Variety rules the runway at spring fashion showWhile we’re busy gearing up for the nippy winter season, the fashion industry is already ready to announce the hot looks for next spring and summer.
The 2005 Spring Summer Seoul Collection kicks off at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the COEX Convention Center. The 10-day event, which runs until Nov. 11, showcases the latest creations by Korea’s top 50 designers at two venues: the COEX Convention Center and the Seoul Trade and Exhibition Center in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.
In the past, the collection was divided by designers’ associations and held separately, but this time, three leading Korean fashion groups ― New Wave in Seoul (NWS), Korean Fashion Designers Association (KFDA) and SFAA (Seoul Fashion Artists Association) ― have come together with individual designers for one international collection.
With continuing support from the Korean government, the Seoul Collection, launched in September 2000, has become a hallmark of Korean fashion. Serving as a platform for designers to go international, the collection embraces a truly wide spectrum of talent and styles by designers of varying ages, backgrounds and inspiration.
Rich and sophisticated outfits displayed on spectacular runways can be expected from veteran Korean designers such as Jinteok, Rubina and Caruo. Lee Young Hee will showcase Korean tradition with her hanbok-inspired evening dresses, and Enzu Van will do likewise with Asian silhouette. Full of surprises ― and sometimes outrage ― is the fashionable imagination of budding young designers; the fresh creativity of works by Latulle, Geessen, Ekjo and Kim Gyu Sik mean they cannot be missed.
Unlike European and American fashion collections strictly reserved for industry professionals, the Seoul Collection welcomes all fashion lovers.
A ticket for one show is 7,000 won ($5); a 5-show ticket is 25,000 won. They are available through www.ticketlink.co.kr (1588-7890) or www.ticketpark.com (1544-1555). For more information, contact the Korea Fashion Association at (02) 528-4741, or visit www.seoulcollection.org and www.sfaa.com. The COEX Convention Center is located at Samseong-dong station; the Seoul Trade and Exhibition Center, at Hagyeoul station.
by Ines Cho