The last day of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week started off with a bang. Xian Wang, a contemporary designer based in Montreal, marched his latest collection down the runway — literally. With percussion-based instrumental complimenting the casual militant collection, it came with no surprise that Xian’s roots from Harbin (a city in China’s northernmost province, closely located to Russia) strongly influenced the young designer.
Serious and sophisticated, the diverse models authorized the room with their dark wardrobe and strategically messy hairstyles. The balance of effortlessly cool is embodied through the intricate cuts and details in the pieces. Horizontal and vertical zippers can be found incorporated in unconventional locations on several looks. Pockets, with and without button clasps, are tailored on the sleeves and on the back of others.
Acid wash tees play to the militant style, while adding a playful overtone of modern culture. Subtle, but interesting detail, are the jewellery and accessories included. The models can be seen sporting long single chains with an array of pendants, from crosses to gems to rings. Other accessories include a fashionable black ball cap and a long-swinging side satchel.
What makes Xian a designer to watch out for is his ability to work with multiple fabrics to produce a garment that appears simplistic at first glance. His collection comes off authoritative with an edge of casual chic.
Images and Article written by Jessica Huynh