Runway Report: Self-Portrait SS17

Self-Portrait has landed itself on the fashion map for being the go-to dress brand since it’s birth in 2013 and in three short years, it is now a show that the industry eagerly awaits come February and September.

For Spring 2017, his collection manifested in a combination of his signature feminine lace dresses with an influx of military inspiration. It seemed that Han Chong wanted to appeal to broader parts of a woman’s wardrobe by offering laid-back styles, that can be worn from morning to night. This season also saw the emergence of more separates; mini and midi skirts, cropped pants and tops made up of fifty percent of the new season, in a color palette of khaki, powder blue, dark black, mustard and burnt orange. Moving away slightly from the full-on feminine repertoire of his reputation, Han Chong pushed the boat out to bring the wearer more transeasonal options.

Saying that his range of ready-to-wear is playful is an understatement; this season we saw the aesthetic updated with pieces like the mixed-media shirt with satin covered popper buttons that can be left closed for a more conservative look, or undone if you’re feeling a little naughty. Stand out pieces we wish we could wear now consisted of a navy satin laser-cut jumpsuit with cinched in waistline, followed by a military green buttoned wrap skirt with peek-a-boo lace underlay. The forecast for next season definitely calls for the mixing of fabrics and textures, moving away from the monotone, and stepping closer to the contrast.

Onlookers not only appreciated the styling of the show, but mumbling could be heard amongst the crowd about the shoes that paraded down the runway. It came to light that Self-Portrait collaborated with French footwear designer Robert Clergerie this season, bringing any fans of the brand a full and polished range to look forward to come 2017.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji