It’s definitely easy to overlook menswear designers as a female enthusiast of fashion. However, the story of Chinese designer, Xander Zhou, is completely inspirational and brought upon me an appreciation of fashion as a free form of expression. With the pressure of honoring his family and his country, Zhou studied at the Beijing Industrial Engineering Institute. Dropping out merely a year later, Zhou gathered up courage and began his own line in 2005. Despite the lack of traditional Chinese fashion influences in his collection, his name was an immediate hit in a country that’s still building up its fashion scene. His determination and individualism make him an admirable figure in the world of men’s fashion. Demonstrating a fresh and unhampered display of fluent wearable clothing. Entitled Fleurdelism, the collection was inspired by the great outdoors; a theme that acted as a spacial reenactment for the attire to follow. Outerwear was baggy and fine tuned, Zhou encased his muses in a protective armour of overcoats, shielding them from the realms of the outside world. In sharp notes of black and white, the opening eradicated all thoughts of extremism. His freedom of expression was evident after the all white affair, leading to stinging shots of red silk. Some of which was woven together in patterns that were representative of tree barks and cracks in the ground, a humbling dose of reality. For more information or to get in touch with him, just follow the link below.