Although we’re all painfully disconnected in the physical world, as showcased by the bottomless newsfeed of attacks by people against people this year, designer Feng Chen Wang is focusing on how we’re all connected online. This type of connectivity is much more superficial than the latter—pokes on Facebook, swipes on Tinder, double taps on Instagram—and has dramatically intensified in the last decade.
Wang, whose work in the past has always been deeply emotional, considered how the online community creates feelings of aloneness and togetherness when designing her spring ’17 unisex range, using clothing as a metaphor to express how paths digitally cross in 2016.
The words, “YOU,” and, “ME,” were printed in 3D fabric letters across pieces—Wang’s signature—while looped cables that cinched and loosened strengthened the designer’s dialogue about connectivity. There’s something slick and futuristic about the way Wang approaches sportswear, finishing everything with a relaxed, organic edge—nuances that come together for a dramatic effect.
Reflecting technology, Wang’s color story focused mostly on neutrals—white, grey and navy—with a jolt of energy through fiery red-orange accents. At this week’s VFiles presentation, models were styled with white paint on body parts related to communication: “the ear that listens, the mouth that speaks, the hand that extends, that touches.”