After being named the first menswear designer to receive the H&M design award earlier this year, Parson’s graduate Ximon Lee releases a collection with the fast fashion retailer.
The limited collection is inspired by Lee’s oversized, gender-bending streetwear and captures the themes of denim and embroidery. The line also reinterprets the designer’s complex bonded fabrics, which initially won the attention of the prize’s jury. The collection is made up of eight pieces that can be worn individually or as a whole look.
To create an oversized silhouette, Lee uses a layer of foam that sits between two layers of denim in both a heavy twill denim jacket and a pair of wide shorts. The collection also includes a cotton top printed with an oversized denim rib and a pair of structured denim trousers with chunky zips, embroidered with blue metallic thread. Jersey leggings have a denim feel, while an all-over print on a jacquard knit creates the effect of huge ribbing.
Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M, said, “I am thrilled with Ximon’s collection for H&M. His bonded fabrics and structured shapes are really exciting, and show exactly why Ximon won the H&M Design Award.”
Lee said, “I had such a great time creating this collection for H&M.” He added, “They have been so respectful, and have found the best ways to recreate my pieces. I can’t wait to see it in stores.”
In addition to developing the collection for H&M, Lee received a prize sum of €50,000 and showed his collection at Fashion Week in Stockholm in January 2015. H&M will release the collection at select H&M stores and online on Oct. 22.