Alex S. Yu´s Spring Summer 2016 collection titled, THE EXPIRED DAYDREAM, is inspired by the 1994 Cantonese film, Chungking Express, by Wong Kar Wai. The collection takes reference of one of the film’s characters, Faye — a naive, carefree spirit, who acts at her own pace, and believes in the vitality of her love. The bittersweet and melodramatic mood of the film is translated into the pieces of this collection.
Abstraction, imagination, and unforgiving reality are intertwined in the film, creating a shape, a design, that results in a very strange, daydreaming state of mind, where wants, wishes, and delusions flash before your eyes. The collection reflects this state of mind in the form of contemporary luxury women’s streetwear. The collection plays with bright and colourful prints damasked with prints inspired by each of the four main character and collages of expiration-date labels. Twists of deliberate plays of proportion and details are used extensively in the collection, mixed with layers, silhouettes, colours, and prints.
The collection features various original prints. The first set is the emoji inspired prints, developed in collaboration with New York based graphic designer – Mikei Huang. The second set is a set of expiration labels prints digitally manipulated to resemble a houndstooth pattern created by ALEX S. YU. The last set is a set of striped pattern manipulated with the quotes from the movie blended into the stripes.
There is a genuine optimism in the characters of Chungking Express despite their failures or inexperiences at love — especially noticeable in Faye. Her optimism and energy can be felt through her thoughts, quotes, and actions. She falls in love with cop 633 without knowing that she was in love, and expresses her affection in a peculiar way. She sneaks and snoops into his life, cleaning his apartment and prying into his private life, all the while leaving no trace of her presence and having no intention of letting him know that she cares, perhaps content with her feelings of love alone. The collection sets to express this complication of feelings. That pure and raw sense of hope and optimism shining through layers of loneliness, isolation and desperation. (Source http://www.alexsyu.com)
Video | Peter Jensen Photography
Video | Carl White – Key Make Up | Jerry Kuo – Assist Make Up | Sally Chiang
#teamalexsyu | Frank, Jake, Margaux, Marcela & Monica – Emoji Prints | Mikei Huang
Shoe Sponsors | People Footwear – Music | Chungking Mansions
Directing and Videography | Inga Avedyan – Lighting Assist | Steven Noble
Styling | Danielle Muntain – Make Up | Jerry Kuo & Sally Chiang
Hair | Janine Branchi & Stephanie Shepherd – Music | Whereisalex
Models | Lory, Emily, Xandra, Ailish & Claire of Detention Agency