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Angel Chen Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection

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Angel Chen’s fall collection came together in a uniquely nomadic way. Finally able to take a much-desired trip to Mongolia—her fiancé is half-Mongolian—Chen and his team set up a mobile studio and began exploring Mongolian cities. “We drove to a place, settled in and found the [local artisans] and worked on the collection together, the whole team,” she explained on Zoom. “It was a very dramatic experience for me because everything was done by someone who is very down to earth, who protects the environment and who loves his farm, the place where he grew up. It’s like making the produced directly inside your home.

The result is a stunning collection, photographed across different Mongolian landscapes, that brings together Chen’s discerning vision for silhouette and texture, with intricate local craftsmanship. Pieces run the gamut from simple, like workwear-ready button-down shirts and hand-embroidered jumpsuits with cowries, ponchos, jackets and hoodies in intricately woven tapestries with an image of horse. A cover made from a panoramic image of a landscape was fashioned into a sleeveless dress with a high neck, its bold green and orange to match the Mongolian steppe.

Elsewhere, a pair of wide leg jeans with a ruffled, shaggy fur detail at the waist have been cuffed extra wide – so wide there are buttonholes to hold the cuff in place – showing a stenciled design painted in below. Worn with a baby tee and a bohemian-style white felt coat with a shaggy fur trim, it had a certain ease but also a glamour, like something Rihanna might wear. An oversized quilted jacket and trousers in intricately woven jacquards and brocades also had real-life superstar appeal. Another special piece was a pair of dragon print jeans made from a special velvet denim developed by Chen. While it’s obvious that some of the pieces won’t be available for wide retail distribution, the collection as a whole is steeped in the designer’s point of view, connecting traditional craft traditions with modern silhouettes and, in doing so, ensuring that these important trades do not disappear.