Ximon Lee, a graduate from New York’s Parsons the New School for Design, was announced as the winner of the H&M Design Prize 2015 at a catwalk presentation held during Stockholm Fashion Week.
It is the first time a menswear designer has won the prize in its four-year history. Lee competed with candidates from 37 universities across 15 countries for the annual prize, which includes €50,000, mentoring from the H&M team and the opportunity to develop and sell items from the winning collection in H&M stores around the world.
“I see it as a hybrid between streetwear and more directional fashion,” Lee said after his catwalk show. “I’m super-excited to have won and will use the prize money to continue and move my brand forward.”
Focusing on bonded denim in oversized and exaggerated shapes, sportswear-inspired pleated shorts were teamed with layered tabard-style tops and blown-up directional interpretations of classic jacket shapes. Bonded and treated fabrics included thick denim, hand-bleached to create unique ombré finishes, hand-painted acrylic pinstripes and copper embellishments.
Lee is now working with the H&M team to translate his designs into an autumn 15 collection.
This year’s jury included Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design new development at H&M, Marc by Marc Jacobs design director Luella Bartley, and singer Lily Allen.
Speaking about the winning collection, Johansson told Drapers: “It gave us the wow [factor]. It was intriguing and interesting. Not like anything we’ve seen before, but still in a fashionable way. It’s like a new type of streetwear.”