December 4, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting the Hong Kong-based, Antwerp-educated designer Six Lee when I was in Hong Kong. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts Antwerpen in 2009 and working in the Alexander McQueen menswear team shortly after, he started his namesake line which I find to be an experimental and strikingly dramatic take on traditional tailoring. I had a cup of tea with the designer, then headed to Joyce Boutique for a little game of dress-up.
Six Lee at Joyce Boutique, Hong Kong
An attached fringed scarf trails from the back of a Six Lee coat I tried on.
This plaid flannel cummerbund with tails is a prime example of Lee’s highly dramatic experimental pieces.
chunky gold buttons on the designer’s own jacket
a Six Lee jacket and ring on the designer’s injured publicist
Six Lee’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection is entitled “We’re all at the end” and is inspired by the desire to share one’s most memorable and priceless moments with one’s beloved in the advent of an apocalypse. These are my favorite looks from that collection:
Round glasses pierce through a felt hat to create quite a sinister gray tailored look.
The designer often gets compared to Thom Browne, but the multilayered elements of this look and the juxtaposition of straight and squiggly lines suggest a looser, more romantic aesthetic for Six Lee.
This plaid pullover jacket is a pain to put on, but makes for quite an interesting clean silhouette.
This rendition of the short jacket + high-waisted trouser combination is sharp and spot-on.
Six Lee FW12, photographed by Jaime Martinez
special thanks to Six Lee, Dean Luk, and Elam Chan