February 3, 2016
By Lynn Quanjel
Photos by Alexander J.E. Bradley
Paris, France – Theatrical, creative and internationally admired… Bowie Wong once again knows how to live up to his name with his Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture Collection. The Japanese designer launched his Couture brand in 2010, which caused a lot of attention during the Australian Fashion Week. Ever since that moment, he has been travelling the world, discovering new techniques and dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue. This is Wong’s third year showing his couture collection in Paris. And it was quite a show indeed!
The collection “123ABC” is based on creative reinterpretations of the Japanese school uniforms. There are many collars, skater skirts, headbands, ribbons, pleated skirts and vertical lines spotted on the runway. Interesting about this collection, however, is the fact that all of the outfits are dramatized into over the top looks, which remind us of dolls or manga figures such as Sailor Moon.
Many of the designs have large circle shapes integrated in the sleeves or the skirts. And there are lots of asymmetrical stuffed shapes attached to the clothes in order to create more volume. Also notable is the use of many wide transparent materials which create volume, yet still leaving a natural lines of the body. This is a perfect tactic to create a dramatic effect without losing the girly and feminine atmosphere.
The theme of the “123ABC” collection is emphasized by the hair and make-up of the models, which is very doll-like. Also the classic school shoes with calves’ high socks and the accessories – such as ABC & 123 necklaces and headbands – contribute to the overall scholar experience. Bowie Wong manages to impress us with an extreme, cohesive, and mostly fun collection. We can’t wait to see what will be his next project!