November 13, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Moon Young Hee
Paris, France – One Sunday afternoon as a friend and I strolled through the marais in Paris, I came across the atelier of Moon Young Hee. The door on the street was opened. And there she was, working quietly per her usual. I had no doubt that she was calmly crafting what would become a piece in her new Spring/Summer 2016 collection. As I watched, I became more and more intrigued by what I could observe of her process as she gently moved her hands back and forth over the fabric as if to make sure that not even the minutest of flaws could be detected.
Walking away as I did not want to be mistaken for a stalker, I began contemplating all the reasons why I have appreciated her work so much over the years.
One must understand that for the South Korean-born, Paris-based designer superior technique is and has always been the key to her greatest success stories in fashion. That is reflected in the new collection in which we see largely cut trousers and structured jackets with impressive lapels exchanging places with soft silk dresses with large, hand-fitted appliqués. We must pay extra attention to her bubble skirts with just a bit of room on the hips. This creates a sense of sensuality as the Moon Young Hee woman moves through space and time.
For this outing the designer has opted to use a quiet and discreet palette of black, white and stripes. Though discreet, the palette is as strong as the creative talents of Moon Young Hee, whom this writer has often compared to a soft summer breeze but with the character and force of a full hurricane!