For Fall 2016, the creative minds behind the label WOOYOUNGMI, Madame Woo and her daughter Katie Chung, drew inspiration from their personal garden, where unique elements of delicacy and the harsh fates of nature appeared balanced in perfect harmony. In reflection, Woo and Chung embraced a sense of fresh eclecticism, exploring ways to make each piece look original and yet – when browsed side by side with the rest of the collection – in complete harmony.
The elegant simplicity of rural clothes came to life in Isabel Benenato’s collection for Fall/Winter 2016. Simply called “Darkwood,” this collection was far from simple. Through the presentation, Benenato combined her natural design instincts with elements sourced from the traditional homespun workwear worn by generations of men in the Japanese countryside from the early 20th century to 1960, as documented by the rare photographic essay, “Yokohama – Shashin.”
For Spring/Summer 2016, the designers at Paris Men’s Fashion Week have combined utilitarian fashion with editorial aesthetics, blending artistic interpretations with sportswear accessibility. I teamed up with London-based fashion illustrator Megan St. Clair Morgan to highlight a few of my favourite collections.