Eudon Choi Resort 2022 Collection
This resort season, many designers are gearing up for the long-awaited summer vacation with clothes as light and bright as their intended destinations. (After a year at home, it’s encouraging to see clothes you could wear at an actual beach resort, you know.) Despite the imagined trips of Eudon Choi’s collections over the past year, taking her client in such remote and exotic places as the Swiss Alps, the Amalfi Coast and Bhutan – this time around, he’s made an unexpected pivot to something more rooted in the earth.
The dusty khakis, sunburnt yellows and slate grays of this season speak of the main inspiration for Choi, who was not a destination but an artist: specifically Ana Mendieta, the Cuban-American performance artist whose Distinctive work throughout the 1970s merged body art with land art. Mendieta’s “earth-body” interventions – which saw her immerse herself in nature, leaving ritual traces of her body’s topography in snow, mud or stones – were Choi’s starting point. . “Nature was the keyword this season,” he said. It emerged literally through the wide range of organic wools and cottons; traceable and ethically sourced cashmere; and natural fibers that he chose to use. “These are baby steps,” Choi said. “I was hesitant to talk about it because I don’t claim to be entirely sustainable, of course; we’re just trying to be more aware of our fabric choices.
Choi’s inspiration may be a little more cerebral than the whimsical takeoffs of his past seasons, but as usual, that translated into clothes that combine functionality with directional flair. Traces of her irrepressible desire to travel emerge in the collection’s prints, which feature touches of hibiscus pink and buttercup flowers. A series of bodycon, fitted knit dresses with fringed skirts carry a conspicuously luxurious weight, while heavy cotton tops and dresses feature Choi’s signature fabric ruching and ropes that allow the wearer to switch from a oversized to an artfully arched with a slight tug. . Trench coats and bags look especially gorgeous with guipure lace panels sewn to mimic crochet. It’s Choi’s ability to strike a balance between disparate elements that impresses, even as he opens a more thoughtful new chapter for his brand.