The legendary style of Andre Kim
Celebrated Korean designer Andre Kim presented his 2011 spring/summer collection in Beijing earlier this week. The show was held to commemorate Preview in China 2010, a major fashion event that ran from March 28 to 31 at the Beijing New China International Exhibition Center.
At the show, Kim unveiled 144 pieces from his new collection on six stages with the themes “Beijing World Festival for 2011,” “Legend of China,” “Great Romance of Byzantium,” “Immortal Art of the Renaissance,” “Fantasia of Korean Ancient Kingdom” and “My Unforgettable, Everlasting Love,” the last of which featured the designer’s trademark closing scene with a pair of lovers decked out in wedding garb.
Kim said he first visited China in 1993, when he was invited to present a show commemorating the first anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and China in 1992. Since then, he has returned to the country about a dozen times to hold fashion shows in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Qingdao.
“I have watched the remarkable development of the Chinese fashion industry over the past years and I have no doubt that the industry will progress even more in the coming years,” Kim said. “It is also interesting to note that the Chinese government is taking the initiative in advancing the country’s fashion industry.”
As usual with Kim’s shows, star actors were featured in the runway shows. Actress Lee Soo-kyung and actor Jung Gyu-woon, who starred as a couple in the hit TV drama “Love You 10 Million Times,” which ended early last month, strutted down the catwalk in a number of Kim’s creations.
They added a bit of drama to the designer’s trademark final love scene in which the actor kisses the actress on the forehead.
“This show was not much different from his previous shows, but it was still beautiful and magnificent,” said Peig Yang, 35, a member of the fashion industry who introduced herself as a huge fan who has seen many of Kim’s shows over the years. She was also one of more than 100 Chinese spectators who attended the show on Monday.
Meanwhile, Kim, who has presented shows at spectacular venues such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Giza pyramids in Egypt, revealed that it is his dream to show his fashion art pieces at an ancient Beijing venue.
“I hope to hold a show in the Forbidden City one day,” Kim said.
By Park Sun-young [email@example.com]
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