General Idea’s Bold New Monochromatic Silhouettes for Fall 2016
See our behind the scenes feature of General Idea Fall 2016:
Bumsuk Choi of General Idea highlighted the biggest trend of the season in his latest Fall 2016 collection and elevated the theme to even further extremes. His deluxe version of luxurious, outerwear and rounded shoulder silhouettes trimmed with modern, geometric details had a contemporary modern feel of evening mixed with streetwear. Round metal grommets, along with squares, circles, and triangles were everywhere on shirts, bags, and even floppy brimmed hats. Iron on sheen patches and glossy satin trimmed pockets were also prevalent, instilling the plainest of sweaters, coats and bombers with a modern, futuristic edge that seemed to suggest luxury space travel.
The styling of each piece was well thought out beginning with the overall shape and layering of each look, to the multiple textures of the trims and accessories. Sturdy leather and wool coats were contrasted with electrifying colors in various fabrics to form a cohesive visual story. Then the carefully curated looks took a more serious turn with a series of long wrap coats in ivory, navy, black, gray and rich cognac. Choi’s restrained color palette remained monochromatic throughout the show, so as not to distract from the architectural shapes and volume. The sculptural effect was visible in everything, including the oversized sweatshirts and pullovers worn with high cropped trousers and long socks. Several unusually long, full cut wrap coats came in rich indigo blue or somber gray, and were very much on trend. Though instead of being structural, these coats were like thick, cozy wrap around blankets. Some were accessorized with thick black chokers tied elegantly around the neck.
Choi sent a few velvet cargo trousers with oversized square pockets and metal eyelet closures down the runway with luxe utilitarian pullovers. One was paired with metallic silver biker pants that featured coordinating zippers on the sleeves and trousers. Of the many standout pieces, a leather bomber and biker jacket adorned with both squares and rectangles in a psychedelic graphic print read “penetrate, instilled, world.” Accessories were also a major part of the show with futuristic sunglasses rendered in a futuristic octagonal shape, along with several new bags that offer a welcome alternative to the typical men’s offerings. An over-sized flat envelope bag serves as a new modern alternative to the briefcase. Or consider a sleek top-handle backpack with grommet details as a carry-all option. To complete each look, the models wore enormous thick creeper shoes with a rich, gradient finish. Overall, it was a clever, way to present fall’s bold, new monochromatic silhouettes.
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General Idea Runway Fall 2016 Global Fashion News Collection by designer Bumsuk Choi 범석최.
Full Fashion Show in High Definition produced by Gianna Madrini, Style Editor – Global Fashion News ©2016 All Rights Reserved.
Casting Director: David Milosevich
Models: Alastair George, Benji Staker, Dylan Fender, Elijah Tyedmers, Hideki Asahina, Ian Sharp, Jeroen Teerlinck, Jun Sung, Kye D’arcy, Matvey Konstantinov, Michael Lockley, Philip Witts, Reid Rohling, Robert Laby, Rockwell Harwood, Sebastiaan Gelton, Taylor Rosen, Yannick Abrath.
Location: New York.
Music: Shoulder Closures by Gunnar Olsen
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License
Hair Stylist: Linh Nguyen
Casting Director: David Milosevich
Producer: Lynne O’Neill
Models: Alastair George, Benji Staker, Dylan Fender, Elijah Tyedmers, Hideki Asahina, Ian Sharp, Jeroen Teerlinck, Jun Sung, Kye D’arcy, Matvey Konstantinov, Michael Lockley, Philip Witts, Reid Rohling, Robert Laby, Rockwell Harwood, Sebastiaan Gelton, Taylor Rosen, Yannick Abrath