Xander Zhou presented yet another collection like no other.
The idea behind his SS19 collection, presented at London Fashion Week Men’s was celebrating your own individuality in a world that completely takes over one’s privacy and uniqueness. The theatrical in-your-face element this season was pregnant male alien models walking down the runway – brilliantly created by make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench. This, however wasn’t the only element that shook the crowd on this early morning show – the models also wore unnaturally and may we add, freaky, blue contacts, one of them also had a glowing optic line above his eyebrows addimg to the supernatural look.
The soundtrack, engineered by Emil Schult, consisted a robotic female voice chanting phrases like “I am digitized” which supported the theme exploring technology’s impact on medicine and the growing digitization of humanity.
Thre press notes cited the EU’s recently-enforced General Data Protection Regulation act, exploring personal appearance:
‘You will know me by my oversized silhouettes, formed of rugby pullovers, skintight training trousers and boxy sleeved ‘magua’ t-shirts finished with unexpected cutouts, elasticated cuffs and ruching. Funnel-neck racer and multi-pocketed ‘fatigue’ jackets incorporated safety paneling and contrast seams that allow me to express myself. I only release authentic expressions into the world’
‘My wardrobe s made up of misty blue, grey, Fuchsia, moss, green, brick red and scarlet. Homogeneity runs counter to my personal brand. I wear bright colours because I a different to the rest of the population. I generally prefer acid washed denim, high performance cotton drill, sheer nylon offset by tightly pleated polyester and terry toweling. My style will be remembered well past the time when the sun begins to collapse and consumes Earth in about 4-5 billion years’
The looks were teamed with round toe loafers, suede slipper shoes, rectilinear sunglasses, cyclist sleeves and padded mini shorts worn over trousers to complete the futuristic, sci-fi feel of the collection.