured silhouettes.

The look: Oversize coats, men’s shirts and straight, diagonally wrapped skirts were the building blocks for the Taiwanese luxury label this season. These were adorned with motifs that spanned from the graffiti-like to something resembling traditional ink drawings — in places, there was a mash-up of both. Vivid red, glittering fabrics and embellishments and fur trims accentuated the decadent ’80s feel.

Quote of note: “Times, a reflection of one another, the future only exists because we embrace our past,” Wang wrote via email to WWD.

Shiatzy Chen RTW Fall 2021

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Standout pieces: A red asymmetric jacket with contrasting graffiti-patterned collar; a sleeveless Mandarin-collar top in black leather, paired with a full skirt; the sheer embellished polo necks, worn over feminine bodices and paired with a wrap skirt.

Takeaway: Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia has  experience in putting her unique spin on craft techniques and using them in sometimes surprising ways. This season, she did this on a wardrobe for sharp-shouldered heroines who like to strut their stuff and aren’t afraid of a little glitz.

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