Huishan Zhang watched Wong Kar-Wai’s stylish films — “Chungking Express” and “2046” — and based his sophisticated fall collection on the director’s vision of dark romance.

The show opened with femme fatales all in black, a welcome dark turn for Zhang. A high-neck top in sparkly sheer mesh was modeled after cheongsams — a recurring motif in the show — and was tucked into a leather wrap skirt, glammed up by rows of jet bead fringing. A leather jacket hemmed with feathers came with pleated  leather trousers — not an easy thing to make look elegant, but Zhang pulled it off.

A full skirt in patent leather, cut open to show an underlying mini, had a fun youthful appeal, vamped up by a sheer top. Shiny black leather trousers with peplum hips had broad appeal — more than the jarring one-shouldered olive green knot bustier that topped a pink and silver jacquard ensemble.

Then the show show segued back to the fairy-tale romance that Zhang is known for: a bouclé tweed skirt suit fringed with white pearls carried with it the refinement of Rue Cambon, while a blossom jacquard in sugary shades came in full-skirted shapes played against pearlescent sequins.

Zhang’s brand of unapologetic opulence pulsed throughout. He has an established client base now and they lap it up.

By  on February 19, 2018

Huishan Zhang watched Wong Kar-Wai’s stylish films — “Chungking Express” and “2046” — and based his sophisticated fall collection on the director’s vision of dark romance.

The show opened with femme fatales all in black, a welcome dark turn for Zhang. A high-neck top in sparkly sheer mesh was modeled after cheongsams — a recurring motif in the show — and was tucked into a leather wrap skirt, glammed up by rows of jet bead fringing. A leather jacket hemmed with feathers came with pleated  leather trousers — not an easy thing to make look elegant, but Zhang pulled it off.

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