For the Self-Portrait Pre-Fall 2023 collection, shimmering styles come in every form and suited for every occasion, from going out tops to floor sweeping gowns. All new Bow Bags expand upon beloved silhouettes, offering more enticing options than ever.
Self-Portrait’s Han Chong is in a summer state of mind. “Pre-fall is really high summer for us, so everything is much more relaxed, in a way,” he said over a Zoom call from his London studio. One look at the dresses made of fishnet embroidered with beads and sequins, and you could feel yourself being whisked away to a glamorous island location, or maybe even next to a pool. They come with a slip dress lining, “but you can also wear it without, over your bikini,” Chong added. “It’s very versatile.”
A long sleeve gown in sky-blue, sequin-embroidered mesh with a gathered cutout detail on the chest seemed ready-made for prom, while a crystal-embellished lilac long-sleeve shirt and matching maxi skirt brought to mind Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic green Donna Karan set from the Great Expectations movie. A few styles came embellished in crystals in a design Chong described as “contouring,” with darker shades brought in around the waist and hips.
Denim separates, like the cropped bustier with crystal embellishments worn with a matching denim pencil skirt, or the lilac wide-leg cargo trousers worn alternatively with a sequin-embroidered mesh top or knit cardigan-jacket were sportier takes on the label’s wardrobe staples.