Every season an industry influencers including Carol Song of Opening Ceremony, Taryn Laeban, VP at Lanvin, Fern Mallis and others handpick five Korean designers to showcase in the bi-annual show, Concept Korea. The designers chosen were KYE by Kathleen Hanhee Kye, Choiboko by Choi Bo Ko, CRES. E DIM. by Hongbum Kim, LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong and SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan.
This season Concept Korea opted for a full-on show rather than a traditional presentation, though it was difficult filling seats: the front row where we sat was pretty sparsely populated.
Nonetheless the show was good but short of great. The theme of this season’s runway show was “Rhythm of Korea” and each of the designers picked ten looks to showcase.
KYE–which is now sold in Opening Ceremony–probably had one of the stronger collections of the bunch. Inspired by the Seoul Station her collection included prints laden with graffiti. Stand out looks included print-on-prints and outerwear like a fur jacket in electric blue.
Choi Bo Ko’s line took inspiration from abstract images of nature and dance. The line included dresses, outerwear and trousers made of mixed materials like felt, mink, wool. The standout piece was a drool-worthy white moto jacket with shearling sleeves.
Cres. E Dim’s line was full of heavy, luxe leather. It was made for the downtown girl: tough, dark, chic–perfect for Lisbeth Salander on another ass-kicking night out.
Lie Sang Bong dubbed the “Alexander McQueen” of Seoul had printed neoprene jackets, slick, sexy dresses and tailored trousers. His showstopper though was a wide-brimmed futurist cap that glowed down the runway. More of that please!
Finally was Son Jung Wang who told us backstage she was really inspired by the sexiness of New Yorkers and their taste and sensibility. Her collection was full of retro and glam references with gowns made of royal purple tulle, dresses mixed with mink, and blouses with fur sleeves. Though it wasn’t exactly ground-breaking, everything was beautifully made.