Inspired by the heart felt emotion of first love Kyu Shin and Ji Park — two 30-year-old South Koreans have come to the conclusion that romance causes blindness. The young designers who have been showing in Seoul since 2016, were shortlisted last year for the LVMH Prize. Exploring the theme of first love, the duo mined the full range of feelings triggered by falling in love for the first time into a romantic collection that takes the non-binary trend to new levels of sophistication and drama.
The Spring 2019 collection dissects the idea of ‘First Love’ and the vulnerability of those who experience it. Shin and Park delve into the full range of conflicting emotions through the juxtaposition of non-traditional fabrics, moving seamlessly from soft to hard with a mix of atypical layering. Their romantic sensibilities are seen through an exaggerated lens of flowing tulle silhouettes with extravagant hints of opulence. Tulle and silk chiffon are transformed into ruffled trousers, bodysuits, wrap coats, tunics, and romantic dresses. The dream-like trance of first love is illustrated through a series of decadent layered ruffles and their signature use of pearls on many of the accessories, including masks, shoulder and corset embellishments. “Pearls are not a men’s accessory, they’re not male-friendly and that’s why we wanted to trial them” – Park Ji Sun. There were pearl-bound blindfolds that looked a little like wedding garters, signifying the obsessional blindness of love.
Blindness Fall 2019 Collection