Seoul's Pioneering Irony Porn(o)

Irony Porn(o)Although menswear collections continue to fight for attention at London Fashion Week, the same certainly cannot be said for Seoul. The advancing fashion energy in South Korea’s thriving capital has produced a wave of raw and talented menswear designers who are changing the rules of the game. Among these standout figures is former graphic designer Han Dong Woo, who’s commanding global audiences with the propulsive aesthetic of his label Irony Porn(o).

To Dong Woo, sex is clothing—or, more specifically: “sex is like a well-dressed suit.” As part of the Generation Next collective, Irony Porn(o) resurrected the gallant ideal for spring/summer ‘12. He delivers the classic three-piece suit in a tight modern check of black, white and gray. Subtle details like bright white buttons bring energy to the single button blazer and button-down vest. Trousers are tapered at the ankle and masked by a voluminous skirt with wide pleats, which produces a soft and charming look overall. The Irony Pornocontoured menswear vest is one of Dong Woo’s many strengths and is often created out of an amalgamation of layered fabrics. In the s/s ’12 collection, a simple charcoal vest was given additional shape by dark black cut-out lapels sewn into the shoulders and obliques.

Pioneering androgyny, Irony Porn(o)’s tailored concoctions are interlaced with feminine nuances that never compromise his patron’s virility. The man-skirt was a dominant trend seen throughout Seoul Fashion Week, and Dong Woo featured a pants hybrid seen with the suit or a pseudo skirt. Black fabrics forge into wide culottes and pinstripes descended towards the knees and gathered amass, creating an illusion of the skirt. He also presented the semblance of a dress: the crisp white shirt was stretched past the knees and simply paired with single button vest. Meanwhile, fluid, relaxed jackets are drawn into the waist like a Korean dopo, held in place by black metal chain-belts.




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