Born in Beijing, Chi Zhang went to the UK to study at the young age of 16, pursuing a fashion master’s degree in Milan, Italy, at Istituto Marangoni. Chi Zhang works have been published in magazines such as Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, L’Officiel Hommes, Esquire China ,Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Maire Claire, FEMINA, Figaro, Men’s Uno, Timeout, Vision, I Look.
Collection Inspiration: Inspired by the intersection of past and future, the starting point of the FW17 collection is the instinctive imagination of human beings. Like a child’s imagination is filled with endless possibilities of pretend, the concept and accomplishments of space travel can be as mythical, imaginative and infinite. Past and future eventually intersect in the spiral of Time and Chi hopes to inspire self-confidence, respect and love.
The Chinese designer created a swagger-infused men’s and women’s streetwear collection with a bondage influence — straps were a main accessory as they were wrapped around arms and torsos, often extending past the overly-long sleeves.
The party-like atmosphere showed the clothes in action, saturating them with the energy and life of the performance. Many of the looks were fit for downtown and to get down, consisting of leather, fur and PVC.
Strong graphics were also a main force in the collection, as many of the sweatshirts had Zhang’s “King’s Back” slogan or an image of a gas masked face on them. The gas mask is a recurring symbol for Zhang, as at least one model has worn one in his past two collections and several wore them in this collection.
The colors were mostly primary — red, yellow and blue, plus black and white. One look combined a tan furry sweatshirt-like top with a gas masked face on the front and red patent straps with solid red leggings and thigh-high clear PVC boots. The model wore a coordinating red baseball cap to finish the excessive yet cohesive look.
World Liberty TV, Fashion Channel team was on hand for CHI ZHANG 2017 runway show at the Intrepid museum -2017, and the following notables were also in attendance : Fabolous, Miss J Alexander, Bianca Espada (Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), Carl Radke (Summer House), Ian Mellencamp (Model/Muscian), Danielle Savre (Actress), Rosa Crespo, Andrew Rosen (Co-Founder & CEO of Theory), Manuela Bordasch, Joey Zauzig.
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