Explicitly cluing in audiences with oversized, embroidered sweatshirts that read, “NJS,” and, “New Jack Swing,” Dongho Ha and his label, Sewing Boundaries, take us to the late ‘80s black New York club scene in their Autumn/Winter 2016 season. New jack swing was a niche fusion genre, blending hip-hop beats with R&B vocals.
The influence of NJS on Ha’s collection takes form mainly as relaxed leisurewear. Oversized sweatshirts, light-wash denim cutoffs and velour are all running themes throughout. Channeling a bit of Will Smith, a light-hearted, ‘80s print is embroidered on wool suiting in a rainbow of colors. There are also collegiate elements in Ha’s textured bubble-knit sweater, logo cardigan and chevron motifs. Speaking of the ‘80s, the boxy blazers worn over silk shirts remind us of Tess McGill’s office attire in the hit film, Working Girl, albeit in a much more streetwear style. Rasta-colored record discs create a neat print, while medallion necklaces, hoodies and Lugz cement Ha’s collection in the urban streets and b-ball courts of the decade.