– “Juhyun Vivi Park, Academy of Art University. New York Fashion Week Spring 2012”
Academy of Art’s Juhyun Vivi Park has certainly been turning heads at New York fashion week Spring 2012. Inspired by men’s work wear, Park has created comfortable yet functional pieces for Spring that’s in a way reminiscent of Yohji Yamamoto. The designer also strategically uses stone-washing techniques to give texture to the garments. The wash also gives soft neutral palette to this striking collection. Free flowing movement is created by layering several pieces of garments together. The sharp shapes is indicated by varying lengths of pants, coats, and shirting, all while creating eye catching silhouette.
While the garments are loose and relaxed, structure is added with cropped coats and long jackets with different draped lapels. Several different pocket placements are used to give the elongating illusion. Park meticulously plays with different sized threads and stitching to give surface interest.
When we think of work wear, we automatically thing old, boring, or rugged. But Park has re-invented work wear into a whole new meaning of “chic”. She takes classic ideas and turns into something innovative and unique. The collection is functional, wearable, comfortable, and even versatile. The design is very flexible for it can cater to both men and women. Each individual piece of the collection can be easily worn separately or together. While the collection gives off a casual mood, it still reads dressy and put together.
Finally the neutral colors of the garments makes mixing and matching a breeze. Pieces can be transformed from spring/summer to fall/winter. Think of all the possibilities! What a refreshing collection that is simple yet put together. This is a classic example of effortless fashion. Fashion never has to be overly complicated. Stick to a basic silhouette and remember to play around with layers and textures! It’s all about being original. So next time take something old and revive it in a refreshing way.