Seoul Fashion Week FW16: Day 4 & 5
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Reviews by Gissella Ramirez-Valle & Tira Lee
Media by Michael Hurt, Teni Bakare, Sujin Park, Tira Lee & Luke Tipping
Resurrection always boasts a big rock n roll yet dapper show and this year was no different. Staying true to their style, the collection referenced rock n roll with tons of leather, black, oversized collars on jackets and models with slicked back hair. The soundtrack really set the mood for the show and this was one of the few shows that had fixtures set-up on the runway itself. One standout look had a sleek finishing with metallic pants and detailing on the lapels of the coat. Another look we fell in love with had drop-shoulders and a fur top which would probably sell like hotcakes once it hits the shops. We admire the designers’ attention to detail by adding gloves to each look to further enhance the rock n roll undertones.
With most designers making a 360 degree turn in their direction this year, it’s certainly refreshing to see Resurrection staying true to their roots. Perhaps this is why JYJ’s Xia Junsu remains such a faithful customer to the brand.
Rocket x lunch
Rocket x Lunch made its Seoul Fashion Week debut on the FW15 season. Now three seasons in we have seen the brand grow from a quirky streetwear brand to a recognizable label. With FW16’s Nirvana we saw that the designers are not taking their popularity for granted. Although Rocket x Lunch included common trends seen throughout many of DDP’s stages this season such as the heavy use of velvet, leather, and the red and black color combination, their identity and conceptualism is stronger than ever before.
Nirvana is a buddhist ideology and the looks all channeled an element. Kurt Cobain dabbled in buddhism himself and we think that the collection paid homage to the grunge band’s iconic styling through the inclusion of an overiszed cardigan as well as the jacket and graphic tee combination that Mulan Bae (@mulanbae) wore. Another editor favorite was the embroidered monkey shirt worn by Kim Bong Woo (@bongkeem) which channeled Chinese gangster chest tattoos.
R.Shemiste blew us away last season and was one of this season’s most anticipated showings. Although the music was the hype track Temple by Baauer featuring MIA and G-Dragon originally first heard at Alexander Wang’s show, we were underwhelmed with the looks as they seemed like a showing of much of the same of last season. However, we were intrigued by the layering, where models wore a new piece over their first looks to make it their second. YG Kplus model Heynam Sin (@heynam_sin) opened the show with a suit jacket and later came out wearing an off the shoulder trench coat on top. We also liked the added details of tassels and rouching in the work-shirts and MA-1 jackets.
We had seen Yohanix last month at New York Fashion Week’s Concept Korea womenswear show. We thought this show would have simply been a rehash and perhaps worth a skip. We are very glad to have made it into the show because "Generation Maybe" amped up the drama for the Seoul Fashion Week stage, making it one of the most memorable shows of the season. A mixed batch of models including men wearing high-cut skirts smeared their lipstick across their face as they marched down the plexiglass runway. Yas! Yas! Yas!