Pump Up the Volume!His clothes have already been worn by Rihanna, Lil Yachty, Kris Wu, Gucci Mane, Remy Ma. JunJie Yang focuses on oversized coats with unusual shapes, hitting the mark with shaggy fur coats licked by a flame pattern

Sep 12, 2018
Posted in: , Designers , Fur on Stage , Scouting
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, JunJie Yang had the honour of showing his collection as part of VFILES, starting with outfits from his graduate collection inspired by the Khanty (Ostyak) people of Western Siberia. For those who don’t know, VFILES is a sort of safe place for fashion to live out its widest fantasies, as well as a highly selected incubator for the most interesting emerging brands. The proposals of the Antwerp-based designer are inspired by the evolution of Asian culture and how it has been eroded by centuries of contamination with other countries. “My collection expresses the primordial and wild force of Asian culture. How can I express my identity in today’s hyper-technological world? Certainly not by using symbolic patterns like the dragon, which is not culturally authentic. Instead, I work a lot on the construction of the garment and use Asian clothes as a reference. I convey my personal heritage in today’s world,” explains JunJie Yang. Another strong source of inspiration is 90's hip-hop sportswear mixed with a very futuristic attitude to deconstruction/reconstruction. The shapes of the coats, with altered volumes, asymmetrical, oversized, layered, are made even more impressive through the use of fur (mink, raccoon, black cross, shearling) and leather (nappa and eel), but the collection is also rich in mixes of natural and synthetic materials: there is no shortage of denim, PVC, organic cotton, velvet, nylon, jersey and stretchy fabrics. The lengths range from mini to maxi, the colours feature the natural colours of fur, but also red, blue, yellow, acid green as well as neon touches, almost always in colour-blocking.
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