The I Am Chen runway with Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week AW19 was, yet again, another brilliantly bedazzling parade of bold colour blocking and layering perfection. Each look drew a vibrant energy, as models strutted out one by one down the buzzing Freemason’s Hall.
Engineering student turned fashion designer, Zhi Chen, is well known for her technical work in design, spending long hours perfecting her pieces using technology and machine work. Utilising the precision of machinery, Chen is able to create picture perfect pieces of aesthetic accuracy.
We particularly love that Chen prefers to refer to herself as a technician rather than a designer. The title as a reference encourages us to have slightly different expectations in Chen’s shows to others we might attend during LFW. We’re looking at the lines, the symmetry, the intricacy of the knitted fabric, and we’re thinking about how Chen might have employed her engineering background to achieve her end goal with each design.
The ‘Unclassifiable’ AW19 collection was a vast mix of all kinds of pieces: jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, jumpers etc., each staying true to Chen’s distinctive contrast colour block style. Looks were paired alongside a statement beauty style showcasing a bold lip, bright orange or green eyeshadow and occasionally 80’s inspired hair-dos, matching appropriately with the rambunctiousness of the collection itself.
Scroll through the gallery above to see looks from the ‘Unclassifiable’ runway at Fashion Scout or, alternatively, learn more about I Am Chen through the official website here.
Images: provided by Pop PR.