Situated in the grand London Edition, Day 2 of LFWM kicked off with 1×1 Studio SS20 presentation. With previous shows as an emerging brand on the Fashion Scout off-schedule shows in previous season, the label made it’s first foray into the official London Fashion Week Mens schedule with it’s debut presentation.
1X1 Studio is an emerging brand crafted by Taiwanese born Yi-Ling Kuo, building a brand straight from university and bringing around the conversation between culture, experimentation and craftsmanship. Taking guests on a journey, the SS20 presentation began by leading the audience through the venue’s candlelit corridors into the basement lit in hues of orange and blue, the ethereal interior drew eyes to an entire back wall which attracted immediate attention with it’s intricately placed design, making reference to sustainable fashion.
‘Corn to be worn’ is the building blocks of Kuo’s collection, which is primarily designed with eco fashion in mind. The vision of the brand is to work seamlessly between textiles to find a way out of traditional structures of product ranges and always keen to push the boundaries.
Remarkably the collection is proud in its assertion that if buried in soil, it would take just five years to decompose the garments. Not only sourced from corn yarns, the collection also makes use of recycled bottle fabrics. With this in mind, models wore transparent plastic visors and face pieces in contrast with others whose vision is obstructed with a face full of daisies.
This season brought with it a lesser take on the asymmetrical geometric shapes seen in the last collection. It was still seen subtlety in white shirt collars worn under woolen slipover vests. Knitwear remained in the collection, hung loose with round necklines, ribbing and cable knits were seen ruched. Building on traditional shapes, a baby blue lightweight woolen trench was worn; and some pieces were segmented and attached with fluorescent orange yarn.
In relation to Kuo’s hometown, the collection gives an industrial feel, which is reflected in the mechanical movement of the models. Live vocal performance set over an electro beat had the audience pulsating, looking forward to a future that is fashionably sustainable.
Though collegiate, models seemed equipped for something to come. Surreptitious silhouettes with cut off above the knees but almost every look had itself toggle hanging or drawstring pockets. Pieces permit its wearer to take with it a bottle in the perfectly fitted pockets as if in response to the material it is made from.
In relation to Kuo’s hometown, the collection gives an industrial feel, which is reflected in the mechanical movement of the models and the functionality of each look. Live vocal performance set over an electro beat had the audience pulsating, looking forward to a future that is fashionably sustainable.
Like the relationship seen between the violinist who opened playing over electronic music, 1×1 combines new forms of production and construction with modern takes on classic shapes for a relaxed but confident look.
Although still in it’s infancy, the brand continues to grow in confidence with every season. Rest assure, there is more to come from 1×1 Studio in years to come, forming a stronger identity with every collection.