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Jarel Zhang’s New York Fashion Week Debut Proves There’s Beauty in the Chaos

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Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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Jarel Zhang debuted his first ever SS18 collection during New York Fashion Week, transporting guests to a land called “Beauty in the Chaos” his astounding collection of reworked anoraks proved the designer is one to watch in coming seasons. 

Guests were guided through a faux construction site replicating his SS18 lookbook each attendee received at their seat– photoshoot location. Jarel Zhang’s custom stop signs and lit traffic cones lined the packed sections of celebrities, media, buyers, influencers and industry members.  

The collection consisted primarily of reworked anoraks in a variety bold hues and silhouettes. Intricate pleating work and strategically placed zip pockets gave the collection an elevated casual, yet edgy persona. Provocatively combining unexpected colors, Jarel Zhang made guests fall head over heels for eggplant and yellow and fuchsia and red combinations. Each piece spoke for itself with the incredible detail work apparent on every garment.  

Jarel Zhang channeled his craftsman nature to create material manipulation which drew inspiration from the chaos, construction, and movement of the New York Streets. He found beauty in the chaos and the structural elements of this great city. His edgy pieces struck guests with awe-inspiring talent who can’t wait to see what’s next from this fresh designer.

 Notable attendees included Annie Q of The Leftovers, Francesca Curran of OITNB, Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, Miss USA Kara McCullough, Real Housewife Cary Deuber, Danielle Moinet and Ashlee Keating. 

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