GYO YUNI KIMCHOE. SS16.

As advocates of the sustainability fashion movement, Korean duo Gyo Yuni Kimchoe highlight the importance of recycling in their latest collection. Entitled ‘The Enlightened Rebel’, the collection references the two contrasting concepts of Buddhism and British rebel culture. As a result, the collection is a refreshing mix of rebellion and modesty with an eclectic blend of fabrics and textures.

The collection is largely androgynous, with female models strutting down the catwalk in masculine tailored trousers and utility-style jackets. Contrasting fabrics are added as applique to form knee and elbow patches in a ‘make do and mend’ inspired theme. Not straying too far from their SS15 collection, camo prints are used throughout to add further interest. The colour palette is kept muted and understated – it is the variety of fabrics that do the talking in this collection. From satin to denim, these clothes appeal to everyone.

Towards the end of the show, the models walked down the catwalk in full-length Asian brocade dresses, drawing more inspiration from Buddhism. Tulle elements are added to keep the collection edgy and new. With such a deep understanding of texture, and a clear work ethic, it seems like it is only a matter of time before Gyo Yuni Kimchoe becomes one of the must-see shows of the fashion season.

Written by Catherine Loader. Images © Chris Yates.

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