Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013: Concept Korea


I love this show!  So creative, and a breath of fresh (Fall 2013) air after seeing so many dour black, beige, grey and ivory tones. While the full-on riot of color may only work for the very young or avant-garde, take a piece of the designers’ clothing to add to your wardrobe and you’d look fashionable without being all that far out!



Concept Korea returned to Lincoln Center on February 7th, 2013 to show the Fall/Winter 2013 collections. A proven talent platform, ConceptKorea sent the best of Korean design down the runway this season. 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 talent group yet, and is set to take the US market by storm.


This theme of this season’s runway show was Rhythm of Korea.” The Stage came alive with a fusion of traditional Korea music that represents the spirit of Seoul. Notable attendees include: PATRICIA FIELD, FERN MALLIS, PHILLIP BLOCH, NEON HITCH and ANGELA SIMMONS. Makeup was done by Cheyenne at Top 5 Management using Pür Minerals and Beautyblender, and hair by Kate Hanley using T3micro.


Behind the group is an industry powerhouse of fashion’s most influential voices, who hand picked each of the designers.  They include: FERN MALLISfounder of New York Fashion WeekSIMON COLLINS, Dean of ParsonsCOLLENSHERINGFashion Director of SaksFifth AvenueSTAN HERMAN, former President of the CFDAPHILLIP BLOCHStylistANN CARUSO, StylistJANE PAGEVP at BalenciagaCAROL SONGHead Buyer at Opening Ceremony, SCOTT STUDENBERYVP at Lanvin, TARYN LAEBAN, VP of Kate Spade and PHILIPPE SOUSSANDfounder of Soussand Associates.



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.”


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


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.


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


LIE SANG BONG’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Retro.” The collection is a reinterprets 1950 imagery combined 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.


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.


For more information, contact: FACTORY PR / Stacy Roman / 212 941 7057 /


Concept Korea is a collaborative project to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market. Concept Korea is organized by the Ministry ofCulture, 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.


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