Spring/summer 2020 design by Son Jon Wan (287061)

For spring/summer 2020, there were many NYFW designers who showed soft, romantic styles. The looks were long, often baring shoulders, with layers, ruffles and flounces. Cyber colors, soft pastels and prints were prevalent. The looks were feminine and pretty.

Son Jon Wan’s collection embraced romance with an emphasis on softness. Her collection told a story of splendor. Silhouettes were shapely, and sometimes barely there with dramatic details including longer, flowing sleeve touches, ruffles, flounces. Born and raised in South Korea, Son Jung Wan majored in Industrial Craft at Sookmyung Women’s University. After graduating, she attended design school at International Mode in Seoul. In the beginning of her fashion career, Son opened a small shop across the street from Galleria Department Store to house and sell her collection of stylish wears. Seeing how successful her store was, Galleria offered her a shop. A year later the Son Jung Wan brand grew. She also received The “Golden Needle Award” from the Korea Fashion Editor Association. Today, Son Jung Wan is one of Korea’s most successful designers. Her clothes are sold at department stores throughout the world. Each season, she debuts her collections in New York and Paris. If she wasn’t a fashion designer, Son likes to say she would have been an artist.

Anna Sui’s spring/summer 2020 collections take you on a creative journey that is unparalleled in the world of fashion. Her current obsession is to mix vintage styles with her current cultural experiences. She effortlessly makes hip and exuberant original clothes. Whether Anna’s inspiration is Victorian cowboys, Warhol superstars or Finnish textile prints, her depth of cultural knowledge is always apparent. She dives deeply into the creation of her collections. Research is a big part of her creative process. “I really enjoy knowing all about my themes,” she said. Her clothes are simply styled with significant details that you hardly notice. Anna’s constant search for new ideas and challenges keeps her ahead of her times. She’s a true trendsetter. The boundless energy and creative ingenuity of her runway presentations always make her shows one of the best of New York Fashion Week.

New to NYFW, Yalan, designer of BlanCore, was born to a family that had always cherished and prioritized fabrics and clothing. From a young age, she kept a close eye on the fashion kingdom her father had forged. Creating a brand, in fact, was already Yalan’s dream at the age of seven. Growing up in the fashion industry, she was surrounded by its complexities, intricacies and rewards. From the start, her quest was to identify a brand that could make her heart blossom. She studied with American scholars and was inspired by art and art history. Instead of participating and managing her family’s business, Yalan founded a new brand in the United States.

The Blancore brand’s look is elegant with contrasts in shapes, exaggerated details and new combinations. Her bold sleeves on a fitted top over straight pants received applause. Exceptionally skilled at sourcing inspiration from her own experiences and her perceptions of life’s details, Yalan integrates business-management with a sensitive feel for contemporary design. The young designer combines American style and minimalism with elegantly fine French deconstruction. For a woman’s body, she applies both concepts to her design creations. The results are a beautiful yet alluring second skin fashion look. It’s quite interesting!