Ximon Lee, a Parsons New York graduate, became the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award this year. The prestigious award is H&M’s annual prize to discover the next generation of designers whom they believe will strengthen fashion’s future.
The 24-year-old designer captivated this year’s international jury, which included industry insiders like Marc by Marc Jacobs Designer Director Luella Bertley, British Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers and H&M Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch. Lee, the last student standing from the 37 selected best global design schools, used layers of organic and synthetic textures throughout his collection. Unexpected materials like plastic and cardboard were employed to create bold, graphic silhouettes that flared symmetrically from the body. Modern, sculptural shapes were softened with frayed edges, dark denim and a soft blue color palette.
As the winner, Lee will get the opportunity to show his collection at Fashion Week, receive 50,000 euro and the chance to develop pieces from his winning collection to be sold at H&M this fall.