Chinese designer Anna Yang, who made her Milan debut for fall, brought some star dust to the city with a collection that took its cue from aliens and her own fascination with the 1947 Roswell “UFO incident,” which has spawned a body of conspiracy theories.
Not for Yang, though, scary creatures with antennae or robots on wheels. Her aliens were more of the “Blade Runner” variety — an elegant bevy of ladies with a penchant for silvery fabrics and bright, clashing colors.
“I wanted to mix the silver with the pink because it’s so sweet and soft — I thought that would come as a surprise,” said the designer, who is planning to open her first European store in Milan later this year. She currently sells her upbeat, youthful collections at Beijing’s Galeries Lafayette and via a clutch of stand-alone stores in mainland China.
The collection was one big silver tray of colorful macaroons and other tea time treats: A silver croc patterned jacket sprouted fat pink fuzzy sleeves, while fur chubbies and long coats came in shades of bubble gum, burgundy, tangerine and tomato.
Balancing all of that colorful bulk were sheer skirts — in black, red or caramel — and short, patent pinafore dresses layered over contrasting shirts with pouf sleeves — in combinations such as egg yolk and green, purple and silver.
Spray-painted silver jeans with raw edges were a nod to the current distressed denim trends, while a long silver trench had an eerie feel, like something a private investigator on Mars might wear. Overalls and black patent trousers were a little ill-fitting and awkward, but they were a rare misstep in a collection that was otherworldly — in all the right ways.