To display his collection for Spring/Summer 2013 as part of London Fashion Week’s official calendar, Choi opted for an intimate salon show. With the title ‘Space Oddity’, the range of garments combined influences from science fiction and films, namely Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) and Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’ (1966), and investigated the romantic take on futurism as engendered by 1960s popular cultural interpretations of what the twenty-first century would look like.
Minimalist and clean lines were emphasised by full silhouettes while including signature contrasting fabric blocks of textures and colours. In addition, iridescent culottes with a sporty feel contrasted with elegant patent leather raincoats updated with dimpled lurex and exaggerated box cut tees adorned with bold geometric beading. Neoprene skirts featured in a variety of colour comonations, and a knee-length white patent leather dress was chequered to the waist with florescent orange disks. White was a prevalent hue in garments such as a cocoon coat and a dress in a textured three-dimensional mesh, and cobalt blue could be seen in cigarette trousers and in the trims of wrap skirts and dresses. A range of Perspex heeled shoes designed in collaboration with Joanne Stoker added a sci-fi feel to the collection.
For The Style Examiner, this was one of the strongest collections shown during the inaugural day of London Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013. Ultimately, there was nothing of the oddity about the collection. In fact, a small and wondrous odyssey was witnessed and lauded by those present.