Angus Chiang Spring/Summer 2018

For his first runway outing for Paris Fashion Week Men’s, the stage was set for a high impact display of neon brights, cartoonish patchwork and plastic headgear. In short, every maximalist’s dream. Officially, the Taiwanese-based designer’s inspiration was cycling and speed racing in his home country and the ways such fast-paced activities can be translated into clothing.

Angus Chiang was a finalist for this year’s LVMH Prize, a fiercely competitive and highly prestigious design competition judged by some of fashion’s luminaries and noteworthy designers. His talent was evident in the patchwork denim pieces in bold colors and button detailing. The nylon cutout tracksuits were also particularly appealing in the sporty, high-intensity sense. That said, a commercial viability was lacking overall. Bejeweled chunky platforms, fishnet tights and see-through tops were visually jarring in some instances. Psychedelic prints of the speed-racing variety appeared a bit too forced and literal, especially the ones printed on leggings.

Chiang usually presents in Tokyo and never strays too far from his design roots. His heritage is a constant source of inspiration and there are definitely encouraging signs of growth. While this collection missed the mark a bit in terms of a practical way of dressing, the cultural references and street-infused sensibilities are strong foundations to build upon as he continues to take his brand to the next level.