Emerging Chinese designer YONGHAO XIE has just debuted his collection for Spring/Summer 2023. The Antwerp-based designer — who graduated in 2022 from the Royal Academy of Fine Art — looks to highlight all the wrongdoings and chaos in the world as an inspiration for his aesthetics. Describing his work as “darkness, authentic and contemporary,” YONGHAO XIE utilizes his clothing as a canvas to portray the dark side of current social and environmental issues in hopes of a better future.
This season looks at electronic waste, nuclear pollution, and war. Titled “INTO A BETTER WORLD,” the collection juxtaposes natural tones with colors of inferno and flame. Technical deconstruction and prints are combined to drive YONGHAO XIE’s concerns home as torn newsprints, silhouettes of animals flying into darkness, and a long coat with a screaming face spell it out. Born from the different forms of destruction other pieces arise to show a vision of a better world in the future.
Check out the full runway looks in the image gallery above.
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