Juun.J's Pitti Uomo Collection

Juun.J's Pitti Uomo Collection

A second look at the collection of Pitti Uomo's guest designer, Juun.J

A second look at the collection of Pitti Uomo's guest designer, Juun.J

Photography: Bryan Huynh

Styling: Julian Antetomaso

What if the world ended tomorrow? How would the survivors of a modern day apocalypse get on with their lives? More importantly, depending on your priorities, what would they wear? Juun.J’s F/W '16 collection, which he presented at Pitti Uomo as a Guest Designer, sought to answer those very questions.

Backstage, after the show, Juun.J described the collection as “people who are living in the remnants of a post-chaotic city.” Instantly, images of the multiple Oscar-winning film Mad Max came to mind, as well as the silhouetted cityscape of the '80s cult classic Blade Runner. While those films are certainly reflected in the leather-as-armor looks, Juun.J pointed out a different reference: the anime franchise Ghost in the Shell, which coincidentally is currently seeing a live action remake, set for a 2017 release. The animated series centers on a counter-cyberterrorist group in 21st century Japan.

Each look was embossed with one of Juun.J’s six mantras: genderless, viewless, kindless, boundaryless, eraless, and formless. While the pieces came off quite masculine, it was the finale pieces that set the balance. Each model wore a shearling coat with a hand drawing from illustrator Hajime Sorayama, who is best known for his erotic portrayals of women and robots. To learn that each drawing was applied by hand added a delicate aspect to the otherwise hard and aggressive leatherwear.

When speaking of his collaboration with Sorayama, Juun.J described it as a dream. Having studied his work while earning his fine arts degree, Juun.J said, “He was my hero...he is my hero!” While the stage has been set for the ending of the world, Juun.J has also provided us with a hero to save us from it.

Credits: GROOMING HANJEE (JED ROOT)  CASTING DAVID CHEN  MODELS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE) MALIK WINSLOW (MAJOR), AUGUST GONET AND DIEGO VILLAREAL (FUSION)  PHOTO ASSISTANT SHIJING WANG  FASHION ASSISTANT SIMON NASCHBERGER  LOCATION STUDIO 11

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