Urban boho, retro lady suits cue for fall, winterRetro, ladylike suits influenced by the 1950s and the sexy urban boho look are likely to dominate the fashion forecast for fall and winter 2005 and 2006.
Those styles were part of a sneak peak by designers for Seoul Collection, the 10th such showing since 2000. The semi-annual Seoul Collection kicks off April 14 at Seoul Trade Exhibition Center in southern Seoul.
The Korean fashion scene is not new to runway productions nor commercial hype in trends. The passion and dedication of leading Korean fashion designers who have been organizing local collections as part of the Seoul Fashion Artists Association over the past three decades have contributed immensely to Korean fervor in fashion, beauty and style.
Interestingly, Seoul Collection has been supported since its inception by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. It started with two important goals: to unify local fashion associations and to create and promote Korea’s design industry overseas.
Sixty-one Korean designers of various backgrounds, ages and associations are now part of Seoul Collection. A handful of Korean designers, such as Y&K, Enzu Van, and Lie Sang Bong, have regularly held strong shows in the Paris and New York Collection over the past few years.
Whether they will eventually represent Korea in the global fashion industry the way Japanese designers did remains to be seen. In the early 1980s, Japanese designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawkubo, participated in the Paris Collection and later became the leading figures in Japanese design.
The 10-day Fashion Week will showcase some of the works already shown on runways overseas as well as never-before-released collections created for the domestic market.
The preview also showed other hints. The overall proportion is made up of short jackets, full skirts and slim waists; there will be a lot of contrasts in texture: chiffon, viscose, cotton versus tweed, heavy knit, velvet, exotic furs and animal skins. While metallic hues will appear by winter, the keyword is “opulence” with auburn, brown, cobalt blue, mustard yellow colors. Reflecting the recent hype on the so-called “metrosexual,” Seoul Collection has also increased its men’s collection.
by Ines Cho
One fashion show ticket costs 7,000 won ($7) and can be purchased at the venue or through http://ticket.interpark.com. For more information on Korean Fashion Week, visit www.seoulcollection.or.kr. The Seoul Trade Exhibition Center is located in Daechi-dong, in front of line No. 3, Hagyeoul Station. For a detailed map, visit its Web site, www.setec.or.kr.