Concept Korea's fashion variety
RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 10/12/2012, 2:27 p.m.
What an impressive presentation! Five of Korea's top labels and designers--Son Jung Wan, Choiboko, Kye, Lie Sang Bong and Cres E. Dim--joined forces to put on an exquisite variety show of fashion for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Concept Korea is a project to introduce Korean culture overseas through fashion, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea along with various other groups.
The theme this season is five traditional colors with five different meanings: red (fire), black (water), blue (tree), white (iron) and yellow (ground). The Concept Korea designers used the given colors in their presentations.
For this season, their show opened with a special performance by five dancers from the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, also presenting the five colors.
At Son Jung Wan's station, the look was about the dual nature of women who want to wear pretty feminine dresses. However, on the other hand, these same women want to look chic and sexy in their clothes. This designer is never satisfied until she gets to the point she's aiming for in her designs. She is ready for the world stage.
Lie is inspired by such diverse influences as the imperial love affair of Napoleon and Josephine, Korean poetry and calligraphy, cubism, Bauhaus design and 1930s film noir heroines. Lie's ready-to-wear collections for women show the perfect pairing of architectural silhouettes with feminine form; there are splashes of rich reds and violets among the energetic colors that defines his vibrant palette. His marriage of elegant French fashion with exquisite Oriental sensibilities generates pieces with an unmistakable visual personality that he cultivates in the most natural way. With his dramatic and poetic designs, it is not surprising that Lie came from a theatrical background. His fashion is defined by the lifestyle and culture of the people who wear it.
Cres E. Dim's basic concept is conveyed in the musical term "crescendo diminuendo." For the designer, it's all about "getting louder" and "getting softer." The fashion philosophy is to make his clothes look naturally flowing like a river by making a shape, cutting and putting color on it.
Choiboko's fashions do not dress the body, but dress the soul. The designer considers a social role of fashion with the interest in human beings and nature in a philosophical point of view. The inspirations have always come from daily life such as people, society and nature. Using tangible and intangible cultural traditions, Choiboko develops a unique identity that makes the clothes modern and global. Hidden messages are expressed in a surrealistic way by transforming ordinary nature into glamorous fashions.
Kye's clothes are fun-loving. Her fashions are designed and produced in extraordinary concepts and shapes. Good Show!