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 silhouettes this season appeared reflective of nature’s own gentle lines, with soft forms and curves adding an exquisite richness to the shaped sleeves and paneling appearing throughout the collection. The lily itself is represented in patchworked mink; the bold magnolia is echoed in sculptural forms, while the peony makes for a cunning embroidery. Though each piece originates from the classic male wardrobe, the overall softness of the collection is exaggerated with the use of double-face felts, suedes, chenille knits and patchwork mink. With man and woman both represented this season, the altogether easy-to-wear wardrobe was completed with a vibe that appeared both rough and pretty, strong and fragile, throughout a covetable range of wide trousers, loose tailoring and soft, oversized coats.
Inspired by the colours encountered at an exhibition of David Hockney’s ‘The Arrival of Spring’, the colours this season were individually vibrant but when viewed together balanced harmoniously. With shades of red, dusty pink, moss green and vintage orange, WOOYOUNGMI’s easy-to-wear fall collection took a cue from the gardens for a rustic hued offering for the somber months, adding beauty and colour to where there might be none in everyday life.
“If you want to replenish your visual thinking, you have to go back to nature.” – David Hockney
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