Found in pale yellow, true white, black and navy, the structural garments falling back on itself is almost as playful as that childhood cheap luxury. The peep shoulder formed from the topple-over effect is a edgy take on the asymmetrical fashions that have been dictating the runway for the last few seasons.
But there was more than just exposed shoulder blades, impeccable tailoring and draping effects that could be spotted in every piece.
It was quite a sensible choice for Lee to elaborate a majority of his designs with the criss cross rope lacing details.
Lee used glass in two different ways for this season. One way was pretty straight forward—by physically using it in his construction—the second way he noted was during the conceptualization of his silhouettes. And I don't mean that he somehow found inspiration by being under the influence of the street drug reffred to as glass. Because honestly, some might have even questioned if Lee had dabbled with it during the collections early formation, after he admitted to being inspired by glass. But don’t sweat it Lee, I’m here to make things clear! (That was a play on glass.)
Joking aside, Lee crocheted glass beads within a couple core pieces that gave off a slightly yellow hued crystal tile result. Lee used the imagination of physical glass by sculpting the garments from square sheets of material, in order to bring his concepts full fold.
The 24 finished three dimensional looks cast a reflection of Lee’s draping, pleating, and folds; a mirror image of scattered symmetry to balance out the majority of his asymmetrical styles. For the perfect symmetrical type, we recommend you consider trying the offbeat ribbed top with paneled shoulder patches, the mid-calf black flyover vest or even the V-neck fold over blazer.
All of these designs could vibe with the unexpected warm or cold springtime weather. In his own words, “to peel back the layers” which in many respects, created an unzipped feel without actually compromising the designs with the appearance of zippers.
There was one look though, where the zipper was blatantly obvious— from the neck down to the waist to be precise. And to think, that zippers were once looked at as a cheap resource used within the industry. Nope, not here! The garment is made from a tightly knitted scuba fabric, which creates a smooth appeal on the fitted body.
I would be lying to you if I tried to pinpoint whether it was a little black dress or a onesie bathing suit—a piece fit for the many resort occasions. But honestly, I’m not quite sure if that really matters. Because in the end, I think we’re all imagining unzipping that and playing with our sticky hands anyways.
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Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an abstract visual content producer, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University; where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column for The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University – And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early – Bringing him to four design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.