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Paris, France – Designer Hyun Mi Nielsen went into the start of the haute couture season with lots of excitement around her name. Her debut couture collection from six months ago garnered for her many praises for its creativity and technical standards Unfortunately, her new “Summer Solstice” titled collection for Fall Winter 2017/18 simply does not have the same tools to live up to those expectations.
In Hyun Mi Nielsen ‘s mind, the collection is a reflection of Nina Simone and the golden age of haute couture, which inevitably takes us back to the 1950s. She is thinking of “folk costumes, punks, Scandinavian Midsummer and 50s pointy boobs.” Through them she is seeking to establish a dichotomy between what she has announced as “innocence and compelling eroticism is manifest in ruffles, graphic tulle pieces and perforated lattices.”
She has been successful in creating a couple of pieces in perforated lattices. However beyond that, the collection is missing in everything else. The 1950s was completely about elegance, glamour and the re-imaging of the female wardrobe. Her collection lacks imagination, technique and beauty. And this is haute couture, the laboratory of future fashion possibilities. Therefore it is completely incomprehensible to see her blatantly recycling the short bell-bottom pants trends that we just saw during the recent ready-to-wear season only three and a half months ago.