• Text Clementine Zawadzki
  • 18th July 2015

Reflective

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps this ability to see beauty never grows old,” the words of Franz Kafka permeated throughout Siki Im’s SS16 collection, to demonstrate the nurtured and evolved ethos of this forward-thinking brand.

Attached to memory and the human condition, Im’s study of architecture binds garments that are structured to be undone, and rely on the ease of carefully executed fine details. Oversized shirts, wide cuffs, long-shirts with square trains, and cloth draped across the neckline, belted with string, charms and key chains, there was something almost childlike about these pieces.

Youth Museum, Im’s Instagram account overflows with images of modernist, graphite buildings and of skaters hanging out along embankments and concrete parks. The laconic ideal of what society presents as modern, or indeed, youthful, is something that Im has captured and transformed. Oversized, open pockets, long hemlines, were then juxtaposed against cropped, frayed jackets, cut-off shorts, and sweaters with exposed zip details. The palettes only rule was to be bold – even soft greys made a statement amidst dark denim, hot pink, and a beautiful orange floral motif against a white canvas on tailored wear and a billowing shirt.

The incorporation of Den Im paid off in creating a casual, wearable and interchangeable collection for this season. The only convention Siki Im signed up for was to retain wonder, with his untried and intriguing design doing just the same.