XIMON LEE’s SS17 offering ‘HARD’ saw the ‘exploration of the concealing and uncovering of the body’. This collection played with the idea of perceptions, and tough exteriors concealing softer interiors. We saw strong, bold designs in the form of heavy, boxy and oversized silhouettes with acid-wash draped embellishment, juxtaposed against delicate, transparent garments and intricate stitching detailing.
Model’s sported sleek hair and strong brows. Muted, neutral tones of beige and off white provided a base for the collection, and presented conflict against the bold use of orange and navy tones and printed ‘warning’ lettering. The designer also showcased his impeccable use of unconventional materials such as silicone, tarpaulin, and latex throughout the collection. Buckles and strips of excess materials falling from the garments provided examples of ‘harsh techniques’, alongside distressed denim sewn onto coats playing with the idea of tough exteriors.
XIMON LEE successfully showcased his finesse in creating standout structural and tailored elements, and an extremely impressive use of conventional workwear; the traditional trench, and a pinstripe trouser, completed perfectly with an edgy, disturbed finish. Oversized collars and clean high necklines contrasted with the transparent culottes and softer highwaisted and wide-leg trousers. This was an extremely powerful and intriguing collection.
Word by Leanne Roche
Images by Georgia Sillitoe