Shanghai Tang AW2016 menswear turns it’s attentions to the urban sophisticate. A new “no tie attitude” shows itself in relaxed silhouettes and well-dressed looks: building a timeless, naturally easy wardrobe. The season is full of debonair, smart-casual looks that equip him with many modern essentials. Most of the fabrics are from Italy, we re-focus on elevated hand feel or innovative materials, giving strength to essentials like a blazer with stand collars or the revisited modern Officer jacket. This season we promote the brand’s strong identity with 8 different stand-up or band collars accenting the roots of Shanghai Tang Men.
After a hot summer of aquas, light chalk and pale pastels, Shanghai Tang is proposing an autumnal palette of deep reds, cognacs, camels and classic greys for every day. Another palette evolves into a range of peacock blues and greens offset with greys, snow, clay tones. Continuing with our famous seemingly unstructured pieces, everything is light in construction: non-lined blazers, double-faced jersey jackets and vibrantly colored knits or graphic lattice patterns inform a wardrobe that is confidently versatile. Enveloping looks and masculine layers come with strong thick cashmere knitted sweater-blousons, minimal winter coats and massive silk cashmere scarves.
The Shanghai Tang man will have plenty to choose from the range of sleek navy and charcoal classics, white stand–up collars shirts, blazers and specially treated coats. This season, we push “the casual tailoring” and introduce different signature collars, highlighted with Chinese detailing or tone on tone 3D Lattice pattern on comfortable sweaters. The signature Mandarin collar shirt and jacket favorites come in fresh and exciting iterations this autumn. But a more experimental and adventurous way means this season’s wardrobe has more colorful, confident statement pieces taking the lead, sometimes with even strong graphic intarsia patterns. Cue a renewed sense of tactility: soft to the touch, cashmeres pullovers, can be pared with well-cut long coats on weekends. We take luxury fabrics seriously, so have upped the use of elevated and innovative materials this season, like on the sand finished Car coat, tactile 3D textures, Devore corduroy, two-tone vegetal leathers and lush felt jackets with distinctive collar trim.
For the holidays or party season, we play with new proportions on the Tang velvet jacket creating a shorter, easier and more modern version - almost like a blouson. The evening suit are shadow printed for non-classic effect and can alternatively be matched up with the deep red leather jacket. The mandarin collar means freedom: no tie attitude, no problem. From under the warm glow of a Tibetan sun to the vast plains of Mongolia, the Shanghai Tang woman is on journey this season. A modern day nomad set on a path to freedom, crossing between West and East, she traverses the style highlands in a palette of vibrant hues: dark jade, malbec or midnight blue.
She prefers a layered, effortless chic mixing and matching as she see’s fit. There is a newfound bohemian attitude to her style, and this season’s collection weaves a confident narrative of effortless glamour and tribal adventures. The cuts are more modern, slightly younger with plenty of versatile separates that fit into an everyday and evening wardrobe. We move away from the cold and minimal. It’s statement coats accented by luxurious, soft shearling and artisanal, nomadic embroideries that are setting the tone. Motifs on updated qipao, cool jackets and youthful skirts feature bold graphics from the ancient doors of remote temples and traditional tribal rugs. Silk shirts are clean and sophisticated, whilst 3D embroidery and textured woven pieces bring an element of craft. Feminine accents come in delicious shades of Mongolian lotus, strawberry pink and lotus flower. Razor sharp tailoring, an elegant wispy white shirt paired with dark culottes and a bold ethnic necklace makes for smart daywear. This season is about balancing city chic with the romance and exotic details taken from Mongolian costumes.
Here is a wardrobe full of statements. They range from the Ikat graphic silk shirts, dark separates accented by vibrant embroideries or the glamorous eveningwear that takes a languid turn with a long, romantic bohemian gown slit to the thigh. Sensuality is part and parcel this new confidence, so texture is key, especially in those rustic furs and lavish palm jacquards. AW2016 is an ode to trailblazing women who are worldly and urbane. It’s a vital lifestyle to lead, reflected in the bold colors, defined silhouettes and slim flattering cuts. With fall comes a new chapter - one that blends the label’s signature sophistication with a sense of liberty, ease and adventure.