Designer Son Jung Wan was inspired by the concept of Yin and Yang for her spring 2015 collection at Mercedes Benz fashion week.
This concept was expressed in the pairing of rough, hemp fabrics with raw edges with delicate silk. There was also a color yin and yang in the look of dark rich colors paired with metallic thread details that looked an outfit was struck by a lightning bolt.
Menswear looks included sweaters combining thick, chunky yarns with super light, sheer knits. Each sweater was paired with shorts. Apparently the men in this world don’t get cold.
While there were plenty of gorgeous looks in Ivory and pastel, the best looks came from a group of clothes in bright jewel tones. Too many designers fall back on traditional colors they think are warm weather appropriate, but more and more designers like Son Jung Wan understand that customers are gravitating towards seasonless color palettes.
The pastels that the designer did offer were not twee candy colored pieces. She amped them up to iridescent sparkling creations. Many of the pieces were embroidered with a combination of solid colored jewels, pearl finish and lenticular illusion pailettes. This was a great upgrade a fabric that can easily look cheap if not executed well.
I always enjoy Son Jung Wan’s collection as one I would wear. Unfortunately, even after 8 seasons of showing at Lincoln Center, you would be hard-pressed to find her work in stores here. You could order from her site, but the online shopping experience leaves a lot to be desired. The shop does not have a size guide or description of the items.
For now, the collection creates a beautiful picture. Somehow, I assume she has bigger ambitions than that.
photos by Mariana Leung