CHOCHENG S/S 2018

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The ready-to-wear collection is inspired by the 1957 film, Witness for the Prosecution, starring the always classy and sultry Marlene Dietrich and the glamour and femininity as exemplified by her personal wardrobe during the golden age of Haute Couture from 1947-1957. Consisting mainly of separates and knits, the line features a seductively fitted silhouette — jackets and dresses with nipped-in waists and padded shoulders are structured in supple boucle and finely heathered tweeds of cotton and linen, with touches of embroidered silk lace and signature handmade petals and fans as an embellishment. Striped cotton sweaters are layered to enhance the classic tailoring with cool modernity. Braided knit cardigans and neatly cropped jackets are paired with demure knee-length skirts and shorts, softened with silk crepe.

Inspired by Andy Warhol silkscreen portraits of iconic celebrities, the color palate is rendered in vivid shades of rose, lavender, violet, and red. I haven’t seen such an odd pairing of hues, but the outfits do indeed work. Further, hand embroideries with natural glass beads impart drama and mystery, but with an unexpected fun element. CHOCHENG is definitely a designer for First Ladies (yup, he’s dressed Nancy Reagan) and those powerful enough to add retro drama and flair to the boardroom!

CHOCHENG has become synonymous with a modern and whimsical interpretation of traditional British tailoring using natural materials only. All garments are hand sewn in London following heritage Savile Row tailoring techniques, everything from shoulder pads, embroidered buttons, inseam buttonholes, to decorative silk petals.

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