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January 13, 2013

Ziggy Chen

Shanghainese designer Ziggy Chen so succinctly embodies the mood I am in right now: dark, loose, and masculine—quite comparable to established greats Yohji Yamamoto and Paul Harnden, but set apart by his work with texture, a keen eye for proportion, and a painstakingly refined Eastern influence.  For Fall 2013, Chen drew inspiration from Shanghai circa 1900-1920: silhouettes inspired by workmen, monks, herders, and soldiers, and textures reminiscent of the finishing on buildings built back then.  Rendered mostly in unassuming black and a few dark neutrals, the result is an expertly mellowed exercise of a timeless Asian aesthetic.

This look took my breath away. The most perfect long black fall coat with a subtly dramatic pleated back, the almost dress-like tunic shirt, and the strong, square pants are all both striking and unassuming.

The texture on this Ziggy Chen coat is reminiscent of old concrete.

The raw, frayed hem brings a feeling of lightness to this heavy wool funnel-neck coat.

two expertly layered Ziggy Chen looks: one in browns, and one all in black

Though I don’t see myself wearing a double floor-length coat look, the combination of the prints and the silhouette is remarkably regal.

Two layered black looks: one more voluminous and samurai-like, and the other a blazer over a long sheer top—a vaguely South Asian look that I’ve always loved to wear.

Ziggy Chen is represented by Stealthprojekt Showroom in Paris.

photographs via Stealthprojekt


  • Patrick Wilson
    January 13th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Interesting! I love the pleated back!!!

  • Danny
    January 14th, 2013 at 9:36 am


  • J.C. Barbotte-Goralski
    January 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I just love it!
    A big bravo!!
    Where can I find and buy the clothes in Paris??
    Please, help!!

  • Duck
    January 18th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    So many amazing coats! And something I’m particularly on the look-out for right now. I’m finding it hard to find any, though, within the budgets I’ve set for myself :(

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