Premised upon a philosophy of “high-end experimentation”, Seoul-based Gentle Monster has been a major force in the eyewear industry since they launched in 2011. And with a roster of collaborations including Tilda Swinton, Hood by Air and Alexander Wang, it’s no surprise that Beijing designer Xander Zhou was next up on the list.
The exclusive color of K-1, one of “Once Upon a Future” capsule collection is specially designed for @xanderzhou S/S 2019. Available from the 6th of July. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Xander Zhou S/S 2019 collection by Creative direction: @xanderzhou Music: @emilschult Styling: @gary_david_moore Casting: @maddeostlie Hair: @kiyokoodo Make-up: @isamayaffrench Set design: @_sophiedurham Production: @awandc Front of House Photography: @hellemoos #gentlemonster #capsule #onceuponafuture #xanderzhou #gentlemonsterK-1
The sunglasses, whose launch this past Friday followed a LFW runway collaboration between the two designers, perfectly fuse Gentle Monster’s signature take on angularity with Zhou’s taste for the avant-garde (remember the pregnant male models?). The sharpness of the sunglasses’ upper half is balanced by the roundness of the lower half, resulting in a look that is versatile enough to pair with virtually anything. An angled streak across the front of each lens adds a unique touch.
Along with these sunglasses, the designers are also releasing an exclusive raincoat, set to launch this August. Rumor has it that there’s a sneak peak of what it may look like in the collection’s short film below: