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Heohwan Simulation: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Catwalk Review

Korean designer Hwan Heo once again proved why he is a worthy recipient of the Fashion Scout Merit Award, showing at Freemasons' Hall on Monday 18th February 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Chloe Douglass
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Chloe Douglass.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Korean RCA graduate Hwan Heo since he won the Fashion Scout Merit Award a year ago, and for his third showing at Freemasons’ Hall he built on the beautiful structured minimalism for which his label Heohwan Simulation is known.

Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Isher Dhiman
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Isher Dhiman.

The show opened with a stunning oversized skirt and jacket combination in a beautiful grey fabric, it’s boxy panels layered like petals on a giant metallic flower. This was teamed with a long petrol blue shirt, the simplest of swept back ponytails and panel fronted hi-heeled sandals, creating a look that was pure Heohwan Simulation; simple, brilliantly executed and utterly unique. With the following looks he explored this new layering technique in an A-line skirt and dress, and a wide collared coat. Hwan Heo‘s obsession with the design potential of zips is never far away and this season they were subtlety integrated into all his garments, part functional and part decorative.

Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Sarah Underwood
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Sarah Underwood.

The middle part of the collection was dominated by more casual looks, with his round shouldered tops given the sweatshirt treatment, and the addition of abstract rectangular panels in shiny white and blue fabric, which ran top to bottom or slanting across the chest. A painterly collage print containing zingy splashes of turquoise and yellow was splashed across trousers, shirt and blouson jacket. After the relaxed layering of sportswear influenced designs Hwan Heo returned to more tailored shapes with a gorgeous parade of leather panelled outfits. The finale featured three outstanding outfits in a grey horizontal ikat design. How I would love a double breasted coat with winged neck, or a high necked Heohwan Simulation cape…

Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Isher Dhiman
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 by Isher Dhiman.

Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation AW 2013-photo by Amelia Gregory
Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

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