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 […]


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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