FASHION NEWS: XIMON LEE IS FIRST U.S. MENSWEAR DESIGNER TO RECEIVE H&M DESIGN AWARD
H&M has chosen its 2015 Design Award recipient: up-and-coming Hong Kong native turned New Yorker, Ximon Lee, a 24-year old Parsons School of Design (New York) graduate. The talented young designer has been chosen among many others by a panel of prestigious judges ranging from independent critics to creative directors. Lee becomes the first U.S. and menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award today along with showing a winning collection in Fashion Week Stockholm.
His collection is created with layers of organic and synthetic textures, including plastic and cardboard, to form extravagant looks that move outward from the body. These fresh silhouettes elevate menswear creativity in garment cut and shape. His key inspiration stems from Children of Leningradsky, a Russian documentary, which also propelled Lee to travel to Russia to create his personal mood boards for the collection. H&M’s Head of Design, Ann-Sofie Johansson describes his distinct style as “contemporary [with a] poetic mood” with its great attention to detail and technique deployed.
His dedication does not fail him for he wowed a star-studded judge panel that included: Lily Allen; Luella Bartley (Marc by Marc Jacobs); Lucinda Chambers (British Vogue); Paula Goldstein di Principle (H&M); Tommy Ton; Justin O’Shea (MyTheresa.com); Ann-Sofie Johansson (H&M); Margareta van den Bosch (H&M); and Angelo Flaccavento.
“It’s very street, it’s very art-inspired, it’s very architectural, and it’s very individual, but at the same time the collection is approachable because you can see the story and history behind everything that Ximon Lee does. There is a lot of promise in him. We all saw that and we felt unanimously that he was the front runner,” says Tommy Ton.
Ximon expresses his stun when he was announced the victor, but he hopes that this award and his career will help him move beyond menswear and extend into womenswear as well. He receives a €50,000 to contribute towards his collection for H&M, which will debut in store and online later this fall.