Chinese fashion designer Xander Zhou planned out his fall 2021 collection as if it was a tech product. The look book, which he calls a manual, comes with detailed descriptions of each garment’s material and inspiration.

The look: A smart remix and update from his previous work, combining his modern take on Chinese elements with his obsession with the future, technology, and extraterrestrial life.

Quote of note: “From last season, I began to have a different take on how to run my brand. I am at a different stage in life now. Before, I was so eager to explore new ideas, and if everything was not new in a collection, I would feel defeated. But now, newness should come from my own system, which I have been building for over a decade. I am comfortable enough to extract new combinations from my system to create new items.”

Standout pieces: Cape-shaped puffer jackets. Double-layer, cutout trousers that can be mixed and matched. Denim suit in a crackled wash. Muted pixelated print shirts. Jackets with frog closures.

The takeaway: We miss the wow factor from his theatrical show productions. But given the pandemic and how hard it is to move things between China and the U.K., we will take this straightforward collection for now.

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