“Genesis” was the name of Shiatzi Chen’s fall collection, “a tribute to the ever-flaming passion and inspiration in us, reminding us that every step we take is a mark of our past effort,” said design director Wang Chen Tsai-hsiao summarized in an emailed statement.
Visually, the fire was rendered to look like fireworks, with ostrich feather detailing translated into allover fringing on coats, dresses and wide pants, for example green sequined dress with mandarin collar. Pieces of white with multicolored tassels on, or ostrich feather details on tweed, add interest to the silhouette.
In fact there were references to the fashion of the time – there was also a design with a ruffled skirt in black satin and lace – as well as 1980s influences which Wang describes as a “retro-modern look”. were used. A brown leather bomber had a sequined front, and was worn with matching shorts as a total look.
Dressier pieces with bandana neckerchiefs or sporty zip-up ribbed collared tops with ribbed shoulders bearing the brand name were summed up as “a new style of Oriental casual”.
Red and black dominated, but there were also splashes of jewel tones, again simulating a festive display in the night sky. Colorful smoky prints were just as effective as sleeveless jackets draped over simple black pants.
But while there were some eye-catching silhouettes in this eclectic collection, much of it was a fizzle rather than a blast.