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Since graduating from the Royal College of Art’s prestigious MA program (the first under iconic British designer Zowie Broach’s tutelage), South Korean designer Kanghyuk Choi has enjoyed some pretty enviable industry attention with his namesake label, KANGHYUK.

On the back of a solid MA collection, in which Choi created sturdy, sportswear silhouettes using strictly airbags, KANGHYUK has managed to court the likes of London’s Machine-A and SHOWstudio, as well as legendary LA concept store H.Lorenzo to commission his freshly minted label for two very special collaborations. The series of limited edition pieces will be available to shop in March and April, respectively.

KANGHYUK also showed their FW17 collection in Paris to a closed circuit of industry insiders. The young designer expands on his conceptual approach to tailoring and craftsmanship with yet another aptly dystopian collection. If we were to choose an armor to mirror our bleak, political reality right now, KANGHYUK’s grey-toned sportswear might just be it. In every single piece, the designer painstakingly uses different types of airbags as his material base to extraordinarily reimagine wardrobe staples such as the trench coat with awe-inspiring results.

For more FW17 fashion, check out Palmiers du Mal’s show from NYFW:M.

Words by Kam Dhillon