Kit Yam, the 22 year old Menswear designer from Hong Kong, asserts that for her graduate collection she ‘wanted to push the boundaries with the set rules that exist in menswear as well as in tailoring.’ The design process for her graduate collection began in Paris during her placement year. While interning for Louis Vuitton, Yam purchased a vintage jacket which she then deconstructed and used to experiment with draping techniques. This was the groundwork for future designs.
The Menswear designer finds herself intrigued by the mysterious and the abstract – two themes that intersect perfectly in her graduate collection narrative. Her design narrative tells the story of a city-dwelling businessman from the future – 2084 to be exact. Each look in the lineup represents a scenario in his daily life, physically communicated through the use of distinctive waistlines, structured shoulders and strategically placed cut-out details. Yam seeks to create ‘delicate garments that men will wish to wear,’ rather than non-wearable, abstract structures. She describes her design practice as utilising her sensitivity to ‘redefine beauty and mystery in menswear and tailoring.’ Yam’s graduate collection of unexpected silhouettes and opulent fabrics envisions a compelling future for menswear.
Jamison Kent, BA Fashion Journalism