Boxes upon boxes covered in plastic film sit stacked together and provide the backdrop to Haizhen Wang's LFW presentation. The parcels are packed and ready to go which is exactly what 'In Transit' is all about.

As a response to the growing immigration crisis across the world, the collection embodies the idea of transience. These nomads are dressed in protective plastics and padding, wrapped with straps, and tied into corsets, replicating packed luggage that's ready to go. Slogan badges stitched onto sleeves read, 'fragile,' 'priority' and 'handle with care.'

There's a strong sense of utility, a continuation from the brand's SS17 collection. Key fabrics include wool and shirting materials in striped patterns.

Wasp waists are accentuated in comparison to oversized pockets and collars. Silhouettes are slouchy and slightly oversized which further highlights areas that have been tied tight with belts.

The models' serious composure teamed with a no-nonsense palette of khaki, navy, black and white reflect the seriousness of the global issue that Wang explores.

A thought-provoking collection executed through clever design.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography