Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

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Rokh RTW Spring 2021. Rok Hwang went to an imaginary place where anxiety, curiosity and imagination converge.

Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

“Night Wanderer”

I began this collection with the same desire as always: To explore moments of my youth and express the personal emotions those memories bring. This time, I wanted to capture the experience of walking at night time when you are young. The air is tense yet filled with the thrill of adventure.

Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

That’s how I felt whenever I went to a friend’s house in Austin, Texas. Though I would walk only two or three blocks, the night breezes carried a mysterious sensation that stayed with me. On those evenings when we friends stepped out together, we could feel infinity stretching out before us into the darkness.

Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

In the spring, stuck at home in London, I read through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with the memories of my night wanderings in mind. I knew then that I wanted this season to escape to a place with no connection to the world that we live in. By taking everyone to the moon or to Mars, to some unknown land, I hoped I could create a story of joy and wonder for women.

Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

I draped all the pieces with my own hand, mixing couture elements with Victorian references. There are puff sleeve dresses with cut-outs or twisted fabric at the waist, as well as  hand-embroidered collars with jacquard floral prints that resemble a carpet bag. Many of these delicate draped garments are covered with leather belts. I always challenge myself to innovate with traditional textiles. This time, you can see that the classic tartan, which we have developed since the beginning of Rokh, has been weather-proofed with a transparent rubber coating in an extremely thin layer to maintain a light and fluid texture.

Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

There are two new silhouettes: A romantic trench that falls gracefully away from the body yet holds the waist line, and a sharp new suit with draping across the hips. Lastly, we have a series of graphic prints in collaboration with L.A.-based artist Parker Jackson, whose dark vision of ’80s-inspired art brought color and fantasy into the Rokh universe.

Rokh Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection

This season, more than any other, I wanted watching my show to recall the act of reading a book. I wanted to conjure a pure, almost childlike state of mind and transport viewers into my imagination. To a place that is wild and adventurous, where everyone has a dream. It is my hopeful message in these difficult times. — Rok Hwang, Rokh

Credits: © Courtesy of ROKH