Ziggy Chen is a highly acclaimed Chinese designer who launched his conceptual and label in 2011. Ziggy offers up an extraordinary line of garments for men, which is inspired by the conflict of opposites – the rural vs the urban, old and new, East and West and antique and contemporary.
The Ziggy Chen man is a traveler, wondering through remote lands and vast empty spaces. At the same time, he is a flaneur who strolls the buzzing streets of the city, observing the urban complexity. The clash between the rural and the urban, the modern and the traditional, the eastern and the western becomes an interesting mix that fuels his designs.
His inspiration is drawn from an amazing blend of early 20th century Shanghai characters, including workmen and dandies, soldiers and monks, herders and bourgeois gentlemen, in equal measures. Shanghai, the city where Chen lives and works, provides the blood-line that gives birth to his designs, while Taoism infuses his creations with the attributes of duality and interdependency.
Ziggy Chen uses fabrics such as wool, hemp and linen augmented with leather and fine cotton, to craft organic pieces embedded with an intangible energy. The fabrics provide the garments with a certain ruggedness, offset by the classic elegance of the design.
Each new collection is just a continuation of the previous one, new chapter of his own journey and exploration in search of a new aesthetic. For his latest Autumn/Winter 2016-17 Collection Ziggy uses a variety in it’s usage of fabrics that comes in beautiful earthy colors like military and olive green, mixed with some monotome black and grey. Take a look at the imagery below and share your thoughts with others online.