MÜNN Spring/Summer 2018 collection review.
Words Joie Reinstein, Media Seoul Fashion Week
It makes sense that HAN HYUN MIN, MÜNN’s creative director chose the work of Alex Chinneck to drive the theme of his SS18 collection. Just like the the temporary but functional architectural installations of the British artist, MÜNN (@munnseoul) also strives to continually challenge the routine of fashion while still remaining in the realm of wearability. This mixing of whimsy with the practical was apparent as the emphasis was placed on garments that could go from nature to city and perform well in both. MÜNN didn’t only draw from Chinneck’s work conceptually but also by echoing the geometric shapes from the buildings themselves. For example triangular panels inserted into the back of collars were reminiscent of a work where a building looked like it had been torn to reveal it’s inside. Key pieces such as shorts and wind breakers mixed soft tailoring with shiny sports fabrics. The color palette also echoed the hues of the installations to the environment surrounding Chinneck’s work and included late 80s pastels to ultra bright oranges, brick khakis and greens.
On the men’s side of the collection, garments were kept loose and away from the body with billowing pants and parkas. Their fashion component came more from the finishes with zips, draw strings and pleats creating that architectural and minimalist geometry. In terms of womenswear which was merely peppered into the show, the same performance fabrics in bright oranges or camouflage-esque prints were made into shapeless but functional dresses.
Similar to R.SHEMISTE the carabiner, a secure metal loop used in rock climbing, was used to attached decorative pieces of climbing rope to trousers and pants. We can now see a survival theme emerging as brands are clearly thinking of how people can brave multiple elements and climates. Just like the theme of the collection, never take the permanency of your environment for granted.