Cabbeen closes fashion week with military-inspired collection
The curtain has fallen on Shanghai Fashion Week with a closing show presented by Cabbeen, a Chinese menswear brand.
Inspired by ancient Chinese military attire, the runway show “Zhuangshi” (Warriors) featured a battlefield-inspired setting and the beating of war drums.
As the first Chinese fashion brand to land on New York Fashion Week, Cabbeen continued to elaborate on Chinese elements in its 2020 fall/winter collection, paying tribute to an ancient warrior culture that stands for bravery, power and patriotism.
This season, Cabbeen combines fashion, freedom, personality and practical wear together. The collection features bold colors such as red, orange, green and blue, high-tech fabrics and eye-catching patterns with Chinese military elements, including war totems, helmets and armor, to encourage young people to subvert stereotyped labels and express their attitudes freely.
Inspired by military uniforms, the series adds big, practical pockets and drawstring closures. The sweaters are printed with ancient warrior motifs, which look ready to battle against the winter cold.
This year’s trendy color, bright green, also shows designer and founder Ka Bin’s emphasis on environmental protection.
Earlier this year, the brand launched a Chinese city series. In a “Sichuan” limited edition, it used cartoon images of pandas, mah-jong and painted faces, while the “Wuhan” series saluted the city’s landmark Yellow Crane Tower. In the “Changsha” collection, a phoenix flying over the old town shows the spirit of nirvana after the pandemic.
Despite the gloom of a global recession in the fashion industry this year, Cabbeen swam against the stream and has opened boutiques with high-tech installations across China.
“As a designer, you need to have the aesthetic perception, which comes from your vision and cognition of life,” Ka said. “But to have a good design, we also need to return to the origin, that is the true understanding of clothing.”