It was all about light at the second Paris show of Solid Homme — in colors, textile weights and mood.
The South Korean brand unveiled a spring collection inspired by the spectrum of artificial light in the lower levels of the Palais de Tokyo, where orange film on the windows turned the late morning sunshine into a fiery wash.
Designer Woo Young Mi continued to mine a cool contemporary aesthetic, offering up straightforward fare of summer-weight cropped jackets, polo shirts, billowing windbreakers and short-shorts.
While shapes felt loose, a profusion of straps, buckles and elastics adjusted the cuts closer to the body, reaching for a more tailored look without adding constraints. This felt like the missing link between the loungewear uniform of the pandemic years and current leanings toward dressier options.
An impression of carefree youth was further highlighted by the breezy array of blues, greens, oranges, pinks and a light purple dubbed “Digital Lavender” — picture a lighter take on 2022’s Pantone color of the year Very Peri — used in gradients, blurry stripes or layered looks. Used on accents like bucket hats, slip-ons and canvas clogs, this felt like shorthand for the Gen-Z aesthetic.
Elsewhere, solid blacks and beige worked as palate cleansers, giving the looks a more urban slant.
There was nothing fussy or complex here but Woo’s precise execution and finger on the pulse for color helped Solid Homme’s spring come off as simply cool.