Malaysian designer Moto Guo marked his first time on the official Milan calendar with a disruptive Spring/Summer 2017 runway presentation, complete with the childlike innocence and distorted silhouettes similar to those which had earned him a place as a semi-finalist for the 2016 LVMH Prize earlier this year. Although the prize would later be awarded to British menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner, the competition brought Guo out from Southeast Asia and into an international arena; and and as this was the first time the public would catch a glimpse of his work since the LVMH showcase in February, Moto Guo’s new collection was certainly one of the most highly anticipated this season. Needless to say, he didn’t disappoint.
True to form, he introduced a game-changing lineup into the Milan S/S 2017 schedule, where, instead of presenting classical tailoring and traditional suiting, Moto Guo offered a range of outsized jackets, paperbag waistline pants and bib-like tops. The models, who walked to shuffled nursery rhymes and sported exaggerated bedhead and acne-covered faces, were not the product of your ordinary, run of the mill casting, but it couldn’t have been any more perfect.
By the time the collection had made it’s final walk, the general attitude and state of approval among those attending were commentary enough: This was certainly a milestone moment for the 24-year-old designer. Moto Guo’s goofy and decidedly unpretentious, Jeremy Scott-meets-Margiela aesthetics are a break from the norm and have made him one of the industry’s most highly watched designers this season, and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing even greater things from him in the not-too-distant future.
Photos: Courtesy of Moto Guo