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Denim Design Talent: Ximon Lee

Young menswear designer Ximon Lee pushes the boundaries of denim textiles with his graduate collection that explores the contrast between synthetic and organic textures.

A recent graduate of Parsons New School of Design, Ximon Lee emerged as one of 2014’s most promising new design talents with his final thesis collection entitled “Children of Leningradsky.” A former intern for the likes of Calvin Klein and Philip Lim, Lee caught the eye of the fashion press with his unconventional S/S 14 graduate collection that was inspired by the unintentional styles of street children near suburban Moscow. “Oversized, ill-fitted and layered clothes on these orphans are keys to survive in cold Russian winter. However, the unexpected mixture of materials and the contrast between synthetic and organic textures from these found clothes are pieces of art and love.” Lee said on the collection.

Based on this concept, Ximon deconstructed and re-patterned many garments from Salvation Army, artfully layering pieces of synthetic and organic materials like denim and neoprene. Silhouettes are outsized and rigid with some pieces worn as oversized “sandwich board” signs covering the wearer down below the knee. Each piece is characterised by a combination of stark whites contrasted against raw indigos and watery blues. The theme of homelessness is further explored through different textile treatments like glossy black resins and puckered surfaces that represent trash bags and cardboard. An ambitious graduate, the New York based designer is already working on his next collection. Read further on Ximon here.

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