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Versatility Is Key for This Next Gen Red-Carpet Designer

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From left: Demi Moore, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Biel, all in Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait designer Han Chong's creations have become a red-carpet go-to for Jessica Biel, Marion Cotillard and Demi Moore.

Since launching ready-to-wear label Self-Portrait in 2013, Han Chong's feminine, intricate-yet-easy and accessible designs have been worn by Hollywood's many famous fashion stars, including Marion Cotillard, Demi Moore and Jessica Biel.

So it makes sense that the designer decided to bring his Resort 2018 collection to Los Angeles, given that he is quickly becoming a next-gen, go-to red-carpet designer. "We have a lot of support from the stars and I haven't met them, so I wanted to meet them," says Chong, who chose Casa Perfect, a private design and art showroom in the hills of West Hollywood, as a backdrop to his latest range, which offered dresses collaged from mixed fabrications (organza, lace, etc.), tailored separates and velvet gowns in rich hues destined for awards-show season.

 

Me and my California garden, I wish!

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Among the many actresses to have worn his creations lately, Chong shares that he was especially thrilled to see Cotillard in the white corset belted tunic from the fall 2017 collection while she attended the Annabel's & Chopard Party during the Cannes Film Festival last month.

"The pieces are quite versatile, they can style it their way," says the London-based creative, who always looks forward to seeing how his pieces are styled on the red carpet and street-style scene. 

Indeed, Chong's designs have appeared beyond the step-and-repeat.

Kendall Jenner most recently wore a fall 2017 look — a wool checked top with ruffled sleeves and matching double zip shorts — with a monogrammed Louis Vuitton fanny pack while walking around New York City, while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a lace detail off-the-shoulder dress from the brand's debut bridal collection to her baby shower in May ("She made it look so cool," says Chong). Self-Portrait has also become a favorite among top fashion bloggers like Song of Style's Aimee Song and Atlantic-Pacific's Blair Eadie, who prove that the high-style yet accessible clothes (prices range from about $300 to $600) can be worn in an everyday setting, too.

Chong only spent two days in Tinseltown before heading back across the pond, but he made sure to get as much shopping done as possible. 

"I do a lot of shopping for home furnishings because there's so much more selection in L.A. than London," he shares, adding that he brought an empty suitcase in preparation for all his new goodies from Maxfield and The Apartment by The Line. A fan of modern home decor, it's no wonder he set up shop at Casa Perfect.

 

Perfect space for our Resort 18 LA Preview. So many pieces I wanna take back to London. #casaperfect @thefutureperfect

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