On September 10th, 2018 at the The Refectory located at The Highline Hotel, NYC, Moon Choi unveiled her SS19 “Specimen 19” collection.
Named after Choi’s ‘Considered Study of Materials’, the result is immaculately tailored garments. Choi’s gender fluid pieces consist of relaxed outerwear, and beautifully constructed gender neutral shirts and jumpsuits. Choi tells me, “I always try to blend the boundaries between masculinity and femininity, as clothes shouldn’t be defined by gender. I like to create pieces and let people decide how they want to wear them.”
SS19 for Choi focuses on drape detailing and uses silk in the form of elegant tailoring, with ruched construction, the outcome is a fresh take on textured suiting. Choi adds, “This presentation is based around the form of a, Cabinet of Curiosities” Choi tells me. The installment shows us how each piece can be worn with both men and women standing next to each other in the same pieces, styled differently to create two completely different looks. This season Moon Choi is also debuting her custom resin jewelry that has been inspired by Aalto Vase, which can be styled as either women’s earrings or men’s brooches.
Choi has also added vintage inspired dresses, with a high slit, balanced out with a high neck, in a silk fabrication. Choi plays with the color palate of olives, lemons and lilacs, which sees her leaning to a more feminine and sensual aesthetic than her previous creations. In a time of the powerful rise of women’s strength and push for gender equality, this collection has never been more relevant and powerful. With pieces that can be worn from day to night, Choi has perfectly balanced both masculine and femininity, and shown how one compliments the other, and the acknowledgment that one cannot live without the other.
Moon Choi is an incredible example of how feminine and strong the pieces can be on females yet equally powerful and masculine on men. The execution of blurring the boundaries of masculine and feminine tailoring has never looked so chic.
All Moon Choi collection photos by: Joss McKinley