Like a Twilight Zone daydream humming away in the backs of our minds, Starsica walked a surreal line for SS19. Designer Ike Seungik Lee’s collection was a strange cocktail of synthetic and distorted retoesque glamour.
It was a beautiful and compelling collection and the models enjoyed themselves clicking away to cool jazz. Charming indeed, but still hypnotic, as Lee explored how fashion is defined and invented through the prisms of television and social media.
Like the perfect wardrobe for a surreal cocktail party there were dramatically cut shoulders and sleeves. Amongst floating multi-tiered dresses of serene pastels and tropic prints, occasionally a shot of plastic appeared.
One standout was a plastic coat covered with sticker images in the Fornasetti style of Roman busts.
Lee didn’t censor his imagination, nor its media memories. Rather, it was an interesting play on tensions; with exaggerated The Jetsons-like dresses and dollops of irresistible accessories, including funky handbags and earrings.
As models wafted down the runway in these exaggerated silhouettes one wondered had Lee indulged in some brightly coloured “mother’s little helpers”? Indeed, Lee is the perfect enabler for our fashion addictions, and with so many sumptuous dresses, don’t expect him to wake us if we OD.
Words: Catherine Caines | Fashion Week Press
Images: Simon Armstrong