The Futuristic Line that Brought H&M Design Award 2015 to Ximon Lee
You’d better write down this name because I guarantee you’ll be hearing a lot of it from now on.
This is the first year that something like this happens: 24-year-old Ximon Lee is not only the first U.S. designer to ever win the H&M Design Award, but also the first menswear designer to do so!
The young designer fascinated the entire panel of judges and believe me when I say, these are not easily impressed people.
We’re talking here about Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Design Director – Luella Bartley, photographer Tommy Ton, Lucinda Chambers from British Vogue, the buying director of mytheresa.com – Justin O’Shea and many more.
Ximon Lee graduated from Parsons in New York and in 2014 he also won the Parsons Menswear Designer of the Year with his graduation collection, but the H&M Design Award is what’s going to skyrocket his career.
Not only did he win €50,000, but also the unique chance to develop pieces from his collection which will later be sold at H&M stores and online this fall.
But what’s so special about this collection? What made him stand out from all the contestants?
Long story short: his futuristic vision. A vision that resulted in layers of denim and neoprene alongside other unusual materials such as plastic and cardboard, all of them building architectural exaggerated shapes that stay away from the body.
Where did all of this come from? What inspired the young designer was the documentary Children of Leningradsky and as a professional that he is, Ximon traveled all the way to Russia to create his moonboards for the collection. A true designer knows you have to stay face to face with a feeling to be able to recreate it.
The thing about Ximon’s collection is that it’s not a wearable line, but it’s a powerful concept that tells a story as Tommy Ton says, too:
It’s very street, its very art inspired, it’s very architectural, it’s very individual but at the same time it is approachable because you can see the story and history behind everything that he does.
Yes, Ximon’s collection won the jury over and was by far the winner of the competition. Even Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design for New Development confesses:
Ximon’s collection captivated the jury with its contemporary yet poetic mood, with a strong feeling for fabric and an incredible attention to detail.
Although this is not a wearable collection, it’s crystal clear that Ximon Lee is bold and insanely creative which will take him to the front line designers in no time.
And even though the line was conceived for menswear, the pieces will be developed and reinterpreted so that they’re suitable for everyday wear and Ximon says he’s really excited the clothes will be worn by women, too.
Stay tuned this upcoming fall for the latest creative vision of Ximon Lee!
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