Words by Matt Huxley
Brisbane based label Han first showed last year to critical acclaim. Now he’s grown his brand from strength to strength, experimenting with new techniques, new fabrics and new clothing. The show ended up being one of my absolute highlights from the week.
The urban scene was set in the cavernous Bay 25 where the show was held. A rough pine frame served as the corridor for the models to strut down. Fluorescent lighting and wet concrete transformed it into a 90s hip hop music video. Then the models poured out. Storming down the runway in flat white sneakers, their fierce looks and strong features captivated the audience and brought life to the clothing. A fantastic casting if ever I saw one.
The androgynous edge to this collection had me absolutely salivating. Oversized cocoon double-breasted blazers in muted tones had winter layering written all over them. A long, distressed sweater with built in rips and ties, worn on a stunning African model, could easily be that perfect trans-seasonal piece. Yeezy who?
On the more feminine side of the collection was one of my standout pieces. A beautiful raw cut denim two piece, with a shawled boat-neck and an asian style asymmetric skirt with a tie. An absolute stunner. It traversed the territory between edgy, high street and innovative perfectly.
The occasional pop of bright red silk provided a welcome contrast to the heavy collection. The matching shirt/short combo brought pyjama styling to the fore, the shirt doubling as a waist tie for a few other garments.
The tie features that were prominently involved with the collection conjured up images of restraints and added a definite asian aesthetic. The updated obi belt if you will.
Another feature piece was an oversized leather bomber with tie detail at the wrist cuffs. Worn on a stunning blonde model, this piece was the perfect closer to a flawless show.
Make sure you check out all that Han has to offer here.
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