Concept Korea is always one of my favorite shows to attend at New York Fashion week. You never really know what you're going to see and the talent you do end up seeing is above and beyond what you'd expect. The U.S. based collaborative for Korean fashion designers showed at Lincoln Center to reveal their Spring/Summer 2013 collections. Choiboko by Choi Bo Ko, Cres. E Dim. by Hongbum Kim, KYE by Kathleen Kye, Lie Sang Bong by Lie Sang Bong, and Song Jung Wan by Son Jung Wan comprised Concept Korea’s most talented group yet. The presentation also featured a performance by world renowned Marth Graham Dance Company (who all wore custom tees made by each designer) and music by DJ Mike Nouveau.
Encompassing the theme of “5 Korean Traditional Colors,” the designers related their collections to five different colors and natural elements including iron, tree, water, fire and ground. Korean culture identifies all relationships found in nature as symbolically linked and each color represents a principle of life, symbolically linking each designer to one of the elements.
My favorite of the collections was KYE. Excuse the hip-hop reference, but the clothing may have defined ghetto fabulous- diamond and gold decorated beanies with attached netted veils, tattoo printed tights, over the top open toed boots and of course the swagger all the models adopted while wearing the collection. I really loved it and am definitely going to keep an out for the designer.
More photos from the presentation can be seen on my tumblr.