NYFW SS 2014: Concept Korea
Korean Designers shine at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

A talented group of korean men and womenswear designers, brought to us through Concept Korea, are giving America designers a run for thier money. This global innitiative to publicize Korea's fashion culture supports domestic designer brands on their journey to overseas markets. Encompassing the epitome of  what's hot and edgy today in fashion, these designers, including Kaal E. Suktae, Choi Bo Ko, Ko Tae Yong for Beyond Closet, and Park Youn Soo for Big Park, gathered last Sunday afternoon at The Stage at Lincoln Center to show their latest collections.

Up first was Suktae, who delivered a womenswear collection dripping in black and white, with bursts of color and modern print. The clothes were an expression of "architectural motifs, " said Suk-Tae Lee, that built on new age and industrial aesthetics. Think concrete and metal bars. Are favorite looks featured exceptional oversized Y-shaped silhouettes and abstract prints. The show closed with a hybrid 1-piece garment paired with a printed jacket and black "rider" top with white pleated bottom and white sneaker wedges!

Next to wow was Choi Boko who pulled off modern punk at its best. Bo Ko describes the the inspiration behind the collection as " modern korean culture through the use of punk elements such as exaggerated colors and patterns"-Choi Bo Ko Overall this womenswear collection was a taste of high fashion punk ready-to-wear with dash of couture embellishment. Prints were a staple featuring some outstanding detailing like the Phoenix and rooster prints used throughout the collection, as well as some hip florals and textured fabrics like appliqué and patched denim!

Making way to the runway next was Beyond Closet. Describing the collection as "everyday views of men working out in gyms"; designer, Tae Yong's take on modern menswear is a sportswear inspired collection of classic men's styles and silhouettes with contemporary flare. The mix-matching of very bright and almost muted colors like "sunburst" yellow and light khaki coupled beautifully with classic argyle patterns, subtle embroideries, and custom prints. The modern twists to men's formalwear and acessories were refreshing and appreciated. One stand-out included a blue blazer with a mustard stripe paired with a blue plaid button down shirt and checkerboard shorts with blak loafers and leather sport's bag. The collection as a whole proved to be a stylish assemblage of masculine and fashion forward pieces with a dapper theme.
Last but certainly not least was womenswear by Big Park. Think visual effects, and art in motion. Park Youn Soo was inspired by folk painitng and focused the collection on shape, form, silhouette, and pattern. The depiction of a rising pheonix juxtaposed (*two things being placed together) over another inverted painting of a bookshelf came awsomely together resulting in an embroidered 3D like visual spectacle. The print, seen all throughout the collection, was beautifully rendered on a black wool romper with a black and white striped leather apron and a white ostrich embossed drawstring bag. Youn Soo's use of black and white along with pale pink and blue is impeccable. She does a wonderful job incorporating sleek leather and silk detailing, and utilizes subtle and intricate prints and patterns on interesting parts of the garment. The collection is a sexy clash of flirty and feminine fit for any female!