Munsoo Kwon SS16
The story behind the SS16 collection from Korean designer, Munsoo Kwon, is an interesting one. It draws inspiration from the issue called “Guieoh”, which happens when someone who has lived in the city packs up and moves to a fishing village to begin a new chapter.
Colours like off-white, beige, red and navy bring are prevalent in the SS16 collection and neon orange, green, blue and pink are used in PVC tapes to tie in the theme. The idea of fishing villages continues with Fair Isle patterned cardigans and jumpers.
Kwon puts his quirky stamp throughout the collection with gingham prints and mesh fabrics which represent fishing nets, and cleverly creates hidden fish tails in pockets which symbolise fully loaded fish boats.
A collection influenced by the fishing village is only complete with trousers inspired by fisherman pants. The pants and shorts have a relaxed and oversized silhouette while maintaining a crafted approach in the finishing.
The designer launched his first collection for FW12 after working with menswear designers like Thom Browne, Robert Geller, Helmut Lang and a 5-season stint at Andrew Buckler. Armed with his knowledge in the menswear market, he creates tailored modern silhouettes which are wearable and have impeccable fit.
The SS16 collection successfully mixes the “Guieoh” theme with Korean’s streetwear sensibility, bringing two opposing worlds into harmony. Of course, such cohesive dichotomy can only be achieved by someone like Kwon.