Exploring the line between human and alien, Zhou’s SS19 sci-fi influence was an unmistakable. The coalescence of hospital scrubs and morning gowns bedecked with extraterrestrial prints, cornered cuts, rectangular shapes, yellow-tinted sunglasses and the odd use of prosthetics, designed in collaboration with makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, cemented the collection’s daring ‘n dystopian narrative.
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We shine a beam of light onto the London Fashion Week Men’s streetwear-focused catwalks, 9-11 June, where designer Xander Zhou turned heads with an out-of-this-dimension fashion experience. It’s a whole new world, baby!
A Lesson In Techno-Orientalism
As taught to us by London Fashion Week Official:
“Zhou has been reconnecting with his Asian roots since his SS16 collection. Steering clear of stereotypes, he has been exploring the connection between oriental mysticism and the futuristic modernity of Asia. A blend of cultures and featuring an hyperactive virtual community culture, the continent’s people embrace everything electronic, scientific and technological. This vibe, coined techno-orientalism, has thus far inspired a number of Zhou’s collections, which also built on the previous theme of “diversity”.
Today, Zhou is taking his concept one step further by sketching a map of future humanity, merging the real and the ideal by creating a universe in which the characters in his collections can coexist and interconnect — whether they are human, android or alien. In this universe, new boundaries of diversity can be explored. This “new diversity”, beyond ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual and gender identities, is the Milky Way of imagination, absurdity and romanticism, where the old standards to examine human society and its individuals have been completely abandoned.”
Bringing the fashions of tomorrow to the catwalks of today, Zhou on June 11 presented London Fashion Week Men’s unfazed yet astonished — aka a steely look only known and produced by FROW members, plastic surgery or no plastic surgery — audiences with his SS19 collection. Whitney Bauck reports for Fashionista.
The Fashionista POV
“Remember when cool-kid brands like Eckhaus Latta, Glossier and Opening Ceremony made a splash last fall by featuring very pregnant models on the runway or in their ad campaigns? As of now, it looks like the trend of glamorizing pregnancy has officially made its way into menswear, too, with the appearance of male models wearing prosthetic baby bumps during the Xander Zhou presentation at London Fashion Week Men’s.
Many of the models in the show wore tight T-shirts or tank tops either rolled up or tucked near the top of their artificially bulging bellies. Lest the baby bumps be mistaken for beer bellies, at least one model walked with his arms protectively cradling his stomach, as pregnant mothers are often prone to do, and one T-shirt read “New World Baby,” more explicitly referenced the child-bearing theme.
Further underlining the collection’s emphasis on futuristic visions of what humanity could become were the eerie-colored contacts some models wore — not to mention a model who appeared to have six arms sticking out of his six jacket holes. Whether it’s a genuine statement about lessening the limits of gender or a mere publicity stunt, this collection is sure to garner plenty of attention for Xander Zhou.”
Thus concludes Bauck.
From Art Deco angles presented in “Metropolis” to “Star Wars” Leia and Amidala inspired metallic bikinis or Mongolian robes and “The Matrix” galvanized trenches, the force of the marriage between sci-fi and fashion has long been awakened. And continues to go strong.