The designers/brands who made the list for Concept Korea III were Doho, Choi Bum Suk for General Idea, Lie Sang Bong and Steve J & Yoni P. The event wasn't overly crowded, had plenty of room to maneuverer and capture some great photos and was a chance to catch my breath. Although there were some Korean inspired appetizers and wine being served, I never had the chance to try any as I was working hard to get around the party-people and get from one presentation area to the next. Since during NYFW I eat with my eyes, I was okay :).
General Idea - by Choi Bum Suk
General Idea is definitely not for every man but for a man who likes to be a little bit flashier, isn't afraid of bright colors and likes the whimsical and outdoorsy look - this is the perfect solution. While I wasn't particularly sold on the puffer style leg warmers, this collection actually featured a few meggings and they are meggings done right. Layered under shorts and cropped pants, these don't look at all out of place or uncomfortable because they carefully kept any possible offensive man bits nicely under wraps. The collection also featured fair isle knit which looked positively adorable and some colorful camo for a fresh and funked up look. While I might have a hard time convincing some fellows to wear some of these entire looks, I think that some of the outerwear in this collection is pretty standout! My absolute fave is the high neck zip front jacket on the below left.
Lie Sang Bong
Lie Sang Bong might have been the headlining designer of the evening. His pieces are carefully crafted with meticulous attention-to-detail. His presentation set was a revolving runway where models would walk down the runway one at a time while all the others would stand to the side and then repeat. It was a very clever way to show off the garments in motion and yet provide everyone with the opportunity to admire the details up close and personal. Asymmetry, modern angles, bold color block pieces and dramatic silhouettes are the hallmarks of Lie Sang Bong. While I was admiring the sequin disco leggings, draped cape knit and dramatic hooded jacket, Lani was falling hard for the leather asymmetric color block piece. This collection also made me think that I need some long slinky skirts in my closet. The Lie Sang Bong woman is sophisticated, bold and graceful.
Steve J & Yoni P
Steve J & Yoni P was definitely aimed and a younger funkier market than Doho or Lie Sang Bong. With crackle paint leather, graphic tees, micro minis, toggle jackets and graphic color blocked knits this collection had the potential to be too much design too fast, fortunately the colors were kept simple and the balance between all these elements was just right. My personal faves were the toggle jackets and the graphic color block maxi skirt - simply amazing. I also couldn't keep my eyes off the crackle leather looks as they were sort of electrifyingly eye-catching.