PFW AW14: Shiatzy Chen

Sometimes simple works. Shiatzy Chen’s Autumn 2014 Ready to Wear collection’s strength is in its simplest pieces. Its rainbow palette is so simple that a child can see its grouped colors move through the line. While there are pretty colors throughout, though, the full rainbow effect serves to separate the collection, vice bind it together.

There is, too, a relative leitmotif in Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia’s floral prints. On coats, dresses, and jackets, the blooms connect to with all black looks that, with their multiple textiles, are not stark, but rather rich. Silhouettes, too, vary, with barely a one repeated throughout the 45 looks: wrapped miniskirts, tapered trousers, shifts, belted coats, cropped fur, and even a pleated gown.

Shiatzy Chen Fall 2014 RTW Look 03 a

Shiatzy Chen Fall 2014 RTW Look 11a

Shiatzy Chen Fall 2014 RTW Look 13a

Shiatzy Chen Fall 2014 RTW Look 29a

Shiatzy Chen Fall 2014 RTW Look 36a

A player in the Asian market since its founding in 1978, the collection certainly has the broad offerings to appeal to both its eastern and its western clients. Its separates, like the set of pretty little jackets, will suit women of a certain age as easily as a younger set will pair them with jeans. Perhaps that versatility is the test of the collection’s success.

by Alison Santighian

Images courtesy Shiatzy Chen/Karla Otto


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