Life is like a painting.
brushstrokes, another portion of the range featured handpainted whimsical depictions of fruit and scenery. “The collection is meant to represent the human touch, as opposed to the industrialised repetitiveness of mass production”, she reveals. Luckily, I got to look into the mind of Man Chien when she opened her private working space to #teamCLEO. Not only is it a workshop for making her clothes, it’s also a studio for her paintings. She shows me a sneak peek of her upcoming collection,
a continuation of the work I was first introduced to last year. Again, she explores Plato’s philosophy of how the mind is tricked into being manipulated by society. Although, this time, the running theme for her latest work is detachment. It’s about releasing ourselves from our past experiences and old beliefs, for the sake of mental freedom, she tells me. Man Chien cleverly ties this concept to all her new pieces, namely the Italian Mohair knit dress which can be worn in multiple ways, and the a nine-collared scarf. “Each of these represent detachment from the professional and stereotypical career expectations that have been thrust upon us,” she states, like a bohemian. The rawness of her fabrics (wool, cotton, linen) resembles her painting canvases, too. Perhaps she does view life like a painting. To my dismay, this newest anthology won’t be showcased at KLFW this year. Why? “[To] break out from the traditional fashion calendar,” says Man Chien. Detachment indeed.
Preparing for Fall/Winter 2016 production. (2016) Man Chien gets inspiration for cuts of her pieces by creating Rorschachinspired portraits. Man Chien's previous masterpieces.