System Studios Spring-Summer 2024 - Paris Fashion Week Men’s

System Studios Spring/Summer 2024 – Paris Fashion Week Men’s

June 26, 2023

As the sun metaphorically sets, a new dawn arises in the heart of fashion with the unveiling of the System Studios Spring/Summer 2024 collection, titled “Purple Noon”. Crafted by the visionary South Korean designer Heesoo Kim, this collection delicately weaves a rich tapestry of Shelleyan romanticism with the crisp modernity of today’s sartorial zeitgeist. As the world hungrily consumes K-pop, K-beauty and K-dramas, Kim’s “Purple Noon” does not seek to ride the K-wave, but carves a fresh niche, redefining chic through a brand identity that braves both the loneliness of beauty and the whims of fast-fashion trends.

Draped under a luminescent light installation mirroring a sunset, the intriguing pieces of “Purple Noon” began to narrate their story. The stylistic poetry of this collection was drawn from the depth of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s reflections on solitude amidst aesthetic splendor, a paradox echoed in the contrast between sharp-shouldered, waist-nipped blazers for men and their relaxed, slouchy counterparts for women. Kim ingeniously incorporated traditional tailoring and embraced modernity with an eye for detail, which could be spotted in the vintage-inspired fabric linings clandestinely hidden inside a distressed denim jacket.

In a harmonious blend of the classic and contemporary, System Studios introduced drawstring denim shorts adorned with cargo pockets, airy tank dresses in a white waffle weave, and a bold snake-print motif that made its arresting presence felt in men’s and women’s outerwear. The dynamic play of proportions on these outerwear pieces affirmed Kim’s flair for making structural manipulations fashionable.

The show was a creative symphony with each collaborator playing their part to perfection. The stunning installation that illuminated the collection was conceived by filmmaker Sam Youkilis, while renowned photographer David Sims captured the essence of “Purple Noon” for the forthcoming campaign, with stylist Emmanuelle Alt lending her touch. These creative partnerships, Kim reveals, hold immense significance as he ambitiously charts the course for future collaborations and brand expansion.

As global fashion powerhouses like Louis Vuitton and Gucci mark their territory in Seoul with their larger-than-life shows, Kim dreams of flipping the script. With a standalone store in Paris on the horizon, System Studios aims to pioneer the advent of a global brand hailing from Korea. Kim’s approach dismisses trend-chasing, opting for a well-structured growth strategy that builds a sustainable brand identity, independent of the fleeting whims of the hyper-new.

Kim clearly states, “At System, we don’t want to follow that trend. It’s not about K-pop. We want to define our own brand identity and keep focusing on our base as dynamic and chic”. A steadfast proclamation that hints at a brave, new direction for Korean fashion, the System Studios Spring/Summer 2024 collection is not just a clothing line – it’s a fashion revolution.

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