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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Preview
Concept Korea's Far Eastern Chic
One of my favorite fashion presentations during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York is the Concept Korea collaborative show. It will be the highlight of my first day there in just a few days from now!  It is intended to promote Korean fashion designers and help them in their attempts to gain access to the U.S. fashion market.  Concept Korea returns for their seventh time to the tents 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 demonstrate their prowess in artful and elegant fashion. 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, and is resolved to take the US market by storm!

Behind this talented assemblage of designers is an industry powerhouse of fashion’s most influential voices who hand picked each of the formidable fashion voices of Korea. 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 atOpening Ceremony, SCOTT STUDENBERY, VP at Lanvin,TARYN LAEBAN, VP of Kate Spade and PHILIPPE SOUSSAND, founder of Soussand Associates.

The 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.  Pictured below is inspiration images provided by each designer, along with their ideas for their individual collections.

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.kyefashion.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.

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.

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 color. 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.

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 reinterprets 1950 imagery with a modern touch.

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 color and geometric shapes, infused with beauty of The Catherine Palace’s elegant, flamboyant colors.

Concept Korea is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Daegu Metropolitan City, the Korea Creative Contents Agency, and the Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry.  Concept Korea began in the spring of 2010, and this F/W 2013 season marks the organization’s seventh time showing at New York Fashion Week.  www.conceptkorea.org





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