Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8PM - Chinese celebrity designer Chi Zhang staged an audaciously energetic debut NYFW show aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Models brought their own brand of dance moves to the show, as they owned the runway lead by a ground-shaking dubstep beats. The spectacular was equal parts party and performance, unveiling a dramatic and fierce streetwear collection. Strong graphics were a main force in the collection, as many of the sweatshirts had Zhang’s “King’s Back” slogan and several models topped off their looks by wearing an intricately designed gas mask, illustrating a quintessential facet of Zhang’s style.
This Fall Winter collection was inspired by the intersection of past and future; the starting point is the instinctive imagination of human beings. Like a child’s imagination is filled with endless possibilities of pretend, the concept and accomplishments of space travel can be as mythical, imaginative and infinite. Past and future eventually intersect in the spiral of time and Chi hopes to inspire self-confidence, respect and love.
Without doubt, Chi put on a show with an infectious fierceness and fun!
Notable Attendees Included: Fabolous, Miss J Alexander, Bianca Espada (Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), Carl Radke (Summer House), Ian Mellencamp (Model/Muscian), Danielle Savre (Actress), Rosa Crespo, Andrew Rosen (Co-Founder & CEO of Theory), Manuela Bordasch, Joey Zauzig.
Designer CHI ZHANG (Left) & Miss J Alexander (Right)
Celebrity Fabolous Attended CHI ZHANG FW17 Fashion Show
Again, Dries eschewed the grandeur of the Hotel de Ville for a nondescript warehouse, accessed through a garage door. The clothes within, however, contained all the decadence, opulence and imagination that Casati and her lover (the corrupt poet Gabriele D'Annunzio), fashioned their reputations and wardrobes with.
The opening look of capacious faux leopard-fur trousers felt more Muppet Show than 1900 Grand Canal palazzo, but Casati's sense of drama and opulence was felt everywhere else. Leopard print, rich velvet and decorative pearls were repeated themes, matched with Prince of Wales check and sporting blazers for day, then ramped up with sequins and ornate jacquards for night. Star pieces included a beautiful leopard cape worn over wide creased cream trousers, as well as an audacious velvet leopard print suit. Casati kept a pet boa snake (as well as cheetahs with jewelled collars), and snake print decorated ankle boots with sculptural heels, or wound their way across a long black crepe evening dress and the lapel of a tuxedo. Bordeaux and champagne velvets used in sweeping gowns, skirts and sleeveless tops were redolent of the thick draped curtains that hung from her palazzo windows, keeping prying eyes from the opium and cocaine being experimented with inside.