Wednesday 28 January 2015

Ximon Lee wins H&M Design Award 2015

H&M Design Award 2015 goes to menswear Ximon Lee. 
The winner was announced at Stockholm Fashion Week this week.
Ximon Lee, a 24-year-old Parsons School of Design graduate is quickly emerging as one of New York’s finest fashion talents. In addition to the show, Ximon Lee has won €50,000 and the chance to develop pieces from his collection to be sold at selected H&M stores and online later this autumn. Ximon Lee was selected by an international jury (amongst them singer Lily Allen, Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers and photographer Tommy Ton) in London.

His graduation collection entitled “Children of Leningradsky”, was inspired by a trip to Russia. The unintentional styles of street children near suburban Moscow is the main focus. Oversized, ill-fitted and layered clothes on these orphans are keys to survive in cold Russian winter. However, the unexpected mixture of materials and the contrast between synthetic and organic textures from these found clothes are pieces of art and love.
Based on the idea of oversized clothes on homeless children, Ximon deconstructed and re-patterned many garments from Salvation Army. Different ways of sandwiching/bonding fabrics as well as constructing with found materials such as trash bags and cardboards are also explored during the development. Through different textile treatments, layering and unconventional silhouettes, Ximon Lee is looking for a new way to dress and defining homelessness.

Credits Images below
Photographer: Shirley Yu
Model: Jack Denormandie at Re:Quest Model

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