The cult of Xander Zhou is growing – his latest collection was an ode to his past, present and future.
Xander Zhou is a master of illusion – his latest collection looked to the reinvention of current outerwear classics such as the bomber, technical coat and trench coat – making it post-earth friendly as one would best describe Xander Zhou’s work. His collection did, however, tackle two very intricate parts of dress – men in skirts and religious attire.
The collection opened up in a crisp, all-white palette – using rosaries as accessories, angelic one might say. Xander Zhou has continuously over the course of his career tried to identify what our future will look like, both in our wardrobe and in our hearts. This collection particularly targeted the religious and cult aspect of our future, with astrology-themed jackets and constantly shifting from tribe to tribe – including several reinvented religious garments.
Most notably in the collection, was the lack of trousers – intentional lack of trousers that is. Xander Zhou is the latest designer to embark on the mission to normalise skirts as a part of the wardrobe for all genders, ranging from midi to maxi. This has previously been attempted by Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and John Galliano to name a few. The collection also featured an impeccable array of fabrics, ranging from natural to synthetics, featuring prints, contrast stitching and embellishments. It is very daring of Xander Zhou to target or at least look towards the future – especially when discussing the aspect of our future religious lives in regards to clothing.
The collection was a futuristic breath of fresh air, it’s opening up for a new discussion surrounding clothing and its place in our lives when we leave earth. A time, I’m very certain Xander Zhou will be a part of.