《i-D》日前專訪了 24 歲的年輕設計師 Ximon Lee。作為第一個贏得 H&M 設計大獎的男裝設計師，Ximon Lee 通過天馬行空的創意廓形剪綵、和對古典著裝與未來時裝的極致混合讓業界眼前一亮，其個人品牌 2015 秋冬系列也在前不久宣佈第一次向公眾發售。採訪中，Ximon 大談自己走上服裝設計道路的經歷及如何定義自己的設計師身份；同時也就「Unisex」服裝發表了自己的看法。感興趣的朋友可以點擊此處閱讀專訪完整內容。
How has where you’ve grown up influenced your aesthetic as a designer?
Where you grow up, what language you speak, what kind of practice you uphold in an environment — those things influence everything you do. My worldview, my sense of values, everything is based in the culture I grew up in. When I speak to you, I might think in a different way than anybody else. I might mix three languages together to express myself and my emotions, and I think that’s important.
When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
I took a summer class in which I was exposed to all the different fashion construction techniques for the first time. When I came to New York I was very sure that I would do graphic design. But learning about construction and textiles was not what I thought it would be. It was like transforming an idea from a sheet of paper into a three-dimensional product. That was the moment when I realized that fashion is more involved. Like architecture, you’re building something. You can touch and feel your work, and see it moving.
Your collections have been defined as menswear, but you closed your H&M show in Stockholm with a woman. Why is it important for you to design for both genders?
I don’t believe in the idea of unisex. It’s such a blurred concept and you can’t focus when you say, “I’m doing unisex [clothing], for both men and women.” My focus was on menswear but I think that when you have great work, it gravitates towards both genders. When it’s on the rack, in a store in London or Hong Kong, it doesn’t categorize itself as menswear or womenswear. If a girl loves a menswear jacket, and she wants to wear it, it becomes womenswear.