Showcasing his work at London Fashion Week with Fashion Scout, Johan Ku delivered a selection of vivid and innovative knitwear-based designs. Having made his debut at Tokyo Fashion Week back in 2011, this was the first time the young designer had showed in London, having showed for the previous eight years in Tokyo. With his creative roots originating within the graphic design field, Ku incorporated these skills with those he gained when studying a master’s degree in Fashion and Textiles to create abstract graphics that sank deep into the fabric.
The collection was dominated by an array of oversized jumpers, often paired with extreme oversized snoods and scarves across a colour range of pink’s, yellow’s and blues. Multi coloured checks shared the spotlight throughout ranging from smart suits through to casual boiler suits topped off with flashes of triangles. Ku showed a different side to this vibrant collection with several grey and darker outfits, one jumper with an unidentifiable face printed deep into the knitwear was a great example of this.
The designer had previously stated this collection would be led with a positive attitude to LGBTQ rights, perhaps best shown through the genderless structures of the clothing modelled by both men and women. This genderless approach added an extra political edge to the collection, something that reflects the current climate we are living in. Young and talented designers unafraid of moving away from fashion stereotypes have helped make London Fashion Week the exciting spectacle that it is today.
Ku’s design work had previously been exhibited in London in 2015 as part of the exhibit ‘Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood’ at the Textile and Fashion Museum. Now the designers resume continues to grow with a flawless show which showed glimpses of brilliance throughout.
PHOTOGRAPHY | MATT MORRIS
WRITER | JAKE WRIGHT