Where does the fashion world stand on skirts for men?
It’s a question that arises every once in a while when, say, Marc Jacobs throws some tunics onto a runway and some newspapers seize opportunity for sensationalist headlines about skirts for men being in. But they’re never really “in”. It’s usually Paris’ avant grade designers that fill their runways with deconstructed layers with long-line silhouettes, catering to a less mainstream crowd of rebellious tunic-wearers. I was thinking about all this during Songzio’s fall / winter 2014 show, which found a happy medium between a type of garment (shorts) and their silhouette (skirt-like). Songzio went for culottes, borrowing a feminine shape but retaining masculinity by definition. Songzio’s shapes seem to borrow from Korean traditional dress and deliver to a modern crowd.
But enough about the shapes. Songzio did more for fall that was worthy of note, namely using technical skill to create unique textures. As the backdrop of the runway attested – it was a large faux rock wall – he was inspired by rocks in nature, managing to turn this idea into embossed three dimensional patterns on leather and molten metallics. The metallics kept the collection of mostly black alive: in all this was his strength on display, bold silhouettes, rough yet refined textures, and an understated richness his clientele will happily feast upon.
You can see all of the Songzio autumn (fall) / winter 2014 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree