Romanticised masculinity blended together with contemporary tailoring for Harry Xu SS18 collection, presented at Carlton House Terrace. Harry Xu played with the idea of the boundaries of the ‘man’, by using playful embroidery. He has produced a diverse collection, much like previous styles which are ‘elegant by nature, with a subtle nod to the venerability of every man.’
The element of transparent textures alongside the boldness of silhouettes, brought forward the idea of romanticised masculinity. The embroidery on the dresses and bags showed femininity and sophistication through the collection. The style of the SS18 collection merges between boldness in colour and lack of colour palette which depicts the idea Harry Xu had for the pieces. Gloss and boldness featured some of the style in both colour and shape whilst the pastel colours were featured on the dresses and long blazers. The differentiation in materials and colours, is used to be a mirror effect on the acrylic pieces, to show that there may be a tough exterior yet a softness on the inside. Harry Xu wanted to convey the idea that softness doesn’t erase a strong, resilient core.
Words: Maisie Clancy
Photographer: Andrew Gough