The troubadours who made up the K-Pop renaissance of the 90’s is what Seoul-based designer Munsoo Kwon was inspired by for his Fall/Winter 2016 collection. It was an era of extreme fandom – think crying teen girls, hordes of fans and over-the-top stage outfits. Kwon’s collection drew off the era by bringing in the neons of artists’ stage outfits, paired with neutral hues of navy and camel. Cropped pants and knit turtlenecks played on sweat suits and sweatshirts.
A host of tailored outerwear that included starkly color blocked overcoats, leather motorcycle jackets, toggled anoraks and wool bombers, one of Kwon’s signatures stole the center stage. Kwon showed off his modern mastery of tailoring, which he learned from the tutelage of Robert Geller, Helmut Lang and Thom Browne, but played with the nostalgia of his conceit – think quirky shoulder pads a-la-nineties business style and puffer jackets favored by Korean school boys. Bright-hued turtlenecks paired under chalked-stripe and pink pinstriped suiting and draped cardigans. Cropped pants revealed a splash of color in bright socks, including mismatched canary and cobalt socks. Oversized sweat suits were emblazoned with phrases from the era; a salmon-colored shirt spelled out “OPPA” – the phrase teen girls screamed when they spotted their musical heroes. Eye wear was mod, and marked Kwon’s collaboration with Korean eyewear brand ALO. It was about reminiscing the past, but taking a well-heeled step towards the future.