Angel Chen Spring Summer 2022 at Shanghai Fashion Week

Angel Chen has made a name for herself by fusing East and West. She never shies from unusual collaborations to represent and empower the Asian community through its own culture. With its Spring/Summer 2022, ANGEL CHEN collaborates with artist Amey Sali and dancers Ma Xiaolong and Zhang Yashu. Amey Sali is an Indian Shanghai based new age artist known for his expressive use of colors and visual work with lights and shadows. Dancers Ma Xiaolong and Zhang Yashu bring an interpretative and imaginative performance to a grand runway show that pays homage to classical martial arts movies.

ANGEL CHEN’s colorful approach to fashion has become a trademark. The same way Angel expertly manipulates color, she instinctively and naturally inserts Amey’s artistry in the collection. The artwork is converted on fabric through marble painting, inkjet painting, colored painting and spin art.

The result is an impactful display of cultural vitality. ANGEL CHEN’s signatures – Chinese calligraphy, traditional embroidery and tie-dye – find stamina against Sali’s works as Angel experiments with splash ink and ink jet. In a color palette made of maple orange, bamboo green, sand yellow and sapphire blue, ANGEL CHEN emphasizes her modern take on the visual language of classical martial arts movies.

Through her fashion work, ANGEL CHEN strives to vividly present a modern oriental spirit and attitude that is rooted in traditional culture. A present force strong in its history.

To showcase its Spring/Summer 2022 collection, ANGEL CHEN creates an artistic tableau of artist performances. Dancers Ma Xiaolong and Zhang Yashu star in a narrative dance act inspired by the collection story and oriental martial arts. ANGEL CHEN created all the dancers’ costumes

Highlights include a chess game dance routine pivoted from a central high point of a set made of cascading gauze curtains and dancers playing the Chinese Gugin under oil paper umbrellas lit by a light show of whirling bamboo shadows.

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 designers[1]to-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


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