Spring ’15: A matter of contrasts

Renee Minus White | 9/18/2014, 4:30 p.m.
Designer Son Jung Wan focused on “Dualism” for spring/summer 2015.
Spring/summer design by Son Jung Wan

Designer Son Jung Wan focused on “Dualism” for spring/summer 2015. Her elegant collection explores the many ways women dress.

There are times when women want to dress pretty and feminine and other times when they simply dress chic, stylish and sexy. Her own unique look hit the runway in a colorful selection that was created by mixing and matching contrasting elements. At her Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show, her silhouettes were soft, yet curvy and quite shapely on the body.

For spring/summer 2015, this counterbalance could be interpreted as yin and yang. In the show, Wan’s hard-edge details or rough texture fabrics are used to contrast softness of the silhouette. The straight-line silhouette counterbalances with soft, Oriental streamline details. Designing for men and women, the way she styled skirt hemlines and contrasting coloring on the bottom of her men’s short pantsuits created a fashion stir. This look was so unexpected, yet well received.

In more contrast-color combinations, she utilized a color range from mysterious opal to alluring magenta. Other hues, such as deep-toned jungle green, a blue from the Danube River and refreshing cool mint, give a taste of summer. Various colors are also mixed and matched with chalky white and neutral beige. Fabrics are soft and harmonize with the rough textured fabric of hemp. For evening, there are glaring colors of gold and shimmering sequins. Her looks are expressions of minimalism that are revealed by using two layers of soft mesh and tough cotton.

On the last day of Fashion Week, the Art Hearts Fashion show brought more than a thousand guests to Lincoln Center for a good cause. The show proved fashion has a heart, with eight designers showcasing spring/summer 2015 collections, including Mister Triple X, Control Sector, Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, Hallie Sara, Altaf Maanesha, MTCostello and Amato. Celebrities walked the runway and lined the front row. Held Sept. 11, 2014, the Art Hearts Fashion show supported AIDS research and also included a special 9/11 tribute.