The Fashion Fringe winner makes his debut.
It may have been the last show on the schedule but judging by the hoardes of people snaking their way into the Somerset House show space, fashion's other Wang already has enough pull to entice even the weariest of journalists. The Chinese designer unveiled his second collection this evening in the London Fashion Week slot that formed part of the Fashion Fringe prize that he won back in September, and he continued to riff on the warrior theme that inspired his debut.
Jackets formed the centrepiece of the collection, precisely cut biker shapes with outsized collars and zipped panels that came in butter soft leather and checked wool. Stiff, wool capes with red piped edges fell below the knee and were worn over skinny trousers. And layered skirts, with draped and tucked wool laid over lightweight fabrics completed the uniform.
The final look, a metal body suit (the result of a collaboration with Maria Piana) worn under a heavy ribbed cape and a long, draped skirt hammered home the samurai theme. Haizhen Wang is ready to take on, and conquer, the London fashion scene.