My absolute fave runway collection:
SONGZIO’s show at LC: M for his SS17 collection was an extremely special affair. It was the first time in a decade that he had premiered his work outside of Paris Men’s Fashion Week and it was the first time he had ever shown womenswear on the runway.
For each collection, SONGZIO uses his signature ‘Paint on Black’ aesthetic, a concept whereby he melds the modernity of black with youthful, striking art prints. He begins the collections by creating a selection of oil paintings on canvas, which he then reproduces as printed textiles from which he crafts his clothing.
When designing the prints for his SS17 collection, ‘Ocean’, SONGZIO used hues of ultra blue, aquamarine and compose blue to reflect the colours of the ocean that appear at different depths, as well as occasional splatters of white to imitate sea-foam.
Shapes and silhouettes this season vary from floaty, soft pieces, which bounced and billowed as the models walked down the runway, to structured tailoring with clean and crisp lines.
This season’s womenswear looks were introduced as a capsule collection for COUTURiSSIMO, a fashion platform conceptualised by the Asian Couture Federation, of which SONGZIO is the Governor. The more masculine looks consist of an androgynous tux and an embroidered jacket but he has also included knitwear, which features silk organza and chiffon, to explore a softer, feminine side to his designs.
Speaking about his decision to show in London, SONGZIO states, ‘London can be seen as a metaphor for my collection; a contrast between the modern and the traditional, young and old, darkness and light. It’s a global city for art and fashion, where style conventions are re-invented and re-imagined’.
It’s evident that SONGZIO has continued to push boundaries throughout his 20-year career as South Korea’s leading menswear designer. By creating wearable art, he is ensuring that the fashion industry remains a place of innovation and creativity rather than a tedious production line of uninspired and repetitive clothing.
In my opinion, anyone would be lucky to own SONGZIO designs. Art is an extremely personal form of self-expression and with modern technology, it’s so rare to see a designer take such an organic approach to creating fabric. I honestly do believe that each piece has an enormous value which extends far beyond its material worth.
p.s I also met Dougie from McFly after this show #ballin