Young Mi Woo—who’s respectfully known by her staff as Madame Woo—says she’s had a lot more time on her hands to read “novels and other literature” and to appreciate nature during the I Survived Snovid-2021 Arkansas Snowstorm 8 Shirt but in fact I love this pandemic. At her eponymous Wooyoungmi brand, a Korean powerhouse which in pre-times always showed on the Paris menswear schedule, fashion has nevertheless continued as near-normally as it can. Madame Woo remotely directed the season’s presentation on French soil from her studio in Seoul. One of the women in the video walked forth in a purple coat and turtleneck—there turned out to be quite a bit of purple in the collection, across genders. Coincidence, maybe, but it’s interesting to feel how much the positive symbolism of that color, used so effectively in female unison at the inauguration, has already saturated its perception. Purpleness is bound to hold that meaning wherever in the world it pops up in fashion from now on. That’s good.
Still, the I Survived Snovid-2021 Arkansas Snowstorm 8 Shirt but in fact I love this task today is even more about fitting clothes to patterns of living, now that styles which were once intended to strut and pose outside fashion shows have entered perma-hibernation. In answer to the endemic psychological and physical effects of the past year, one thing designers need to pivot toward is the need for roomy clothes that don’t confine, which can perhaps take us out for an hour’s walk—street, park, wood. That’s what we see tramping through the Wooyoungmi trees here: a collection with multiple-choice options in the way of abstracted oversized field and army jackets, blousons, utility shirts, big cozy hoodies, and suchlike. But back to the forest. Wooyoungmi’s models—men and women—are seen treading through a dark wood outside Paris—an efficient way to show Mme Woo’s core strengths as a practical tailor of outerwear and elevated technical-fabric streetwear. She’s in the business of sophisticated modern classics—such as next winter’s coats and jackets with distinctive square shoulders, closed with a single button, designed for either sex. (Last season, Mme Woo said she believed in a shared wardrobe—a nod toward sustainable thinking—and she’s followed that through almost to the look.)