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MARKGONG’s collections tell intricate stories. On his singular path, Mark’s designs instinctively play a perfectly executed balancing act between creating beauty and commercializing beauty.

Creatives have always used nature’s beauty as a core reference. While the industry at large has been questioning its impact on nature, nature’s own impact on fashion is harder to define. As our relationship to nature evolves, will it impact how we curate and bring collections to market?

MARKGONG’s retort is collections that explore the impact nature can, and should have, on fashion, women, and the commercialization of their relationship. These intricate stories always promote a confidently balanced woman, ever showing Mark’s love for (her) nature.
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The designer Angel Chen and the artist Wang Jiajia both studied at Central Saint Martins in London; Chen graduated in Fashion Design while Jiajia acquired Honors in Art& Design.

While the two did not experience Central Saint Martins simultaneously, their personal lives and works share many similarities. Both benefited from multi-cultural assimilations and both now devote themselves to shaping a leading role in their works – either fashion or art.

This collection incubated in a digital conversation between artist and designer sharing works, bouncing ideas, looking back at their experiences in the light of the evolution of their respective creative processes.

Jiajias creations, exclusive to the ANGEL CHEN SS21 collection, are a continuation of his solo exhibition "Elegant, Circular, Timeless" presented at SPURS Gallery in Beijing earlier this year. The vibrant colors, the "Eyes", the messaging, all pivotal elements in the works of Wang Jiajia, take on a new dimension when adorning Chen’s garments.

Angel Chen’s colorful approach to fashion and fusion of East and West has become her trademark. The same way Angel expertly manipulates color, she instinctively and naturally inserts Wang’s artistry in the collection.

The result is an impactful collection strong in vitality and sentiment. Chen’s signature styles find stamina against Jiajia’s works in print by adding a cover of transparent sequins, and her choice of carefully sprinkled upcycled Swarovski crystals, to further spotlight color strokes. Angel’s maturity is evidenced by the contrast between the playfulness of tie-dye in colors that mirror Wang’s art and hinting at her time in Netflix’s Next in Fashion, against a debut series of evening looks made out of black sequined separates and color neutral dresses smartly styled with her Canada Goose collaboration pieces.
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