XIMONLEE presents the fall winter 2023 show in Paris.
Like the wild hyacinth flower which on the hills is found, Which the passing feet of the shepherds forever tear and wound, Until the purple blossom is trodden into the ground.Sappho
The inspiration behind this collection grew from the idea of a resilient, defensive, and self-protective character—an aesthetic of armor and navigation in an increasingly hostile and weathering environment. The classic military and leather biker looks – as well as more fantastical sources such as the heroine of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – serve as inspirational figures to construct a subtle rendering of a contemporary romantic fighter.
The season’s silhouettes emphasize a kind of warped rigidity and a contrast between sternness and recklessness. Chunky forearms and calves illustrate warrior-like outerwear, contrasting with other more body-fitted pieces. This season also marks a continuation of exploring gender neutrality within menswear.
The collection heavily focuses on the different layering, drapery, and folds from fabric languages and the contrast of different body volumes, such as the memory leather used in a blazer and biker jacket that creases like paper. Our signature hand-stitched crease work gives an illusion of accidental temporality, appearing on pants, tank top, overcoats, and jackets. This textural motif of gathering continues on accessories, such as the crossbody tote “bra bag” and arm sleeves.
This season also explores the potential of detachable pieces, such as detachable long coats and pants that transform into more dramatic, colossal and vertical silhouettes. Our signature chain lock design also appears on unisex skirts and long dresses with a range of constructed details.