German-Chinese designer William Fan’s second collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin saw him stylistically deconstructing traditional and modern-day Hong Kong. The show opened with a cheesy song by Eighties Chinese pop queen Teresa Tang — changed into modern beats to create an appropriate prelude to his men’s and women’s “Welcome to Jade Garden” collection.
Obis were a main style element, wrapped alone as tops, around tunic shirts and dresses, and even under a trenchcoat. Loose tailored pants and wide shirts in shades of dark blue and gray in stripes and surprisingly wintery checks had edgy cuff slits, and boxy tailored jackets and coats had sleeves slit at the shoulders, turning them into sleeveless numbers.
Not to be overlooked was a trenchcoat in the same reflector material used for biking attire. Fan also showed sleek silk and linen mandarin ensembles, with almost unseen Chinese buttons and feathers, in a sequence of light yellow, jade and purple. His accessories, too, played with Chinese motifs: gold ear discs and jade-and-gold bangles and necklaces for men and women, as well as jade bangles in hair knots for the ladies.