New Designers Making Waves
Although Self-Portrait’s creative director Han Chong has been involved in the fashion industry for over a decade co-founding relaxed luxe label Three Floor, it hasn’t been until now that the Malaysian designer is really starting to create waves on the style scene, striking out with his new, edgy feminine label, Self-Portrait. The label hit the floor running towards the end of 2013.
The designer graduated from Central Saint Martins, following in the footsteps of his fashion hero, the late-great Alexander McQueen. Chong’s aesthetics resemble design elements of McQueen’s creations, with intricate design details and structurally sound silhouettes that forge a kind of fiercely fabulous femininity that ultimately standouts in a striking way.
An alluring amalgamation of ladylike lust via lots of lace, embroidery and sheer overlays with a touch of androgynous cleaner lines, the label plays with modern dressing for women who are original as well as versatile, with price tags that welcome a more affordable balance, bridging the gap between high street and designer.
Han Chong’s charmingly cool dresses and separates have grabbed the attention of celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Lucy Hale and Kristen Stewart, whom have all been seen parading his designs on the red carpet.
Designer Sheena Trivedi’s eponymous label uniquely intermingles the two influential cultures she was surround by whilst growing up; New Dehli, which projects an abundance of traditional Indian colour and exuberance, and New York, with its sleek sophistication and precision.
Trivedi studied at Switzerland’s prestigious Le Institut Le Rosey, where a case of European flair and elegance found her, elements of which later forged her unique designs.
Blending Indian fabrications with Western silhouettes conjures up Sheena Trivedi’s futuristic and daring label; fashions that create a flirtatious dance between tradition and rebellion: modishness and potency: exoticism and the modern urban universe.
An eclectic assortment of fabrications ranges from jersey to chiffon and leather, which are then desirably bedecked with feathers, lightening bolts and embroidery, ultimately achieving a bold contrast between classic shapes and whimsical embellishments.
By Katie Farley