Sankuanz Fall/Winter 2021 was the result of the post-pandemic era. When public order was compromised, when common sense was challenged, when chaos and disorder became the new norm, how would human beings cope with this reality? This was the subject this season is trying to address.
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The show was held under a 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel tower in Tiandu City, Hangzhou. The absurd building covered in hasty darkness stands as the symbol of pre-pandemic civilisation, as well as a joke with dark humor.
The collection continued the cold and sharp style from previous seasons. The metal spikes, buckled leather straps as well as the cilices meticulously hidden around the waist, may all seem to be terribly aggressive. But in fact, the aggressions were directed at the wearer himself, symbolising self-punishment. If this world-wide pandemic was nature’s punishment for the human race, then self-punishment is to offset sorrow with sorrow.
Randomness was another major feature of the collection. Designer Shangguan Zhe burned the denim fabric with flame torches in order to create unique and irreproducible patterns. Meme prints conveyed fleeting emotions in the form of pop culture. Both of these attempts intended to capture ephemeral possibilities.
Exaggerated shoulders, metal tassel dress, tweed suits densely decorated with studs… all these details showcased a novel definition of craftsmanship and modern luxury. Low-rise design was adopted for the very first time and was paired with quality denim fabric. The Othala symbol was further enhanced this season. Reoccurring Othala accessories created a mysterious atmosphere for the collection. The Othala symbol gained power through repetition.
Sankuanz presented this season its new bag collection ‘’OTHALA’’, a classic square bag with extra wide shoulder strap, detailed with Othala symbol and metallic buckles. The bag was available in two colours. The ‘’CUBE’’ square-toe sneakers are also available in two new colours this season. The pre-released GENTLE MONSTER sunglasses collaboration was also embellished with the Sankuanz signature Othala symbol on the side.
This season, artist Zhou Yilun collaborated with Sankuanz for the first time, deconstructing some of the pieces with his signature disruptive approach.
This season, Sankuanz also featured new collaboration with G-SHOCK on the MT-G series.
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