January 24, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Paris, France – For the new Fall Winter 2016/17 collection at fashion powerhouse Wooyoungmi, founder Madame Woo Young Mi and her co-creative director daughter Katie Chung have drawn inspiration from their own personal garden. For them it is a place where perfect harmony can be seen in a powerful tree or even in a tumbling weed. Together they transpose and fuse what they see and what they feel into their outing. The result is a strong sensation that is a reinterpretation of the mid 1970s.
One is compelled to first notice the cut of the trousers. They drop to just near the floor from the back of the heels of the shoes. They flair and reveal the front of the leg through splits.They are placed together with tailored blazers in complimenting colors of rust, navy, dark tan, red, dusty pink, black, gray, mustard, etc. Printed mink scarves in a patchwork of colors are often used as accessories.
The tailoring in the blazers is soft. However the larger, geometric-like lapels are softened with rounded edges. And the shirts in the collection are actually slipovers. They button on the left shoulder. Their collar folds down too from the neck and into two separate angles.
The collection is crafted in beautiful materials. Among them we have quantities of double-faced felts, embroideries, mink, suede, knitwear, etc. And one must note that it is unusual to see so many prints in men’s coats. Yet here they are and in all their glory. These out coats are extremely voluminous.
The result of Madame Woo and Ms. Chung’s research is this fresh interpretation of a garden that innovates some of the most memorable fashions of the mid 1970’s. Their approach mixes that spirit with contemporary tastes, thus giving it relevancy again. And through this compelling work, we see how and why the house of Wooyoungmi is considered one Europe’s best luxury menswear houses.