Seoul Collection Presents Best of Local Fashion

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Seoul Collection Presents Best of Local Fashion


Nov 22, 2005

Designer Kim Chong-wol opened the 2006 S/S Seoul Collection on Nov. 16 by sending down her models in stylish, hip everyday wear for the 30 plus woman.

Drawing up a line of silk and denim pantsuits in sandy beiges, crimsons and sensual purples with floral appliques and semi-precious jewels embellishments, the creative director of the Seoul-based Petillante, seemed to be making clear her statement _ it isn't just girls that want to have fun.

A presentation by An Yoon-jung, whose fashion house Ans Mode also targets the older woman, was the next to be staged.

Making reference to the Victorian era, the local veteran spun up a collection of silken, denim and jersey numbers for both the workplace and after-hour engagements.

However the over-the-top use of embellishments and inconsistency witnessed throughout the showcasing of the 70 some pieces only proved that even all the pretty and pink in the world doesn't translate into feminine but instead a mad clutter of ruffles, lace and sequins.

London-based Japanese designer Michiko Koshino, who has been taking part in the Seoul Collection since 2004, unveiled her take on boho-chic on day-two.

While promising in press-notes to first bring "life to old school Hollywood starlets through art nouveau couture," and second to give her creations an ethnic spin with hippie-inspired embellishments like metal accessories, the second feature was more evident throughout the presentation.

The easiness of the airy chiffons and silks are used to construct roomy, billowing pants and tops. Jersey shirts worn over jeans make all pieces wearable but also unique enough to make a statement.

Later that day, husband and wife team Andy & Debb delivered with a collection comprised of resort wear that was ®safe,' meaning that, while it was a predictable Andy & Debb presentation it was a consistent showing of their signature understated style.

The selection of their graphically printed tops and dresses that came in powder blues, vibrant indigos and deep crimson were modeled before the celebrity packed first row where TV and radio personal Choi Hwa-jung was seated faithfully in none other than an original Andy & Debb.

On Nov. 18, master hanbok (Korean traditional attire) tailor Lee Young-hee's collection of hanbok-inspired modern wear showered with dramatic cuts and sheer, fluttering silk showed once again the possibility that the local costume was not something of the past but something that could be from the present just as well.

The last show of the day was that of Kang Hee-sook, who is not only known for her style and skill but her celebrity following as well.

Hallyu superstar Lee Young-ae (of "Jewel in the Palace" and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"), who made an appearance in a Kang Hee-sook jacket at this year's Cannes, sat in the front row to watch the show.

The highlight of the presentation was hands down her flowing jersey skirts and tops in creamy nudes, off whites and milky caramels _ as liberating as they were feminine.

On Saturday, despite expectations riding higher and higher every season, Gee Chun-hee showed that she succeeded in putting together yet another stellar Miss Gee Collection. Appropriate to the warmer seasons she had ready Bermuda shorts that clashed merrily with pretty, silk tops and round-collared coats. The raspberry jersey teamed with a chestnut brown pantsuit was especially a winning combination that working, Korean women of any age could pull off.

To recreate the feel of a 1970s' French resort, Song Zio, that afternoon, had his models wander the runway in numbers that's tailoring looked razor sharp but each still had an easygoing-ness about them that made them all wearable.

Seoul Collection continues until Nov. 25 at the Seoul Trade Exhibition Center (SETEC). Tickets can be purchased at or on the spot.


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