Gayeon Lee, known for her sophisticated yet simplistic eye for style showcased her latest collection at 10-11 Carlton Terrace for SS19.
Having completed the acclaimed MA fashion womenswear course at Central Saint Martins in 2013 under Professor Louise Wilson, Lee acquired valuable skills that propelled her into the forefront of the luxury market. Whilst working in London and New York, Lee worked with several luxury brands including the illustrious Marc Jacobs, leading her to launch her own label in 2014. During AW18, and SS18, she collaborated with Swarovski, creating some enigmatic, yet elegant looks that enhanced the carefully selected crystal ranges that were both geometrically and stylistically satisfying. She also won the Vogue Talents award in 2016.
Lee’s contemporary womenswear collection brings forth a sense of confident simplicity, and playfulness that’s hard to master in a crowded market. Her interest in fine art and her deep understanding of textile design gives rise to the craftsmanship in her work, highlighting the exquisite detailed finish that’s become reminiscent of her most sophisticated work. Each collection always reveals new possibilities in texture, shape, and proportion with this season’s collection showcasing a more free-flowing, naturalistic style.
This season’s collection boasts free-flowing structure, a plethora of patterns and a multitude of bright colours nestled in between neutral tones. The room itself was a bright, airy space with an ornately carved ceiling, large windows and multiple mirrors which reflected each movement from the models, and professional ballet dancers. The movement of each individual represented a contemporary interpretation of 50’s feminine silhouettes with spots, stripes and natural colours.
The collection aimed to explore the relationship between fashion and art; managing to reference the works of Egon Schiele. Her use of colours and patterns was inspired by Schiele’s intense yet rugged paintings.
The most impressive example of Lee’s vibrant imagination, and eye for craftsmanship is in her footwear. Pointed leather slip-ons with a small kitten heel in two tones, contrasted against the delicacy of each dancer’s pointe shoes.
Each skirt is full, nipped in at the waist, with distinct drapery, and movement. Although the dresses seem understated and simple, layers and gentle details created volume and structure that only added to the subtle intricacy of these stunning garments.
The collection was complemented by the backdrop of Regency manor Carlton House and early 20th century piano music choreographed by Glen Snowdon.
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Text: Millie Bull
Images: Huw Jenkins