By Ross Pollard Emerging Designers Editor
Johan Ku made his London debut last year after many years of the Taiwan based designer making Tokyo his runway home, after such a successful first time there was great expectation and Johan didn’t disappoint.
His trademark sculptural knits brought with them a powerful statement built in the textured fibres. These were looks that screamed statement, here I am, but as ever tempered against the sense of classical and chic the designer has made as much a part of his narrative as the heft of his designs.
But make no mistake, it isn’t solely wool Ku is adept with, the lighter fabrics and prints carried as much emphasis as the knitwear. The collection widened out into an extremely wearable lesson in monochrome, the shirts, trousers and jackets radiated a sense of futurism and purpose, at the same time stark and utilitarian but softened by textile choices and floating lightness.
The unisex collection was on of the Taiwanese designers best yet, and London really should be proud they’ve secured a place in the plans of this most talented of designers.
Photos by Chris Yates Media