Self-Portrait

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.

 

 

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Self-Portrait

Resort 2019

 

2019. Fashion has changed: the goalposts have shifted. Today, women want more from their wardrobes: beauty that functions, elegance tempered with ease. Modernity demands practicality. A dress cannot be just a dress: it must embolden, empower, uplift. For resort ‘19, Self-Portrait is setting a new agenda.

Here are clothes to really live in. Hybrid shapes are at the heart of this collection, catering for day and night, work and play. The pillars of the brand, sculpted dresses and well-cut, feminine tailoring, have been refined and reimagined: new colours, new details, new bespoke prints. A hand-finished monochrome edge elevates signature pleats. ‘80s party staples – exaggerated shoulders, sequins, plush velvets – are the inspiration behind jewel-toned power suits, wear-everywhere glitter, a new evening silhouette.

A vintage sensibility gives depth to the collection. Self-Portrait’s newest shape, the tea-dress, speaks at once of the ‘40s, ‘80s and – rendered in clashing prints – 2019. Raw edged outerwear in jersey neoprene bonded canvas provides a counterpoint
to the feminine. Utilitarian beige grounds pastel pink and cream, like the stripes of Neapolitan ice cream; slick black tailoring is softened by a ruffle of sapphire blue velvet. The beauty is in the clash, and the unexpected harmonies.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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