Edmund Ooi Spring 2016

Article by Alan Tam
Photo by Xue Liang

For his spring collection, Edmund Ooi was inspired by images of photographer Edgar Martins of the European Space Agency. “It’s all about space suits and finding a creative way to translate it to sportswear,” Ooi said backstage.

Being an extremely experimental designer, Edmund Ooi’s collection aesthetic was bordering on sexless. Knit tank tops with stretch detail created one-of-a-kind colorations, tailored jackets with reflective materials, and trousers and outerwear with elastic banded drawstrings added a sporty motif to the offering.

There were still quite a few pieces that looked righteously cool. A blazer with architecturally patterned black, grey, and red stripes would surely be perfect for driving a convertible in the streets of Florence. A beige jacket with cream-colored sleeves would also seamlessly fit into the wardrobe of a less-adventurous dresser.

The space, a huge room where a ladder set below a podium that leads to a catwalk floor separated with white Adirondack architectural sculptures, looked precise and futuristic. Ambient music lulled through the speakers as people took their seats. And once the bass-throbbing house music kicked in, it all made sense.

Without a doubt, Edmund Ooi is sure to make a name for himself in the extremity of his presentations.

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