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Beyond Closet S/S11

The Seoul-based designer mixed traditional English and American fashion with a distinctive Korean styling for his Spring Summer collection

Impressing straight away with his structured and eloquent fabrics choices, Beyond Closet designer Tae Yong continued the Korean love affair with dandyism, but added elements of Americana to his Spring Summer show. Yong presented casual baseball caps and used the typical US university logo font for his BC engraved elbow patches.

Focused on coats, Beyond Closet showed an array of single and double-breasted versions, many of which were over sized. Tae also took the sleeves of a few tailored pieces, and almost all models came out in classic brogues. As such Yong played with out conception of both traditional English and American clothing, but the collection was elegantly made ‘Korean’, partly by models wearing coats and jackets as capes, a typical local way of dressing.

Dazed Digital: What was the general idea behind the show?
Beyond Closet: I was looking back to my childhood for inspiration and I watched a film called Nicola.

DD: What do you mean by ‘childhood’?
Beyond Closet: It was about a boy wearing clothes from his father’s wardrobe, that’s why a few of them were over sized.

DD: Tell us about the fabrics you used
Beyond Closet: Normal cottons and summer wools, but I also used fabrics in a vintage wash.

DD: Was there a piece in the collection that you were particularly happy with?
Beyond Closet: The boxy jacket with drop shoulder!