Chet Lo levelled up in artistic mastery for Fall/Winter 2024

Chet Lo levelled up in artistic mastery for Fall/Winter 2024

by Juliette Eleuterio
3 min

When one thinks of Chet Lo, images of his colourful spiky knit comes to mind, but last season showed the young designer had more than one trick up its sleeve, and this season felt like the first climax of many in Lo’s lifetime commitment to design. 

For his Fall/Winter 2024 titled “Terracotta,” Lo explored a new avenue — one that could be classified as business casual if you have the privilege to work at a company that emphasises casual. Sleek silver looks comprised straight fitting trousers and sleeveless tops while workwear-inspired baggy bottoms were matched with spikey knit for a touch of playfulness. 

Most of us can agree that the workplace can feel like a warzone at times, especially in high-intensity periods such as fashion week. While less office gossip-focused, Lo’s inspiration for this season actually came from the Terracotta Army, a collection of statues representing an afterlife-protecting force made up of over 8,000 soldiers under the rule of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of unified China in 221-220 BCE.

Lo’s silver pieces resembled that of a knight’s shining armour, while deeper hues were infused throughout the collection, similarly to how the statues were, over time, oxidised, effectively changing their colours. 

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The spikey knit obviously made its appearance on a fair share of ready to wear pieces — hooded sweaters, dresses, skirts. His untraditional approach to knit also found its way on handbags, adorned by an extra layer of spike in the shape of a silver charm resembling a miniature flail — a weapon that slays. The spikes were also added to the back of heels, a not-so subtle flair that screams “don’t f*ck with me, I’ll spike you.”

The spikes were also subtly placed down the spine of certain hoodies, almost taking on the allure of a dragon. While bright reds, muddied yellows, and a snakeskin print on a backless two piece nodded to natural inspirations, the colour of this season was metallic silver, creating a tension between the forces of nature versus the forces of man.

Liquid metal-style jewellery was seen throughout, as if only remains of a shielded armour survived the test of thousands of years. We also saw hints of these supposed remains on ready-to-wear pieces as well as gelled into models’ hairs.

The final look – a couture-worthy sleeveless, ankle-length fitted black dress adorned with oval-shaped metallic pendants matched with a headpiece similarly shaped to that of ancient Chinese warriors, and finished off with claw-like silver finger extenders – left the room speechless in awe, with only gasps from the crowds being heard over the softly powerful click-clanking caused by the hardmetal’s movements.

Tradition and modernity once again crossed paths at Chet Lo, culminating in a show that forces you to trace back the designer’s and brand’s own history, and sit in admiration at his constantly-evolving progress. 

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