Spring/ Summer 2019
For Spring 2019, Chong put most of his energy into bold, distinctive graphics. The splashy palette was inspired by his recent trip to Ibiza—his first “true” vacation since starting the label in 2013—and the sharp, geometric florals felt plucked from the late ’60s or ’70s. On their own, they might remind in-the-know girls of the Bloomsbury Group; the Self-Portrait way, of course, is to splice and layer the prints together, then throw a Lurex sweater on top for good measure.
The standouts weren’t necessarily those happily OTT looks, some of which combined a graphic swimsuit (a new category for Self-Portrait) with a sparkly knit and a multi-print skirt. Instead, a long, canary yellow gown with pale-pink and navy blooms stood out for its spare, curve-hugging simplicity. A black ruched version with ’40s-ish sleeves had a similar ease about it; Chong said he wanted it all to simply feel relaxed, like you could actually wear it on a faraway beach. There were still a few pleats and frills here and there, but he’s moving away from those stiffer details. Even Chong’s best-selling lace was in short supply, replaced by its softer, more charming cousin from the ’70s: crochet. A long-sleeved white dress crocheted with small daisies looked more appealing (read: comfortable) than the sheer lacy shirtdresses, and you wouldn’t have to save it for your next island getaway, either. City girls will wear it with sneakers without thinking twice.
Available in Jade Senayan City