Beyond Closet Spring/Summer 2014Posted on September 5, 2013 | by Khaleelah Logan
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Beyond Closet’s Gearing Up Your Muscles (G.Y.M.) by Tae Young took sporty sophistication to new heights. Designer Tae Young’s aesthetic of blending classic pieces with wit and unique individuality was magnified by the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The combination of the vivid yet subtle array of color paired with the elevating heart-pounding music brought life to the static menswear presentation.
In order to put a twist on the monotonous tones of fellow designers, Young’s color palette consisted of bold yet muted hues from all three members of the primary color family with a sharp contrast from the occasional pink or green piece. Deep navy, classic beige, burgundy, mustard, white, and black were all within the scheme. The colors were occasionally complemented by either a diamond, plaid, or checkered print. Combined, these colors and patterns gave life to bomber jackets, tassel loafers, jerseys, and paneled pants.
The athletic yet polished theme of the G.Y.M. collection was carried out expertly. Models donned in headbands and towels were strategically placed on and around gym equipment including: benches, weights, exercise balls, and other machinery. Their pants cuffed, and hoodie sleeves rolled up to emphasize the relaxed look. Although none of the models fit the bill of a gym rat, all of them, to some extent, exuded the personality. From their scowls to their buzzed heads, and their air of overconfidence, the models made onlookers regret their last meal.
Tae Young once again brought the casual lifestyle back to Fashion Week. As the youngest designer to debut at Seoul’s Fashion Week, he has become one of Asia’s top designers. From his “I Love Pets” collection to his “School Diary”, and now his “G.Y.M.” presentation; Young has maintained his recurring golfer meets schoolboy theme, but he manages to rejuvenate it each season pleasing consumers each time.
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