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Son Jung Wan Spring/Summer 2016

By Ariana DiValentino, Contributing Writer

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Ariana DiValentino

With a flurry of frothy pastel metallic parading the runway, Son Jung Wan held consistent to their typical spring aesthetic with soft, delicate, and billowing men’s and womenswear. The Spring/Summer 2016 collection, investing heavily in color, shine, and textured sequin detailing reminiscent of underwater biology, pumped life into an otherwise polished, high tea sensibility.

Wide, airy shift dresses and A-line strapless cocktail dresses formed the basis of the collection, but the most adept plays on structure were those which deviated from the extra-billowy silhouette. The standout pieces were those which featured wide skirts but shapely waists, such as one particular piece in light material featuring a loosely gathered midsection and prominent front zipper.

Cream, bronze, and powder pink opened the collection, with heavy accents of bright metallic turquoise, and wearable, if unexpected, vaguely nautical slate blue-and-white stripes.

Pieces featuring intense color, shine, and asymmetry (of which there were many) hinted towards the 80s, though contemporary shapes provided balance; meanwhile menswear pieces leaned to the 60s with unmistakably psychedelic polish, from pastel tunics and gold shorts down to holographic sandals.

Fine details heightened the generally loose and often bright pieces. Female models wore metallic halo headbands around twisted updos, along with reflective silver chunky heels. Ultimately the collection’s delicate, shimmering sensibility offered nothing atypical for the season, however, Son Jung Wan reaffirmed their strengths in bold use of color and deconstruction.

Ariana DiValentino is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]

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