Ximonlee Spring Summer 2020 Presentation | Reconscious
Represented by REP Agency.
The XIMONLEE SS20 presentation engages in the exploration of restoration and poetic symbolism. Utilizing multi- channel storytelling, it unfolds in the form of an installation and a moving presentation.
Being conscious is the state of awareness of external environments or something within oneself. Resuscitating from the chaos and reversal in progress that happened in the past, the value of taking a pause to confront oneself is underrated in a world where ‘sustainability’ is contradictorily pegged with ‘growth’. Yet being reflective and resurrecting the initial intention is a beautiful act of bravery. With its SS20 collection, XIMONLEE uses personal journey as a metaphor to showcase the tender vulnerability and the brutal strength of mental growth.
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The installation is a walkable path, set in a circle shaped semi-transparent cage, in stark contrast to the mechanical backdrop of the Garage Amelot. Half see through, half disguised, the flowers and plants grow inside the greenhouse cage, petals and twigs build an artificially organic and suffocating landscape. In this confrontational dialogue, the viewers and the models are being filmed by three visible surveillance cameras, openly projected to screens, intentionally introducing self-consciousness and encouraging reflection. Are we not all but damage doers to the nature, to fellow human beings and to ourselves?
The collection draws inspiration from classic menswear staples but breathes in reworked sophistication. Loosening up from the brand’s signature right-angled forms and embracing more easy-fitted silhouettes. Double-breasted silk satin blazers and iridescent crushed velvet suits leave center stage to black and white wool jacquard opposing like a poetic screenplay about primitive human desires and power games. Loose silk yarn is forcefully punched through heavy twill or tainted denim, growing out on the other side of the fabrics like they are sprouting after the apocalypse. Their movements and motions are then suddenly frozen by sheer foils which are heat-pressed on, resulting into uncanny engravings of emotional momentums, coincidentally favoring ink landscape paintings. Displaced sartorial details – back pockets in the front, elongated waist belts and collar-scarf details – add intricate errors to the wardrobe.
XIMONLEE partnered up with Reebok to preview their new Reebok DMX Trail Hydrex sneaker model, a teaser to a bigger collaboration coming up in the near future.