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AW17 London Collections: Men – Wan Hung

Drawing inspiration from Hainan island in China.

AW17 London Collections: Men – Wan Hung
Image courtesy of Ella Dror PR
AW17 London Collections: Men — Wan Hung

Wan Hung made his formal debut at London Collections: Men with a live presentation with digital elements.

Continuing to be inspired by his native Hainan island in China, this season focusses on the nostalgia and fond memories of the uniquely Hainanese Chinese New Year celebrations of traditional Chinese Tang suit robes and preparing seafood together as a family.

Wan Hung’s reference points and silhouettes for AW17 are inspired by the traditional Chinese Tang suit robes blended with Western tailoring. Prints are developed from the Chinese character for ‘good luck’. Traditional techniques such as complex Chinese knotting are combined with innovations including glitter fabrics and yarns from Italy, Portuguese denim, rubberised PVC from Korea, high tech wadding from France and iron-free 100% cotton shirting from producers in Turkey. Pooling the finest textile innovations and fabrications from around the globe, they are given unity through a unified colour palette of red, silver and gold, off-set with an ocean blue in homage to his island home on Hainan.

Wan Hung was founded in 2014 following designer Wan Hung Cheung’s graduation from Central St Martins. Clean-cut tailoring with sharp details and classical silhouettes reinvented through textile and print development and innovation remain at the heart of his work. The juxtaposition of Hainan’s natural beauty and the present day urban environment is a constant thread in Wan’s inspiration, bringing a piece of paradise into the modern menswear wardrobe of today.

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