For the spring collection from his two-year-old label, Rickyy Wong is returning to his roots. The Hong Kong-based designer put an avant-garde twist on traditional Asian garb for men and women with extreme fringe, asymmetric hems and lackadaisical layering.
“All my previous collections were inspired by Western culture,” Wong said after his presentation in Los Angeles. “Now I’m going back to Asian culture. I’m looking at [South] Korean, Japanese and Chinese cultures.”
Relying on natural fibers tinted in a spectrum that fluctuated between dusty pastels and rich reds, he played with textures — including quilting, dobby dots, jacquard and gauze — to add nuance. He also checked off the big trends for men and women, such as cropped hems and voluminous cuts, to appeal to a young, international customer.
“I don’t want to be so traditional,” he said. Case in point: He made the women’s styles “oversize, like it’s their boyfriend’s,” he said.