South Korean designer Songzio presented his SS18 collection entitled Crossing Veils as inspired by the phrase: ‘Man, in his night, searches for his own light’. Behind the bar-like vertical lines, the playful and scratch like horizontals make their best emotional effort to protrude. The sensitivity of the brand’s protagonist searching for his emotions, is the essence of this season’s designs.
Songzio’s signature Cross Look comes to live in this collection through the play with contrasting silhouettes: the sharply tailored fit jackets against the loose and playful silhouettes of the inner-wear and trousers. The modern and strict outerwear juxtaposed with the bright and youthful watercolour printed inner-wear. Similarly, the colour palette where the brand’s classic black and white are in contrast with royal blue, orange and yellow, as inspired by two portrait paintings by Velasquez depicting the Infanta Margarita Teresa in both a pink and a blue dress.
Each collection begins with Songzio’s visualisation of his ideas on canvas using oil paints, creating the brand’s signature crossing strokes. Songzio’s artworks are then translated into printed textiles, making every season another delicately curated exposition.
Painting the crossing strokes onto the canvas, the designer expresses the simultaneous dissonance and harmony of an object and its emotions. The stern vertical strokes represent the object while the sharp horizontal strokes represent its emotions: a young man and his ambition, a boy and his curiosity, lovers and love.
The result is a collection, that is dramatic and bold yet balanced with delicate artworks, featuring shawl collar tailored suits bearing the seasons’ art print, shirts and t-shirts with water colour paintings of young men, straight-cut trousers with side fringe detailing.