We kicked off London Fashion Week with Angus Chiang – a contemporary menswear label inspired by Taiwanese culture, combining humour with joyful spirits – at the top of our agenda.
The brand is far from the typical men’s tailoring of dark shades and tailoring and the AW17 collection has a nostalgic feel, taking us on a journey back to the school playground.
Continuing with his playful nature, the outfits were influenced by 90’s electronic music and hip-hop culture in addition to celebrity culture. Jerry Lo (also known as DJ Jerry) plays a vital role, as he was the individual who brought American pop culture to Taiwan and, in the process, inspired Angus Chiang through his bold and innovative dress sense.
This is Chiang’s first take on suits, demonstrating clearly the aesthetics of school uniform. The collection was full of wide collars, an excessive number of accessories and heart-shaped symbols (which are a commonly drawn doodle for students). Woven upon the garments are blessings, messages and jokes that students would leave in each other’s yearbooks.
The combination of material used for accessories gave a nod to resources that were available to students, hence the creation of acrylic earrings. Though not practical, a standout piece was the footwear – oversized, laced up, Converse-style trainers. Inspired by canvas style shoes, it showcases the pop style of youth culture.
Overall the collection was bold, daring, and vibrant. Defying the rules of fashion, it was quite refreshing to see flamboyant colour for Autumn/Winter.