Hyun Mi Nielsen Fall 2017 Couture. When a disciple of Lee McQueen and Balenciaga alumna presented a couture to an accessible space.
Paris Haute Couture Week has come and gone for another season. And with it, we welcome to some of the brightest fashion we get to see all year. Including Hyun Mi Nielsen, a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Design, who already has a solid résumé. She worked many years with the biggest stars of the fashion industry before she launch her own label. Lee McQueen handpicked her for his team where she worked as head of design under Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, and she went on to become Directrice de Studio at Givenchy and Balenciaga. She was one of six designers selected as guest members on the couture schedule last season, rare with a debut collection.
Upon the start of the Hyun Mi Nielsen’s second collection, we were faced with a woman at the intersection of romanticism and the modern world, reflecting upon the plight of contemporary fashion. With volume, Nielsen explores texture in parallel, picking vibrant and vivid colors. Sleeves are certainly happening, at times simple with exaggerated length, in other instances with large cutouts or totally sheer. What Nielsen did well was bring couture to an accessible space, not frightening the public with extraordinary, unattainable goods.
There were some very strong looks in this presentation, such as her vintage reworked denim dress and yellow trapeze dress with an over- dimensional leg-of-mutton sleeve. The juxtapositions of workwear and occasion make the collection both wearable and extraordinary. However, we found that couture may be facing a bit of competition with fast fashion in this presentation, there was a change in how the couture clothes were presented, or in other words there’s an inclination to make the couture looks more salable. Having said that, we love Hyun Mi Nielsen’s sexy, fun looks, and are always excited to see what she’ll come up with next.
See our exclusive backstage coverage from Hyun Mi Nielsen Fall 2017 Couture show below: