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“I think putting a label on it and having guys being a part of the show lets other guys know ‘Okay, I can buy this piece and I can wear it and I can rep it,’” she explains backstage. “I love menswear and that’s always influenced my work anyway like oversized and baggy so this is the new step up.”
At a time where the future of fashion is moving in a more genderless direction (which we’ve highlighted in our ongoing
It was hard to distinguish the gender of some of the models throughout the presentation, but that was almost the point with men in dresses and women in baggy pants. There was a noticeably diverse assortment of stylized looks between Mission Chinese founder
Liang’s signature outerwear pieces (fleeces, coats, and leather jackets) were paired with everything from tracksuits, striped polos, and graphic tees to acid wash denim, corsets, and baby doll dresses. Add on her reclamation of the popular gingham pattern and couples everywhere will find themselves fighting over custody for their identical and interchangeable wardrobes. The plastic pastel jewelry was a nice finishing touch, casting a youthful aura that made each piece glow. The show closed with a gentle bang as a man draped in an elegant silk white dress reminiscent of a nightgown sauntered through the room with his long, thick mane covered in bows.
“We decided [FW19] was going to be unisex like midway through,” she says. “Moving forward, I’m giving myself the space for thinking the design into it.”
As a designer, Liang’s mission is bigger than gender, an element that will probably never change as her fashion empire expands and takes on new forms. She isn’t particularly concerned about her place in menswear though. There’s no reason to worry about fitting in because Liang has already mastered the art of blending in.
“I feel like women are always taking men’s pieces and borrowing from their boyfriend’s, friends, or husband’s closets,” she says. “That’s also how I dress, I wear my boyfriend’s jackets and my dad’s old clothes. I think it’s always been like a cool thing and now it’s more of a common thing so that’s interesting.”
Florals, flesh tones, and fleece for a most fluid spring? Truly groundbreaking.