In Search of Clarity: Lisa N. Hoang NYFW SS18

Represented by REP Agency.

Inspired by William Forsythe’s’ “Scattered Crowds,” a whimsical spacial installation that explores the “relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision,” this season’s collection explores the concept of space and the way it can be filled whilst still remaining empty. Though both Forsythe and Hoang both uncover the idea of emptiness through physical space, emptiness is also experienced psychologically through human emotions.

As usual, Hoang’s collection showed her surprisingly deft mastery of varied forms and styles.

Hoang’s collection showed her deft mastery of forms and styles

Lisa N. Hoang’s Spring and Summer 18 Collection explores the four stages that one experiences before they can fully achieve “Clarity”: birth, innocence, rebellion and desire. The emotions faced at each stage varies from person to person much like the experience one has depending on their decision to maneuver the balloons or not.

 
Lisa N. Hoang NYFW SS18

 

The colour palette for the earlier stages of Birth and Innocence mimic the themes of purity through lighter shades whereas the later stages of Rebellion and Desire are represented through darker shades that add an air of mystery and sultriness.

The choice of flowy, sheer fabrics such as lace and chiffon has not only allowed for movement but also for a layering effect which plays along with the varying opacity of Forsythe’s balloons creating depth in space. The combination of sheers and cut-outs foster a space that calls to be filled by one’s body.

Hoang is certainly a designer to keep your eye on.

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With love,

FWO

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