Yup, stepping away from the norm, H&M have awarded menswear designer Ximon Lee their prestigious H&M Design Award. Congrats!
The 24 year old is the first menswear designer to ever be awarded the prize as well as the first US citizen to recieve the honour.
Now in its fourth year, the H&M Design Award selects eight designers from all over the globe to present a collection to the jury. Which this year included Lily Allen, MBMJ designer Luella Bartley and street-style photography legend, Tommy Ton.
The lucky winner receives €50,000 and the opportunity to develop pieces from their collection to be sold in H&M stores and on the H&M website. Not too shabby.
So what was Lee’s winning collection like? Well, let’s just say it’s not the most wearable. Inspired by a documentary about homeless children in post-Soviet Moscow, Lee’s silhouettes are super exaggerated and use materials like plastic and cardboard in some of the pieces. We’re not sure we’re sold, so what does the designer himself have to say? “My collection was designed as menswear but I’m excited to see it also worn by women…the award means so much to me at the beginning of my career – I cannot imagine how I’d start my own label without it.”
Ok, he seems super nice. And we’ve got a whole new menswear collection to add to our designer lust lists. We’re back on board!
By George Driver