Self-Portrait

Pre – Fall 2018

 

As spring finally heats up in the U.S. (and London, where Chong is based), that customer will be particularly excited to buy a new dress to wear to weddings. The dresses in Chong’s signature guipure lace—including a pleated orchid A-line, a blush maxi dress, and a black long-sleeved mini—will look familiar to her, but he also introduced a few softer, vaguely retro frocks. The red and black polka-dot numbers were a surprise, and may have stemmed from the vintage obsession happening on Instagram; every day is #ThrowbackThursday now, with designers and influencers alike posting mood images of Jane Birkin, Romy Schneider, or Brigitte Bardot. (Some brands even make clothes in those women’s images, like Rouje and Réalisation Par.) A cherry red dress with a keyhole neckline looked plucked from the ’60s, but a micro-mini with puffed sleeves and an asymmetrical neckline had more of an ’80s slant. Chong must have had an inkling the decade would be huge for Fall ’18; while those collections won’t hit stores until August, his polka-dot dress is available now—and will likely go fast.

For the Self-Portrait girl more interested in daywear, there were eyelet tops in a similar puffed-up silhouette and a few pieces in glen plaid, like a ruffled miniskirt and cropped trousers. Maybe it’s the endless winter we just experienced, but most women are ready to say goodbye to plaid for a while, and will bypass those items for Chong’s lighter, breezier pieces.

 

Available in Jade Senayan City

Self-Portrait

Spring Summer 2018

 

Self-Portrait is more than just the pastel lace dresses every girl on Instagram has. In recent seasons, Han Chong has turned the brand into a source for cool, fashion-forward party looks—lace or otherwise—that 20- and 30-something women actually want to wear (and can afford). That’s surprisingly hard to find, even on the crowded New York Fashion Week calendar. Chong’s peers in the contemporary space might rely too heavily on trends or overwork their clothes, but he keeps things light and fun. That doesn’t lead to controversial, boundary-pushing fashion, but he’s meeting a need. Before the show, a colleague made the excellent point that Self-Portrait is also perfect for teens searching for unconventional, unstuffy prom dresses, or college girls going to holiday mixers.

 

Available in Jade Senayan City