Mood board: Eudon Choi has an affinity for architecture. Last season, the Korean-born designer looked to the work of modernist architect Adolf Loos, and for S/S 2018, he was inspired by Eileen Gray’s E-1027 villa (1926-1929). The modernist villa on the southeastern coast of France boasted an angular white and blue façade which extended into the sea, functional furniture fitted within its interior and, among other interior touches, a Gray-designed rug with circular geometric details, as well as a colourful mural by Le Corbusier (the architect famously defiled the house with graffiti in 1930). A series of striped looks in Choi’s collection nodded to the seaside location of the house, while dresses took a nautical turn, with undulating sleeves, and blue and white scarves tied like sashes across the chest. Clean tailoring touched on Gray’s modernist perspective, and a deft blend of natural and bold hues harked back to the tones of her famed home.
Best in show: Gray advocated the sensuality of the home, and believe it should function as a ‘living organism’. This natural focus was emphasised in a selection of ruffle-detail dresses, shirts with curving cloud-shaped sleeves, frilled mules and button-up dresses with tendril-like flowing straps.
Team work: This was the second season that Choi collaborated with bag brand Decke on a selection of accessories. Bags crafted from colourful concentric circles of leather, evoked the curving details seen in Gray’s rugs. Designs resembling sunhats and lengths of fishing net nodded to the house’s seaside location. Choi also collaborated with the New York-based jewellery designer Chris Habana on a selection of oversized circular earrings, which like Gray’s modular furniture can be worn in different ways on the ear. These were inspired by the ‘E1027 Adjustable Table’, a minimalist and functional design crafted from glass and chromium plated tubular steel.