Concept Korea is one of my favorite shows, combining Korea’s up-and-coming talent in one epic showcase of craftsmanship and creativity. This season the collections included KAAL E. Sukatae, Choi Boko, Beyond Closet by Tae Yong, and Big Park.
The show opened with a modern dance performance, and then KAAL E. Suktae’s 90s-inspired collection, featuring epic wide-brimmed hats reminiscent of traditional Korean gat. These gorgeous hats balanced the oversized boxy silhouettes.
Choi Boko’s collection was inspired by the designer’s memory of a woman in a white coat, that morphed each time he recollected it over the years. I thought this was such a romantic concept for a collection, and it was interpreted beautifully.
Beyond Closet was inspired by the designer’s time in the Korean military, which is mandatory for young men between 18 and 28, featuring soldiers “off duty” in casual, but tailored ensembles.
Finally, Big Park presented a highly stylized collection of bold high-contrast colors and strong silhouettes, accented with fresh sneakers and unexpected accents. The playful vibes were strong.
I was so excited to receive an invitation to this show… and it didn’t disappoint. Group shows have another level of excitement, even more so when the designers are new on the scene. I look forward to seeing how these careers evolve.
I do wonder about the complete lack of Korean models, though. It seems like a missed opportunity not to showcase some of Korea’s runway model talent. As we know, the industry has a long way to go in terms of representing diverse backgrounds.
As NYFW continues, I think it’s important to acknowledge those who reject the “too cool for snowmen building” facade most show-goers are caught up in. Just look at this runway-ready creation!
Now it’s time to sip this champagne and get writing! I have so much to share.
Cheers to a stylish week!