For the past several years, Concept Korea has brought the country’s young fashion designers to the runways of New York Fashion Week, each season inviting a few designers hand-selected by its committee. For fall, Tae-keun Kim and Ji-yeon Lee presented their collections.
Yohanix, by Tae-keun Kim, was the stronger of the two labels. The lineup featured plenty of great outerwear — notably a tweed cocoon coat with crystal gem embellishments and an embroidered wool bomber jacket — as well as playful knits, such as a tartan-plaid sweater, and a sequin tuxedo look that was an ode to Le Smoking. Overall it was a cool collection with plenty of texture and interest, although the trousers at times were a bit tricky, such as the sheer chiffon and cascading ruffled pant.
While Yohanix was a feminine take on urban cool, Ji-yeon Lee’s Jarret collection oozed sex appeal. Lee showed sheer embroidered skirts and dresses, tight-knit sweaters paired with Lurex-knit biker shorts and plenty of beastly fur accents on outerwear.