Feng Chen Wang experienced a series of lucid nightmares. They are populated by wild and fantastic beasts. In addition to the phoenix to which she is so closely drawn, there is also, she says, a Zoom, dragons and monkeys and the like: hybrid animals haunting a forest in her subconscious. Every day, she wakes up to those nightmares that she remembers almost perfectly, episodes of a series that she can’t choose not to watch. The current theme of these episodes? âYou want to get there, but you can never get there. It doesn’t matter what you do.
In that conversation, she said she felt it was the anxiety of the past few months and not being able to return to her team in London that could have been the source of her unconscious troubles. As a safety measure, she consulted a Feng Shui consultant who advised her to wear an amulet engraved with a phoenix. And of course, she took all that material and put it in this collection.
Shown in Shanghai on a fire-fringed water track – two mutually exclusive elements in close proximity – the collection included its first formal ‘women’s wear’ (although we’ve seen some here and there before).
Although Wang was hesitant to identify the gender of the clothes in the name of the categorical imperative of fashion, there were transparent phoenix-print dresses and cycling pants, cool-looking asymmetrical skirts, as well as leather tops. knotted which looked quite specific. Beyond that, however, the two genre elements merged and blended through her distinct and irreverent approach to tailoring and athletic wear. Indistinct swirls on knits mirrored this dreamy state forest, as her phoenix flew through shoes, denim and a metal bra. The only real nightmare here was for the UGG collaboration’s shoes on this liquid ground: otherwise, Wang has harnessed her dream state demons to lead this track reality one step further to where she wants to be.