Xander Zhou celebrated the thousand-year-old tradition of China in a collection that gave prominence to fantastic animals and symbols such as the fire dragon. This chimerical ambassador of strength and power was seen alongside Ying Yang symbols and Confucius quotes, that the designer mixed with urban workwear silhouettes
Permeating the ancient youxia warrior regalia, the tangzhuang jacket, the changshan dress, and the hybridized gongbi brushwork were visible signs of sci-fi mysticism, which portray a dystopian vision of the world. The atmosphere of dystopia contributes to the idea that the world is devoid of positivity, which could not be further from the truth. Mr. Zhou, like a writer, captured a moment in time where cynicism appears more prevalent than compassion. However, when designers like Mr. Zhou issue their personal stamp on Chinese culture it contributes to the understanding and means of progression.