MINJU KIM AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR LONDON FASHION WEEK
For the very first MINJU KIM collection, Minju wanted to start with a concept that brings genuine courage in herself. Therefore, she chose the hero figure born in ‘86 which is the same as her birth year. She loved the stories of the brave young woman having strong magic power to save the others and herself. Moreover, the vivid color and the characters vibrant movement inspired her. In this collection, she wanted to bring out her own hero in her imagination to her work.
“One coat I particularly admired from one hundred per cent wool, in black, had exquisite, deft use of sky blue and red complements in geometric shapes at the shoulder and continued down the back in a bold, super-stylish ‘V’ shape finishing mid back. Strong line cut tapered against the female form along the length of the coat, couture finishing, design dazzle – it’s a suave, designer power-coat to die for, yet still retains a soft, feminine colour dimension, arguably agender at a subtle push. I could see traces of airline stewardess 60s uniforms in some of the designs, but possibly more about my associations than the designers intentions.”
“When a designer leaps out in joy to see how the audience has responded to her and later lets me know that she was dancing backstage due to sheer happiness of what was happening in that moment for her, I knew Minju Kim was something else. I also knew this when I sat and watched her show. Before my eyes, I saw how Kim used the superhero figure she idolised and wanted to be when she was younger come to life. Kim’s collection featured brogued heels, similar to Prada in past seasons yet these had bunnies on them. Pink leg warmers, sixties cuts, geometric shapes in forms of underpants over tights- heroine style of course and even printed suits of the super hero was found at Kim’s.”