On 27th of January 2015, Ximon Lee, a graduate from the Parsons the New School of Design was named the 2015 H&M Design Award winner. Mr. Lee had beaten 400 applicants to win the coveted title. He was also the first-ever menswear designer to win the award.
Yesterday, the designer presented his FW 15 menswear collection at the ongoing New York Fashion Week, under the umbrella of VFiles, an initiative that supports emerging designers. Lee’s collection was inspired by a documentary titled “The Children of Leningradsky”, which was about the orphaned street kids of Moscow who banded together post- Soviet collapse. Unconventional and architectural, the pieces from the collections were severe and oversized. He derived the architectural shape of the garments from the soviet block building, while the layering and the awkwardly fitted clothes were inspired from the documentary, reminiscent of the dense layers in the lives of the street kids, their survival and their experiences. Under extreme conditions the kids wore whatever they could find and that was depicted by the designer in the form deconstruction and textures in the collection.