Mood Board: Han Chong

De­vi­at­ing from her usual flirty dis­po­si­tion, the Self-Por­trait party girl gets a tough-luxe makeover with a util­i­tar­ian twist. By Amy Yas­mine.

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Two words sum up Self-Por­trait Spring/Sum­mer ’17: pretty tough. “This sea­son, our SelfPor­trait woman is a lit­tle bit more util­i­tar­ian, bring­ing to­gether a tougher edge to fem­i­nin­ity,” says Malaysian­born founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor Han Chong. A study of jux­ta­po­si­tions, the con­ven­tional gets tied in with the un­con­ven­tional; think voyeuris­tic sheers paired with el­e­gant sil­hou­ettes. Else­where, croc-em­bossed PVC trousers con­trast against a frilled sheer knit, while a cut-out util­i­tar­ian skirt is matched with a flo­ral bralette. “We ex­per­i­mented with new fab­rics like bonded shirt­ing and patent leathers, chal­leng­ing us to de­sign in a new way, cre­at­ing fresh sil­hou­ettes,” adds Han. “It’s some­thing for our Self-Por­trait woman to play with and style her way.”

Han Chong’s mood board for his SelfPor­trait la­bel this sea­son en­com­passes con­cep­tual im­ages, in­clud­ing Robert Map­plethorpe’s por­trait of Patti Smith

Self-Por­trait Spring/ Sum­mer ’17 De­con­structed shirt­ing at Self-Por­trait

Self-Por­trait’s flirty girl tough­ens up

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