Xander Zhou: Menswear Spring/ Summer 2019
You know all those emails spamming your inbox in the past few weeks? The ones that warn you about all your personal information being used? The really annoying ones? Yes, those. Instead of rolling his eyes, Xander Zhou took the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a starting point for his Spring/ Summer 2019 collection. “I am digitized,” an android voice repeated over and over again, perfectly accompanying the cyborg-esque models aimlessly marching down the catwalk. This show was a message from the future. A future where men get pregnant, have six hands and wear biker diapers. It’s a twisted world, eh? But even in the madness of a post-apocalyptic digital world, Xander found beauty and translated it into a rich, futuristically utilitarian collection. Even if we don’t know what the future holds, the designer made sure our clothes were there to help us out. Futurism is often portrayed through clinical hues, but this time, colour played a big role on the catwalk – greens, blues and neons were here to add a sense of optimism to an otherwise sceptical vision of the days to come. Our favourite part of the collection was definitely all of the Terrycloth pieces – tracksuits, shorts, jackets and actual towels worn as scarves. At the end of the day, it’s good to know we’ll still be sweating in the next millennium.