Wooyoungmi Contrast-Knit Wool Cardigan
Causing something of a buzz on the international menswear scene for several years now, Korean designer Wooyoungmi’s AW12 collection has been hailed as her finest work to date. Renowned for her unique fusion of eastern elements with western traditionalism, this Far Eastern designer’s unique creations are the product of her winning sartorial formula.
Born in South Korea in 1959, Wooyoungmi studied fashion at Seoul’s Sungkyunkwan University, and launched several clothing lines before establishing her eponymous label in 2002. Recognised for her futuristic aesthetic that absorbs the best design elements of Europe and Asia, her collections are a consistent sartorial treat of beautifully-executed tailoring and separates that display the quality of traditional craftsmanship combined with a contemporary twist.
One of the standout pieces from the AW12 collection, for its wearable yet style-perceptive design, is this contrast-knit wool cardigan. A hybrid jacket and cardigan, this knitted style plays on textural juxtaposition to seamless effect.
Composed of a quality, pure wool, this assured winter-warmer is the perfect substitute to standard outerwear on cool autumn days, whilst the versatile navy tone gives it a pair-with-anything advantage. Boasting a clean-knit torso it is reminiscent of a contemporary tailored jacket, and cable-weave arms that echo the hand-spun knits of Old European fishing communities helps blends the design knowledge of past and present with charismatic effect. A considered choice for occasions that require a balance between informality and refinement; it is both dressy and casual.
Encompassing the designer’s exceptional flair for modern eclectic cool, this skilfully-crafted knit has an understated, standout quality that no style-conscious man should be without for the forthcoming autumn/winter season.
Available now at Mr. Porter, priced £350.