NYFW AW20: Self-Portrait

DESPITE only launching in 2013, the growing success of Self-Portrait has been meteoric, establishing itself as both a household name and a globally recognised fashion brand. The contemporary luxury label’s ability to flourish with great velocity was once again evidenced at the showcasing of its AW20 collection in New York, with Han Chong contrasting pastel-hued elegance against dusky silhouettes to present his innovative vision of the modern woman.

Renowned for their generous arrays of pretty cocktail dresses and special occasion attire, comprised of signature elements such as embroidery and lace, the Malaysian fashion designer continued to saunter in the same direction taken for AW19, favouring ready-to-wear pieces that emphasised refinement and simplicity.

The runway show commenced with a similar look to last season in terms of the sharply tailored fit, cinched waist and use of dark monochromatic tones, but this time with a futuristic edge in the form of a trench coat, animated with vinyl-coated material for a glossy, patent finish.

Party dresses comprised of figure hugging velvet and lurex and embossed in diamante crystals were central to the collection, emphasising Chong’s desire to focus on the finer details. Satin mules contributed a hint of glamour to minimalist looks, while accessories injected an equestrian inspired feel.

Evidently, Chong has been greatly successful in steering away from the signature shrills of ruffles and frills, in an adamant pursuit of steady modern change. In spite of his newly found vision, his mantra remains intact throughout the entire collection, keeping things light and simple, with a sultry edge.

by Cara Jenkins