PREVIEW: Concept Korea Fall/Winter 2013

Concept Korea FW13

New York, January 28, 2013Concept Korea returns to Lincoln Center on February 7th, 2013 to show the Fall/Winter 2013 collections. A proven talent platform, Concept Korea has chosen the best of Korean design to show this season. CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko, CRES. E DIM. By Hongbum Kim, KYE by Kathleen Kye, LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong and SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan – round out Concept Korea’s most talented group yet.

Behind the group is an industry powerhouse of fashion’s most influential voices, who hand picked each of the designers. They include: Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week, Simon Collins, Dean of Parsons, Collen Shering, Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue, Stan Herman, former President of the CFDA, Phillip Bloch, Stylist, Ann Caruso, Stylist, Jane Page, VP at Balenciaga, Carol Song, Head Buyer at Opening Ceremony, Scott Studenbery, VP at Lanvin, Taryn Laeban,VP of Kate Spade and Philippe Soussand, founder of Soussand Associates.

This theme of this season’s runway show is Rhythm of Korea. The Stage will come alive with a fusion of traditional Korea music that represents the spirit of Seoul.

The Designers

Concept Korea FW13

KYE by Kathleen Hanhee Kye

KYE by Kathleen Hanhee Kye - A 2011 graduate of Central Saint Martins, KYE is already a favorite among the world’s most powerful retailers, including Opening Ceremony and Harvey Nichols. Her collection is described as, “Fun-loving fashion: extraordinary fashion concepts and shapes that render fashion art products.” www.kyefahsion.com 

KYE’s Fall Winter 2013 collection titled, “Unemployed Youth: Homeless Youth.” Drawing inspiration from the Seoul Station, the collection portrays images that are beautifully created with garbage wrapping papers, boxes and graffiti. This season, the collection is consists of oversized silhouettes, layering, and unusual material combinations.

Concept Korea FW13

CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko

CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko - Fashion does not dress the body, but dresses the soul. CHOIBOKO considers the social component of fashion with interest in human nature from a philosophical point of view. Using tangible/intangible cultural traditions, Choi develops a unique identity by making his designs modern and global. His hidden message is expressed in surrealistic way by transforming ordinary nature into glamour and modernity www.choiboko.com

CHOIBOKO’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Dance of Gods,” mixes various abstract images of nature as if it to create a dance. ”Dance of Gods’ is abstract expression that symbolizes the magic of comfort and hope.

Concept Korea FW13

CRES. E DIM. by Hongbum Kim

CRES. E DIM. by Hongbum Kim - CRES. E DIM. Draws from the musical term ‘crescendo e diminuendo,’ with ‘CRES’ meaning ‘getting gradually louder,’ and ‘DIM’ reflectively meaning ‘getting gradually softer’ – Hongbum Kim applied this theory to his fashion identity. His philosophy involves juxtaposing the look of a naturally flowing river against strong shapes, cuts and colour. www.cresedim.com

CRES. E. DIM’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Secondary Nature.” The collection expresses nature’s mystery with different methods using Technology (secondary nature) and inspiration drawnfrom Tokujin Yoshioka and Helmut Newton.

Concept Korea FW13

LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong

LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong - Lie Sang Bong uses the process of invention and reinvention by fusing art and culture. The collection combines unique volume, form, and geometrical shapes of the human body, with an energized flair www.liesangbong.com

LIE SANG BONG’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Retro.” The collection is a reinterprets 1950 imagery with a modern touch.

Concept Korea FW13

SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan

SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan - SON JUNG WAN creates practical and compact silhouettes by using a minimalist approach to New York’s taste and sensibility. Romantic, retro and glam are elements that are portrayed by using beautiful fabrics that create a light and feminine feel. www.sonjungwan.com

SON JUNG WAN’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Dynamic Romance,” and was inspired by abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky and the beauty of The Catherine Palace. She draws from Kandinsky’s use of colour and geometric shapes, infused with beauty of The Catherine Palace’s elegant, flamboyant colours.


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