Since he launched his Self-Portrait label in 2013, Han Chong has consistently delivered beautiful, accessible party dresses crafted mainly in lace and guipure. So for fall, the designer asked himself: How much can I push this?
His question was exquisitely answered with palette cues from the paintings of British figurative artist Francis Bacon and an array of unexpected details. For instance, a nude extralong-sleeved bodice with a lilac lace skirt was shown with a yellow bralette overlay and a lace-embroidered parka. Elsewhere, fil coupe culottes and tops served as reasonable alternatives to the frocks.
“I did not want it to be about only dresses,” the designer said. “Women need all sorts of things.” But dresses are his bread and butter, so he did offer plenty — in whimsical mixes of lace and embroidered appliqués, and even in floral-printed chiffon with vine guipure lace overlays.