“Elevate; go not to pieces.” Ji Oh’s demure but powerful message was definitely conveyed in her Fall/Winter 2016 Presentation, which marked a moment of metamorphosis for her eponymous brand. Oh elevated her traditionally sleek and rakish style with cool furs and knits. As each model entered and then exited the stage from one of many doors in the ephemeral mint-green backdrop, a new model simultaneously appeared. A cycle of rebirth was created. The same cycle was mirrored in her clothing. Gone was the marred and tough city-inspired denims from last season and in its place a rejuvenation of chicness and luminosity.
From pastel mauve to olive green and then bright yellow, colors stole the show in a whole new way for Ji Oh. Textures also stood out as fuzzy yellow stripes were added to slouchy turtleneck sweaters and fur marked the trim of tailored off-shoulder tops. Remaining to tie her pieces together were her famous exaggerated cuts and decisively androgynous style along with her signature footwear style: gender-neutral flats.
Simple makeup and glossy eyelids were a fresh compliment to the multitude of details and materials explored in her clothing. Oh also captured the trend of circle-shaped jewelry and her silver geometric designs furthered a sense of lightness and elevation. New simplicity was mixed with remnants of urban chic. Going against the grain in the prettiest way, Ji Oh defied not only what is typically expected of her style but also expectations of Fall fashion.