Thursday 9th July

| BY Paul Toner

Wooyoungmi: Menswear SS21

We know we speak for everyone when we say we’re itching to go out and dance. As pubs, shops and restaurants begin to resume business as usual, the clubbing industry stays pitch black. Yes, we can stay two metres apart in high street queues, and sit socially-distanced in cafes – but what is dancing without being able to touch? Wooyoungmi designer Youngmi Woo wanted to use the inaugural digital Paris Fashion Week as an opportunity to “express the momentum of our time through the medium of dance.” Serving as the brand’s second co-ed collection, Woo brought together a cohort of splendidly dressed dances and models to perform a collaborative number that felt almost therapeutic in a post-Corona world.

The collection itself looks to the rehearsal wardrobe of a dancer, morphed with a genderless vision popular on the streets of Seoul today. Roomy tailoring in muted hues – camel, pistachio, washed-out blue – reigned supreme. As doid swollen denim, cut with an expert hand to create the perfect pool at the ankle. Models wore bomber jackets adorned with single flowers and oversized tank-top dresses as they come arm to arm and nose to nose, often appearing as they’re too scared to touch. It was sombre, yet beautiful.