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Stocked internationally at 70 retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Lane Crawford, Luisa Via Roma, 10 Corso Como, Galeries Lafayette, Chen is part of a new wave of young Chinese designers making an impact globally.

A graduate from Central Saint Martins, Chen moved from her native Shenzhen to study in London at age 17. During her placement year, the designer interned for Marchesa, Vera Wang and Alexander Wang in New York. Following her graduate collection, Chen was chosen by i-D as one of five designers-to-watch and launched her eponymous label the following year.
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Immersed in an imagined future urbanity based on the 1988 film AKIRA, Angel Chen presents a series of cyber punk scenes comprised of characters yearning for the promise of a brighter future.

Angel Chen presents a collection of 37 looks shown on models (3 women/1man). Beauty mixes traditional (exclusive look by MAC) and digital (3 face filters created exclusively). Viewers will journey through the collection’s concept in five cyber scifi scenes, made possible only now by the unprecedented coming together of fashion and technology in a virtual show.

The collection debuts a variety of styles: tailor-made trenches interpreted in different fabrics for both men and women, the brand’s first suit; a sign at some newly gained maturity, while including new versions of Chen’s signature pleated dresses. In testament to Angel’s long term dedication to sustainable fashion, she collaborated with long time partner Italian fabric craftsmen Bonotto to develop a jacquard made of 50 percent materials repurposed from recycled plastic bottles. This amplifies the collection’s sense of SciFi when used for windbreakers, skirts and more. The Swarovski upcycled crystals embellishing dresses and eco-friendly furs amplify the collection’s overarching theme.

Today’s conversation is very much driven by questions about what shows will look like "post crisis" and Angel’s approach offers a precise alternative. The mix of “in person" and “remote" with models, beauty teams and a stylist combined with digital teams working on beauty filters and virtual sets signals a relevant way to move forward while protecting creatives within the industry.
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