Vauxhall Fashion Scout hosted the D.Gnak by Kang.D autumn/winter 11/12 show today and it did not disappoint. With tailoring taken to a whole new level, the runway was showcasing pieces that have given the classic suit a contemporary twist, filled with tweeds and unfinished hems; this collection was a combination of British influence with an East Asian twist.
Designer Dong Jun Kang launched the label back in 2006 and this is the brand’s second show at London Fashion Week. With the show given the name ‘Cracks’, the collection is inspired by the pain and sorrow of separation and the clothes reflect this by the use of a colour scheme filled with browns, beige and yellow tones. Fabrics included wool, corduroy and mesh fabrics “which express the sorrow of parting by means of some rougher textures”.
Pieces featured for this collection included blazers, shirts, trousers and capes – all of which wouldn’t look out of place off the catwalk, the designs are wearable yet still giving that quirky edge – even the daring pieces, such as the all-in-one suit are fully wearable for the man with a bolder style. This gives the collection uniqueness, as many of the pieces you see on the runway are not for everyday wear, but these designs are perfect for just that.
As quoted from the show’s press release “the garments all feature interesting fine tailoring techniques and finishings which are signatures of the D.Gnak brand, resulting in unique cuts mixed with quirky elements and raw edges” – these finishing touches included frayed edges, jackets that look like a ‘suit within a suit’ and collars with fur sprouting out of the edges – all of these elements gave each individual piece something different, yet they all worked well when put together for the end walk.
Dong Jun Kang has managed to produce some beautiful work and I think that he deserves much success, the industry should watch out for this one as I have a feeling he is going to produce some more amazing work in the seasons to come.