For their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, WooYoungMi and daughter Katie Chung were inspired by the iconic portraits of Oscar Wilde taken by Napoléon Sarony. Their muse consisted of Wilde and the other like-minded individuals who rose to prominence during the late 19th to early 20th century and spearheaded the artistic and intellectual movements. This is where the belief of « art for art’s sake » was born, which led to the Arts & Crafts movement, and eventually the influential folks who formed Bloomsbury Set.
With these thoughts in mind, the collection comes to life through a range of romantic fabrics like velvet and corduroy, soft wools and crisp cotton. The color palette here is kept autumnal, with dashes of emerald, Wedgwood blue and vermilion. Models graced the runway in laid-back, casually disheveled looks where the romance is seen in subtle details. Ruffles cascaded haphazardly down dress shirts, their extended cuffs peeked out of coat sleeves. Tailored dinner jackets were paired with slouchy sweatpants, and half-tucked shirts were layered under chunky knitwear.
The mother daughter design duo were also inspired by the equally mismatched furnishings of the young poet’s humble dwellings, sleeves and collars were pleated with curtain trimmings, long coats reminded us of lounging robes and pyjamas. Wooyoungmi’s stylishly unkempt collection reminds us of the expression of art in all its forms and appeals to today’s modern age dreamers.
Photographs by Quentin de Ladelune