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You only think it’s still winter

As always, fashion is ahead of the thermostat. It may not be balmy in the capital just yet, but they’re already soaking up the summer rays on the international runways.
In Cheongdam-dong late last month, Celine’s presentation of its 2004 spring/summer collection turned Yoo Art Space into a surreal tropical resort. The entire floor was carpeted in fuschia, and the walls were embellished with oversized orchid blossoms. Soft knits in the form of skimpy halter tops with plunging V-necks, short shorts in palm-tree green and orchid-patterned silk jerseys made the long, fringed scarf a necessary signature item. Comfortable, elegant floor-length gowns looked perfect for lounging around sun-drenched huts on a Maldives beach.
Celine has reintroduced its classic, ’60s-era gold chain pattern into its modern collection. The retro emblem twined like a snake through every item, from satchel to scarf to maillot to a slim pair of capris. To match, Celine paired each outfit with ladylike pumps in metallic hues, tinged again with gold, though in this case reminiscent of the ’80s.
Clearly, gold is back. Karl Lagerfeld, the designer behind Fendi, introduced a few lines of exquisitely crafted purses, detailed with gold buckles, studs, chains and emblems. Louis Vuitton’s gold charms, featuring the LV logo and an apple, commemorated the opening of its new Fifth Avenue store in New York.
Nowhere in sight on runways are rock-chic motorcycle jackets with medieval high collars, wide punk belts with metal studs or manly cargo pants with utility pockets.
Instead, the scale of femininity has done a 180-degree turn; now the dominating motifs are colorful flowers, candy-like charms, romantic ruffles in floating chiffon and slinky satin.
Flip a few pages ahead on your calendar, and check out some of the leading designers’ suggestions for the warm season.


by Ines Cho
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