Categories FashionPosted on

Heohwan Simulation: Recent History, Future Classics

SEEN is a huge admirer of Korean-born designer Hwan Heo of Heohwan Simulation. The remarkable womenswear label draws on Hwan Heo’s experimental artwork and geopolitical aestheticism, to create a redefinition of history and fashion.

Hwan Heo became a fashion designer 15 years ago. Passionate about innovation in design, he was inspired by the renowned doyen of modern architecture, Le Corbusier. In his collections, Hwan juxtaposes his love of the traditional fabrics found in menswear, but with colour and textures that give his clothes a more feminine slant.

Citing his father as an early fashion influence, he admits to being challenged by the need to combine creativity with commerce, using hard analytical skills to divide his collections into commercial pieces and show pieces. He studied in London at the Royal College of Art, and cites the fast pace and momentum of street life here as an inspiration for his creative process. Standing on the roof of the London College of Fashion and observing the flow of people around Oxford Circus, Hwan was drawn to dynamic movement rather than static images. He sees London as always in the pursuit of the ‘new’, and responsive to a strong visual stimulus.

Heohwan Simulation’s 10th collection is inspired by the Berlin Wall, and its fall in 1989. The clothes seek to create a fusion between East and West Berlin. Influenced by the cyberpunk bands photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans – who spoke recently against the Brexit vote – Hwan also draws his colour palette from the German flag and graffiti from the Berlin Wall itself, using fabric such as denim, fur and neoprene in black, red and green with blue and orange as accents.

The innovative combination of these colours and fabrics recreates the sprit of 1989 in a playful and fresh way. The resulting long silhouettes with ruffles and tailored trousers, reinvent a sporty aesthetic when teamed with oversized bomber jackets, dresses with fur and trenchcoats with denim. This is what elevates Heohwan Simulation above the quotidian symbols of so much modern fashion; Hwan’s thoughtful analysis of recent history makes him a major player in the creation of future classics.

Seen this week

Categories MusicPosted on

Prep release new single and play Islington Assembly Hall this Sunday

Well, if this isn’t the sound of the summer, SEEN doesn’t know what is – PREP have aired the new video for ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, the first single to arrive from their forthcoming EP ‘Cold Fire’, due out in April 2018. Directed by Tuixen Benet (also behind the choreography for Tame Impala’s ‘The Less …

Categories Food&DrinkPosted on

Enjoy the Feast of St. Patrick with with a Midleton Very Rare Champagne Cocktail at Corrigan’s of Mayfair

Londoners will know how enthusiastically the city enjoys St. Patrick’s Day. For a different and very luxurious experience of this auspicious day, you might want to try a trip to one of (Irishman born and bred), Richard Corrigan’s restaurants, particularly Corrigan’s Mayfair who will be hosting a full-day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish …

Categories ArtPosted on

Art on a Postcard Presents their Secret Auction at The Other Art Fair

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we just love the charitable initiatives set up by Art on a Postcard. They bring art lovers (and it must be said, auction-lovers) together for the support of the Hepatitis C Trust, which is dedicated to raising awareness, ending discrimination and being a hub for information and representation …

Categories MusicPosted on

Unflinching: Jenny Wilson releases Lo’ Hi’

SEEN is fascinated by the discomfiting yet necessary vision of Jenny Wilson who has released a new single LO’ HI’, the latest track to emerge from her forthcoming album 
‘EXORCISM’, due for UK release on April 20, 2018 via Gold Medal Recordings. Having previously collaborated with contemporaries including Robyn and The Knife (to whose Rabid …

Categories ArchitecturePosted on

László Moholy-Nagy at The Isokon Gallery

The Isokon building in Hampstead has been home to many creative people: Agatha Christie, Nicholas Monsarrat, Adrian Stokes and, of course, leading lights in the Bauhaus movement, three of whom, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy are to be honoured with a Blue Plaque, courtesy of English heritage. There is no better time to …

Categories Food&DrinkPosted on

Asian Cuisine and South American Fire at Avenue

Never mind the snow, SEEN doesn’t let severe weather warnings come between her and the discovery of a new dining concept. Thus it was that I minced carefully down to the old-school London environs of St James, yet another of those areas in the capital that shows us another side of the city. St James …