South Korean designer, Songzio, presented an AW17 collection entitled Misanthrope at London Collections: Men.
This season marks the brand’s second UK showcase outside of the Paris and Seoul fashion weeks.
Blurring the boundaries of fashion and art and continuing with the concept, ‘paint on black’, each item of the collection emanates from the season’s original paintings, painted by the designer himself. The fusion of abstract art with modernist clothing is the brand’s unique signature style. From cold sharply tailored suits to romantic volumes, every season is another delicately curated exposition.
This collection from Songzio visually depicts the story of a young man, walking the cold yet serene street on a eerie morning of an unknown city. This stern and almost ascetic young man immersed in his own high sense of beauty and life finds himself charmed and warmed by the winter lights piercing the cold mist of dawn. His heart warmed, touched and inspired, finds himself alone in the city’s false winter.
Songzio features an emblematic ‘cross look’, both through a direct visual representation in the Crossing Strokes painting, as well as within the contrasting silhouettes. Free flowing shirts and voluminous trousers are countered and cocooned by long oversize black coats and capes that fall strongly from the shoulders. Each look represents the young misanthrope’s free and light conscience, cocooned by the heaviness of his own asceticism.
The result is a collection that is dramatic and bold yet balanced with delicate artworks, depicted through dark armour like outerwear and juxtaposed with light sensual, delicate art prints underneath. Dense knitwear from capes to voluminous bomber jackets in hues of brown and black are complimented by the warm touch of mustang patchwork. Art prints find themselves in both the inner wears as well as on leather jackets, bombers and in the linings of tailored jackets.