The first thing we noticed when the Concept Korea Spring 2014 presentation began at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is the incredible digital display on the back wall. It was a mix of a Pixar movie animation and an electronic concert light that introduced the crowd to the Korean vibe.
This season the show featured four designers which fell into the "Main Concept Korea" category. Each varied from one another, yet all kept the colorful vibrant aspect of the Korean culture.
Kaal E. Suktae by Lee Suk Tae was the first collection to present it's avant Garde mostly black and white looks featuring cut outs and pleated skirts. The tailoring and detailed structure was perceived from beginning to end in every garment. One of the last looks had a pleated black skirt with a pleated peplum top. Even though it was a full figure, the model still looked thin and edgy.
The show took a 360 degree turn with the second collection Choiboko by Choi Bo Ko, with a punk rock collection and big acid colored hair.
Beyond Closet by Ko Tae Yong was a fun dandy delight. Starting with a younger looking blonde Nick Wooster, the collection already looked ready for Barney's. With the second look being a color blocking perfection, only the 6 feet tall model could pull it off. It was a grey, blue, and beige overlay coat with a fitted light yellow button down. To top it all off, it was paired up with navy blue shorts. The whole look was casual yet so precisely put together it looked like a work of art.
The last collection, Big Park by Park Youn Soo, was filled with feminine silhouettes such as powder pink pleated leather jackets. The lovely digital geometric prints stood out in every garment, even in the leather jackets and coats. It was a fresh take on the overdone leather jacket look.
Having the four collections under one show was a treat.
With reporting by Estefania Garcia Correa