Central Saint Martins alumni Simon Mo recently showcased his AW18 collection “Aerial display” during London Fashion Week and had me instantly falling in love with his gorgeous tailored pieces.
His beautiful collection was inspired by British photojournalist Jimmy Nelson’s book Before they Pass Away. A series of stunning images and portraits from the book documented some of the world’s most remote communities and indigenous people in 44 countries around the world. Among these is Papua New Guinea, a country located in the western South Pacific, with countless tribes of primitive peoples who are famous for decorating their body with tattoos, plant fibres with colours borrowed from one of the most exquisite creatures of the world – Bird of Paradise (also known as Bliss Bird). In the natural world, males tend to attract the attention of females in an exaggerated manner, as is the Bird of Paradise. When male paradise birds make their own courtesies through “Aerial display”, exaggerated gestures including flying, floating, jumping or even hanging upside down in the air are for gaining favors with the female birds.
It is this particular interest in natural wonders that inspired designer Simon Mo, to transform the plumages of the birds into clothing that adorns the female body and the sense of excitement, primal instincts as well as the adventures becomes the central inspiration to the Autumn Winter 18 collection.
SIMON MO is a great expert in perfectly blending SMART CASUAL and SPORT COUTURE. Through eye-catching coat paired with knit sweater, tailored suits interlaced with retro sportswear and jacquard skirts; Mo applied extensive collages and high color contrast to stimulate the warmth for a winter collection.
A particular emphasis on nature and the beauty of our world, Simon wants to bring to people’s attention about the truth of the ecological damage and climate change gradually deprive the natural species and the primitive peoples’ place of existence, before they pass away.
Website Link: www.simonmotl.com
Photography by Simon Armstrong