First aquainted with the collection during London Fashion Week Men's in January, Candid's Thomas Falkenstedt now takes a closer look at the ever-so-talented Jackie Lee and her brand J JS Lee. The J JS Lee man is the modern gentleman; he is considered with a sense of humour, he appreciates classic tailoring techniques updated with contemporary details to create an effortless look.
Let's start by taking a look at one of the most beautiful videos for a campaign ever, published during London Fashion Week Men's in January, J JS Lee's first ever men's collection.
Absolutely stunning, right? Having nodded towards masculinity – or as I prefer it: an androgynous take on fashion – before, this is her first collection directed towards men. Created around the deconstruction of the jumpsuit and taking detailing from a vintage military Air Force jacket, the collection is designed for versatility and functionality with a contemporary take on British tailoring.
Being new to many of our male readers, Jackie Lee deserves a proper introduction. J JS Lee is by Jackie JS Lee who was born in Seoul, South Korea. She came to London to take the Postgraduate Pattern Course at Central Saint Martins in 2007. After two years of working as a pattern cutter at Kisa London she went back to study at Central Saint Martins for her MA degree.
Her MA Graduate Collection in 2010 received much positive press and buyer attention, and also was rewarded the revered Harrods Award; with her collection being housed in the window of the Knightsbridge Department Store. In March that same year, she launched her eponymous label, J JS Lee featuring sleek and chic androgynous tailored pieces.
Her vision for creating a label which has defined a modern woman who is concerned with looking sharp in a uniquely feminine way now also hosts a collection for men who want to push the boundaries of fashion when it comes to silhouettes, materials and the definition of genderbound fashion itself.
Materials in the collection: wool, mohair and jersey sit alongside cotton twills and washed poplins in a colour palette of charcoal grey and navy, stone, pale gold and burgundy. Playing with proportions, the collection is a journey into self-discovery as well as questioning your own style.
A lot of men, me included, are afraid to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to fashion, but let us hope that J JS Lee changes that.
Take a look at the J JS Lee collection over at their website.
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