Presented by GQ China, the XIMONLEE Autumn/Winter 17 collection took London Fashion Week: Men’s by storm, representing Chinese menswear fashion and the ever growing reputation it has here in London.
For AW17 the XIMONLEE collection is titled ‘Shame’. The collection is branded with the Chinese symbol for shame, which is, in fact, a combination of the Chinese symbols for beauty and ugly. The ideas behind the collection examine the differences and similarities between both the conscience and unconscious as well as structure and deconstruction, acting as a study for the designer, Ximon Lee.
The clothing itself explores the exposure of the human body through fabric mismatches and manipulations. Leather and velvet come together; juxtaposed textures combining to create once piece. Lee plays around with cut-outs and masking the body with panels and accessories; revealing vs concealing. This idea is further demonstrated through the use of sheer materials, exposing the torsos of the bodies in one look, and shielding them with knitwear in others. Pearls play a significant part in the making of the collection, with pearl brooches and pearl embellishments on harnesses, shirts and trousers.
Our favourite pieces from the XIMONLEE AW17 collection are the pearl embellished black velvet trousers and the harnesses, exposing the bare skin and nipple… what’s the ‘Shame’ in that?
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