Parsons graduate Ximon Lee, the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award, has created a special eight-piece collection for H&M that celebrates his passion for structure, fabric and volume. Ximon envisions his pieces will be worn by both men and women and the collection will be available at the Causeway Bay global flagship store from October 30.
Ximon has worked closely with the H&M design team to recreate the complex bonded fabrics that captivated the international jury, whose members included designer Luella Bartley and singer Lily Allen, in London last year. The collection is made up of eight key pieces that can either be worn as a full look or styled together in their own way. It captures the themes of denim and embroidery, which are key elements in Ximon’s designs and together they present his vision for the future of menswear.“I am thrilled with Ximon’s collection for H&M. His bonded fabrics and structured shapes are really exciting, and show exactly why Ximon won the H&M Design Award,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.
In a heavy twill denim jacket and a pair of wide shorts, Ximon used a layer of foam that sits between two layers of denim to create the oversized silhouette. A cotton top is printed with oversized denim rib and a pair of denim trousers with chunky zips is embroidered with blue shiny thread. There are leggings made of jersey with a denim feel and a jacquard-knit jumper that’s all-over printed with the effect of gigantic ribbing.
Ximon is the fourth winner of the H&M Design Award, an annual prize that was founded to support and encourage graduating designers at the very beginning of their careers. In addition to developing his collection for H&M, Ximon also received a prize sum of €50,000 and his own show at Fashion Week in Stockholm, January 2015. Ximon is now in the process of setting up his own label and continuing his career within fashion.
“I had such a great time creating this collection for H&M. They have been so respectful, and have found the perfect ways to recreate my pieces. I can’t wait to see it in stores,” says Ximon Lee, winner of the H&M Design Award 2015.