A moment in a mundane city life, captured so
sensitively in Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” evoked in designers Woo Young Mi
and Woo Jang Hee a feeling of both intense loneliness and of artistic beauty.
To capture the mood of this aching isolation tinged
with elegance, a somber colour palette of ochre, rust, khaki, navy, forest
green, and grey are applied.
Muted yet intense, they spread over a subversive use
of fabrics. Harris Tweeds are worn alongside pinstripe and tailoring creating a
city camouflage, while quilting is exposed on shirts and outerwear. Elements of
military underline a desire for protection.
A play on proportions of often standard pieces; a
suit jacket, or a trench, echo this defence.
Shoes and boots handmade in England also question
the traditional with a mix of Harris Tweed and leather.
Natural coloured beaver fur, cashmere, and belted
jackets and waistcoats soften the silhouette, suggesting a relaxed
sophistication and Wooyoungmi’s intrinsic gentleman.
Photos & text Copyright Wooyoungmi.