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GQ China presented XIMONLEE at London Fashion Week Men's for AW17. An ongoing collaboration for GQ China and LFWM, Ximon Lee joined an ever growing list of Chinese menswear brands to showcase their collections internationally. This collaboration highlights the importance of Chinese menswear in the global arena, as well as putting London at the heart of men’s fashion.

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Ximon Lee, a Berlin-based, Chinese born Korean designer, graduated from Parsons with the Best Menswear Designer Award in 2014. He was the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award in 2015 which spurred him to create his own line XIMONLEE. So yes, we can expect good things from this AW17 collection.

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Ximon approaches each season as a study, his AW17 collection was his third, named ‘Shame’. He started with the Chinese symbol of ‘shame’, which is a combination of the ‘beauty’ and ‘ugly’ Chinese symbols - this lending itself to the exploration of the lines between the conscious and unconscious.  This title also plays on material memories, whether the models are covered with tapered corsets hiding the body or more revealing cut away designs.

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A mixture of beaded embellishments, harnesses and cut out designs were walked down the runway for this collection. Made from velvet, sheer and leather materials in a colour palette of grey, black, dark green and rust, the clothing had a truly wintry feel.

This AW17 collection from Ximon Lee was a much anticipated one, and one that didn’t disappoint.

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Words: Andrea McCaul | Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Amie Charlot | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot