Monday, June 20, 2011


Meatpacking District/NYC

New York Fashion Week

CONCEPT KOREA: Highlights of South Korean Fashion Designers

Words/Showroom Images Judith Ecochard

A few months back, a major woman's print read published a clip on Seoul's burgeoning, cutting edge fashion scene and profiled selling designers and the consumers that love them.

Well and good ---but except for Doo-Ri, an American/Korean designer---all the other labels were of the mass market luxury types that frankly, have selling outlets all over the globe, less the Poles. So what's so special about that?

Which is why we were so bummed that the line to get into the Concept Korea fashion event, near Lincoln Center's hub of NY Fashion Week, was insane...we opted for a follow-up visit at the spacious (calm) Meatpacking District pop-up gallery space that was open to the public.

Nicely arranged...the interactive giant iPad like device---had a camera attached to it---take a pic and email it to whoever...or Facebook...and get a hard copy. Plus info on the this giant interactive tablet.
Very cool.

The first designer we saw, GENERAL IDEA by FIT grad Bum Suk Choi---is a label based in NYC that has shown RTW romps during NY Fashion Week. In fact this is the only show we have ever attended that started on time...kinda works with the military flavor of the collection with some of the strongest outwear pieces we would ever wear if they were for women.

As we cover a lot of outerwear of the performance ilk, we thought the style meets function absolutely terrific for urban wear...and maybe a day on the slopes.

The garments were lacking the hangtags we usually find on durable separates so although we don't know the technical details of the items...i.e. like if the jackets were seam sealed...

Puffy Bomber-slim profile via seams perfectly quilted

Anorak style

---what kind of techy fabrics...and which ones etc ...just eyeballing the garments, all for men(!!!) ---they seemed weather tough...with design savvy functional zippers, pockets for stash, adjustable hood straps...

Giddy up 

Zip away the hood, collar snaps up 

ALSO: Loved the kickers...

ALSO: Terrific vintage style packs.

LIE SANG BONG: a luxury label by said designer--- with just elegant luxe design elements of French fashion---ruching, hand beading, digital printed silks--- with blends of Asian cultural motifs.

Exacting tailoring---we turned the garments inside out and were impressed with the high level of finishing---draping was perfection. Although these clothes were on is obvious that on a human form, the shapes---come to life with a flattering flow.

Modern classics...the collection is very European in feel in terms of its elegance...polished for grown-up women who need this kind of wardrobe...

These warm jackets in quilted silk and leathers---apres ski more Aspen, not laid back Crested Butte.

Rough edge

DOHO had a victorian goth way this season----meshed with the sheer Bohemian chic in earthy and jewel wintry colors that we think will find favor with a lot of Americans---

---we think of the often darkly romantic attired Olsen twins-when they are not wearing their own label or vintage.

Delicate ruffles...

Leathers with feminine details mixed with interesting textiles

STEVE J and YONI P spoke English with a tad of cockney swagger (well, she did)...and though we missed the collection, we got these pics from the PR team at Company Agenda...
Young and fun...with Brit edge and way of mixing up pieces...

BTW---this couple gave us the scoop that the Korean food in NYC was better than in SEOUL.