SHOW REPORT | 01/06/2017 | TAJINDER HAYER
XIMON LEE A/W '17
As part of GQ China’s initiative to support talent at London Fashion Week Men’s, Ximon Lee presented his autumn winter collection, a beautiful and intelligent range that highlights the importance of Chinese menswear in the global arena and at the heart of London fashion.
Since graduating from Parsons with the Best Menswear Design Award in 2014, the Berlin-based, Chinese born Korean designer’s star has been on the rise, winning the H&M Design Award in 2015 (the very first menswear designer to do so) and then the launch of his own label. Since that day, he has been praised for his highly original, meticulous work that has made a really strong impression of the fashion industry.
Each season, the designer views the season as a study - the realisation of a concept that can be revisited at a later date. The third study “Shame” started with the Chinese symbol of the same, which combines the symbols for “beauty” and “ugly” which led to the designer’s exploration between the conscious and the unconscious.
The study of shame served more as a play on material and memories, with hidden symbols illustrated throughout. The clothes themselves were beautiful, intelligent, focused and unique - whether covered with a tapered corset hiding the body or revealing that very same body via engineered cut-aways. The body was further masked by the use of clusters of beaded pearls on sheer panels which sat comfortably in the gender-neutral zone. Deconstructed leather bras were further mixed with bonded velvet coats (which we loved) with leg through high slits. The use of aged bronze brocade gave a sense of decadence and opulence that gave that all important luxury factor.
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All images by Nicholas Andrews