Munsoo Kwon’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, “Kite Flies over Han River on a Lazy Afternoon” merges visual experimentation with progressive tailoring to create a novel collection that embodies the dichotomous nature of the Han River and reflects the contemporary evolution of men’s fashion.
The Seoul-based menswear designer conceptualized the linear and geometric designs of the South Korean urban environment. Inspired by the bustling life of the Han River and the internal comfort it symbolizes, Kwon demonstrates the balance between active industry and tranquil contentment. The designer pays homage to street signs, road lines, and traffic patterns through the dynamic patterns and proportions of his eclectic collection.
Minimalistic designs with architectural motifs are the focal points of his collection. Structured sweatshirts, fitted bomber jackets, and oversized button ups suggest sporty opulence, while tailored suits and sleek color blocking offer the elegant classicism of traditional menswear. Hyper saturated hues of cobalt and orange energize an otherwise achromatic palette. Lustrous finishes and pops of metallic add an extra dash of splendor.
The designer’s rebellion against the sartorial conventions of menswear is evident through his spirited proportions and unique silhouettes. His atypical layering of patterns and hemlines embody the arrestingly graphic culture of South Korea, while still retaining a sense of harmony and practicality. Through playful innovation and visual juxtaposition, Kwon was able to create a collection that’s both masculine and forward.
What do you think? Would you wear Kwon’s collection?
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