Daughter of the Dragon
The term “Dragon Lady”, inspired by the roles played by the actress Anna May Wong, is a double-edged sword. This stereotype, inherent in Wong’s powerful and domineering answer to adversity, went on to become, somehow, derogatory. As the first Chinese American Hollywood actress, Wong struggled to free herself from the stereotypes the world projected on her. It earned her the nickname of Dragon Lady but allowed generations of Asian women after her to rise: They are the Daughters of the Dragon.
At a time where Asians, and specifically Asian women, have been the target of heinous attacks, representation, and empowering the Asian community through its own culture, matters. With her Fall/Winter 2021 collection, ANGEL CHEN pays homage to one that paved the way and celebrates her champions.
ANGEL CHEN, playing with this antinomy, celebrates Anna May’s strengths: her career with prints reminiscent of classic black and white movie imagery (more specifically from the movie “Daughter of the Dragon”), her seductive beauty with PU leather and her fighting nature with denim undergone tinting, laser fading, washing, and aging. All the while spotlighting the tenderness she allowed her successors to express with mesmerizing mohair, wool, angora mixed yarn, hand crochet and tie-dyes in a color palette of pinks, yellows, powder blues and light purples. Using more antinomic layers, and with the use of an exclusively developed Ikat fabric, Angel Chen tells a story of tenderness fighting its way through harshness.
Angel Chen has made a name for herself by fusing East and West, depth and lightness, audacious and demure. Her latest collection celebrates a woman’s ability to turn strength and tenderness into complimentary weapons.
ANGEL CHEN x Canada Goose
Strong of a successful release with Canada Goose along with her Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, ANGEL CHEN debuts the second drop of her collaboration with the Canadian brand. The new capsule collection maintains ANGEL CHEN’s reinterpretation of Canada Goose’s iconic parka, Snow Mantra, but this time enriched with Chinese hand embroidery and in new rich colors – fortune red, boreal blue, tidal green and blossom yellow – always true to ANGEL CHEN’s design language.
ANGEL CHEN x ROMBAUT
ANGEL CHEN collaborates with the Paris-based vegan accessory brand ROMBAUT to introduce an eco-friendly hybrid of her iconic “dragon teeth” shoe sole with ROMBAUT’s classic “Boccaccio” trainer body. The collaborative shoe style comes in low top and high top, in black, white and military green. ROMBAUT’s signature “snow chain” harness gets an exclusive make-over enriched with hardware playing dragon horns, hinting at the ANGEL CHEN’s Fall/Winter 2021 Collection storyline.
ANGEL CHEN (brand)
ANGEL CHEN is a vanguard Chinese designer brand founded in 2014 by Angel Chen. The brand’s signature colorful approach to fashion coupled with its core-concept of fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics has deemed it to be one of the most popular young fashion brands internationally. ANGEL CHEN has been showing on the official Milan Fashion Week calendar since 2017 and has successfully launched various crossover collaborations with premier brands such as H&M, adidas Originals, M.A.C, McDonald’s, Canada Goose… enhancing its popularity and recognition among consumers worldwide. Stocked at more than 100 international retailers – including Lane Crawford, NET-A-PORTER, Galeries Lafayette, Selfridges, Luisa Via Roma and Urban Outfitters – ANGEL CHEN is part of a new wave of young Chinese Brands making an impact globally.
Angel Chen (Designer)
Angel Chen graduated from Central Saint Martin in 2014 with a debut collection entitled “Les Noces”. She was featured in Vogue Magazine, chosen by i-D as one of five designersto-watch and won Fashion Scout’s “Ones to Watch” that same year, driving her to launch her eponymous label. In 2016, Chen was listed on Forbes’ “30 under 30”, and in 2017, she was included in the prestigious BoF 500 list. In 2018, ANGEL CHEN was shortlisted among the finalists for the International Woolmark Prize. In 2020, Angel participated in Netflix’s “Next in Fashion”, an extraordinary opportunity to represent her country. She made it to the top 4 with her unique style and highly skilled techniques. Over the past 7 years, Angel Chen has positioned herself as a notable representative figure for a global and exciting new generation of Chinese designers. She proudly leads the way.
All images courtesy of Angel Chen