Xander Zhou presents us with the new generation
Words by Zaki Maoui
Xander Zhou presented his Autumn/Winter 2017 collection during LFWM and titled it "I’m Carrying a Secret Weapon". He drew inspiration from his own cultural heritage in Asia and thus the line of clothing consisted of a blend oriental accents and Western attitudes. Zhou wanted to use the collection and the show to portray a sense of identity, with a strong emphasis upon one's identity in relation to others. He wanted people to embrace a new realisation of the position of young people. Experimental tailoring, bleached denim and PVC reflected the 'no shits given' attitude that many people associate young people with, something that Zhou does not want to be overlooked or forgotten. He played with tailoring and colour, and outerwear was in some places cropped and others more than oversized, while slim-fitting trousers were teamed with cut-off T-shirts and shirts.
The collection was fitting. It showed that we have indeed grown up, but we have not yet breached adulthood. We are still young. The models themselves showed this, with their formation beginning with the youngest and ending with slightly older (still young) men who encapsulate Zhou's vision. As Zhou says, by this point "we have come to understand ourselves" and that self is one that does not conform.