Han Chong of Self-Portrait has a deep understanding of his clientele. With over 60 global stores and a devoted celebrity fan base—including megastars like Beyoncé, Zendaya, and Margot Robbie—he’s clearly onto something. In his latest spring collection, Chong updated his shimmering eveningwear aesthetic for a daytime mood. “The direction is very spring and summer focused—quite literally,” the designer said at a preview in his London HQ. “It’s less fussy, and there’s a certain ease to everything.”
The spring collection was a lighter, more refreshing take on the brand’s stalwarts. However, a level of refinement was maintained through its ladylike silhouettes and choice of lustrous fabrics. There were breezy twinsets, ruffle-trimmed dresses, and broderie anglaise miniskirts that felt like they could work for summer in the city as well as a night out in a picturesque seaside town. Stretch knits were transformed into chic, low-slung maxiskirts paired with matching bikini bottoms, as well as floral-accented shift dresses and floor-length wraps. To add an eclectic touch, snug cashmere cardigans showcased mismatched buttons in variegated shapes.
Denim played a pivotal role in maintaining the overall relaxedness. Yet, adhering to the quintessential Self-Portrait vibe, pieces were decorated with an abundance of miniature crystals. These embellishments graced crop tops, bolero jackets, baggy jeans, and A-line Bermuda shorts. An off-the-shoulder denim set with ruffles provided a sleeker alternative for those who might prefer a less glittering choice.
While the collection primarily focused on daytime separates, it also featured a handful of evening-appropriate dresses in suitably striking cuts. From sequin-flecked minidresses to figure-hugging, thigh-slit stretch viscose LBDs complete with hip cutouts, the Self-Portrait aficionado will always find their attention-commanding favorites each season.