This show was simply called ‘Lapped’ probably because the models on the runway were draped and wrapped into their winter menswear rather than to be dressed or clothed in it and, frankly, in a way this makes sense when it is really cold outside, and if then you can still manage to move about in high designer streetwear chic you – and the designer Juun J. from Korea – will have done something right. For it is never too cold to go in style.
Covering Juun J. before we noticed the same signature of lots of exaggerated oversized menswear drapes which seems to be the hot topic of Paris FW this winter with every second designer who presents (and thus a trend), but we know that Juun J. did this popular feature all along in previous years as well, so perhaps that his draping and lapping will catch on as a trend in the coming year as well.
Nevertheless we see here the one hot item museum of modern art piece pop up once again – the reversible jacket blazer-coat, or coat-blazer jacket, hmm reversible coat-jacket – where the one side is coat and the inside a street jacket, the latter functioning as a scarf to be wrapped sleeves and all around your neck when you wear it as a coat. Well, check it out below in the pictures so you get the idea rather than reading this sentence again.
But that is not the only signature noticeable for Juun J. who loves to go either genderless, or gender neutral, or non – gender with his collections which is achieved as is well known in the industry by putting loads of tall slim models of both genders in wide and oversized clothes, while giving them carry on hand bags, and by adding some jewelry, caps, and hoodies so that no one would still know from afar if this is a men’s or a women’s show, but hey what can we say, because as they say – beauty is only skin deep.
And so it is with this fab and posh genderless streetwear chic AW 18 collection and a special honorable mention must go to the marvelously lapped drapes set in colorful Prince of Wales and Scottish Square patterns (some hounds tooth and pin stripes as well) as these items defy the standard Juun J. collection signature colors of military green with shades of black. So here is our request: to drape it. Lap it. And color it. Pattern it. Wrap it. But please don’t paint it black. Because this Paris winter has been dark enough (lowest hours of sunshine since weather records began).
Story by Sandro and photos from Juun J.