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ANGEL CHEN Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

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ANGEL CHEN Fall/Winter 2021 Collection   

Daughter of the Dragon

The term “Dragon Lady”, inspired by the roles played by the actress Anna May Wong, is a double-edged sword. This stereotype, inherent in Wong’s powerful and domineering answer to adversity, went on to become, somehow, derogatory. As the first Chinese American Hollywood actress, Wong struggled to free herself from the stereotypes the world projected on her. It earned her the nickname of Dragon Lady but allowed generations of Asian women after her to rise: They are the Daughters of the Dragon.

At a time where Asians, and specifically Asian women, have been the target of heinous attacks, representation, and empowering the Asian community through its own culture, matters.  With her Fall/Winter 2021 collection, ANGEL CHEN pays homage to one that paved the way and celebrates her champions.

ANGEL CHEN, playing with this antinomy,  celebrates  Anna May’s strengths:  her career with prints reminiscent of classic black and white movie  imagery (more specifically from the movie “Daughter of the Dragon”), her  seductive beauty with PU leather  and her fighting nature with denim undergone  tinting, laser fading, washing, and aging. All the while spotlighting the tenderness she allowed her successors to express with  mesmerizing mohair, wool, angora mixed yarn, hand crochet  and tie-dyes in a  color palette of  pinks, yellows, powder blues and light purples. Using more antinomic layers, and with the use of an exclusively developed Ikat fabric, Angel Chen tells a story of tenderness fighting its way through harshness.

Angel Chen has made a name for herself by fusing East and West, depth and lightness, audacious and demure. Her latest collection celebrates a woman’s ability to turn strength and tenderness into complimentary weapons.

ANGEL CHEN x Canada Goose

Strong of a successful release with Canada Goose along with her Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, ANGEL CHEN debuts the second drop of her collaboration with the Canadian brand. The new capsule collection maintains ANGEL CHEN’s reinterpretation of Canada Goose’s iconic parka, Snow Mantra, but this time enriched with Chinese hand embroidery and in new rich colors – fortune red, boreal blue, tidal green and blossom yellow – always true to ANGEL CHEN’s design language.

ANGEL CHEN x ROMBAUT

ANGEL CHEN collaborates with the Paris-based vegan accessory brand ROMBAUT to introduce an eco-friendly hybrid of her iconic “dragon teeth” shoe sole with ROMBAUT’s classic “Boccaccio” trainer body. The collaborative shoe style comes in low top and high top, in black, white and military green. ROMBAUT’s signature “snow chain” harness gets an exclusive make-over enriched with hardware playing dragon horns, hinting at the ANGEL CHEN’s Fall/Winter 2021 Collection storyline.

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