Fashion
  • Text Aïsha Diomandé
  • Photography Fabien Kruszelnicki
  • 18th July 2017

By combining the discipline of architecture with the demands of fashion, Cornerstone – the brainchild of designer Sun Yun – showed its first menswear collection at Shanghai Fashion Week, and merged the contemporary with the traditional.

Regeneration is the essential driving force behind Cornerstone, breathing new life into antique Chinese designs and fabrics. In refining the vast selection of historic sartorial reference, Yun demonstrates a keen eye towards form and structure, deftly crafting timeless pieces that transcend static trends.

The experimental element of the collection expressed itself through deconstructed military uniforms, providing a rigid but sleek silhouette embodying a certain kind of elegance. Alongside the classic menswear staples, Yun took an interesting turn with the use of patterns, bold coats featured three-dimensional stripes, illustrating the acute attention to shape and detail. A certain heaviness pervaded the collection, the minimalistic pieces commanded a strong presence against the cold great surroundings of a disused Shanghai Art Deco abattoir. 

The young brand’s developing identity reveals an aesthetic that embraces the beauty of an ancient culture, whilst projecting its vision into the future.