Thirty-two-year-old Parsons alum, Brandon Sun, has been one to watch since first showing his namesake collection two short seasons ago, although his buzz began far before. Heading up the fur divisions of Oscar de la Renta and J.Mendel, Sun quickly made a name for himself, which lead to his appointment as designer for legendary mink house, Blackglama. (You’ve probably seen his designs on billboards around the world, touting the famed tagline, “What Becomes A Legend Most” and featuring music icon Janet Jackson, without even knowing it.)
This season, Sun took his fur expertise to new levels, finding inspiration in artist Kazuo Shiraga’s paintings created with his feet. You could see Shiraga’s influence come to fruition in certain garments, which used a thematic intarsia-like print that mimicked the movement in many of the artist's most famed works. Tones were kept dark, giving an extra dose of edge to shiny silken pieces in plum, hunter green, midnight, black, and an eye-catching brown wood print.
Sun excels when he uses different materials to create one cohesive look: for instance, pairing the softness of draped silk kimonos with distressed leather jackets, or a dyed fur coat broken apart by tightly wound satin obi-belts. His signature fur snood appeared atop several looks, a highlight being a hammered silk v-neck floor-length gown. Overall, the twenty-look collection proved worthy of Sun’s acclaim, and although not as experimental as it could have been, it provides breadth to progress his aesthetic forward.