DANSHAN: Menswear Spring/ Summer 2019
There’s recently been lots of discussion on the topic of emotional men. After James Blake released his latest song Don’t miss it, both the media and the audience rallied up and collectively decided to re-label him a “sad boy”. It only took Blake a hot minute to speak up and set the record straight: “I’ve always found that expression unhealthy and problematic when used to describe men just openly talking about their feelings.” Danxia Liu and Shanpeng Wong, the duo behind portmanteau–named brand DANSHAN, obviously agree. For their Spring/ Summer 2019 collection they decided to focus on the spectrum of masculinity, and how exactly emotions fit into it. Sensual cutouts and extreme asymmetry slashed otherwise boxy silhouettes into clothes that oozed vulnerability. A prime example were the slinky silk shirts that hung so beautifully off the body, with a curving seam softening the tailored pattern. Curves, loops and contours were a leitmotif, symbolising a softer side men often disregard both in life and when getting dressed. Similar to Bianca Saunders’ presentation (LINK TO REPORT), DANSHAN looked at the ways a masculine silhouette becomes effeminate without breaking the austere boundaries that define menswear. Emotional, sensitive, vulnerable and dressed to reflect those qualities – this is how DANSHAN like their men, and so do we.