Eudon Choi’s Equestrian Dressage

by Katie on February 22, 2011

It’s a very poorly-kept secret that I was quite the equestrian in my younger days, balmy Devonshire summers spent cantering over fields, jumping over barrels, and avoiding the inevitable game of Spin the Bottle at Pony Club camp.  I drifted away from the stables when I discovered ‘Yaz and the Plastic Population’ and cheap cider, but I’d secretly give anything to get back in the saddle.

Korean Royal College of Art graduate and former All Saints and Twenty8Twelve employee, Eudon Choi is also obsessed with horses.  His Autumn/Winter offering takes this inspiration and, quite literally, gallops away with it.

Choi is far too deft to just trot out (sorry) the usual equestrian clichés, such as jodhpurs or hunting pinks.  Full, rounded shoulders and leg of mutton sleeves evoke powerful equine limbs, and a fur trim on shift dresses almost mane-like.  Leather harnesses restrain the knotted and twisted silk georgette of the occasion wear.

 Outerwear is obviously a must for next season, and one piece which catches my eye is a black and camel panelled trench with a funnel neck and wool sleeves.  The palette throughout, bar some rich indigo, is mostly neutral.

More dressage than dray horse, Eudon Choi’s collection is nothing less than refined, elegant, and utterly wearable, and should increase a fanbase which currently includes Jade Parfitt, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Marina Diamandis.

Review by Lee Clatworthy for Katie Chutzpah.

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