What's in store:
Korean fashion designers forecast coming season
Picking up where Paris left earlier this month, Seoul will have more than 60 designers under one roof to present their 2007 spring/summer collections from tomorrow at SETEC in southern Seoul.
Veteran designer Lee Sin-woo is back this season and will kick off Seoul Fashion Week with a collection focusing on menswear, followed by other solo designers including Gee Chun-hee, Hong Eun-ju, Andy & Debb, and Song Zio.
On the weekends, members of the New Wave movement in Seoul, such as Cho Sung-kyung, Han Seung-su, Hong Seung-wan and Jung Wook-jun, will present their creations.
The Korean Fashion Designer Association will show Monday followed by the Seoul Fashion Artists Association. Up-and-coming designer Song Ja-in and her mother Kim Dong-soon will showcase their creations back-to-back on Tuesday, while Jin Te-ok will take the runway two days after her daughter Noh Seung-eun, and bring an end to the 10-day event.
Romanticism and minimalism are expected to be the key words for the warmer seasons, with colors lightening up, according to Shin Heui-jin of the Korea Fashion Association. For three days from tomorrow, the city of Busan will also up its fashion ante and host the 2007 spring/summer Busan Pret-a-porter at BEXCO. Besides local names, overseas designers including Richard Chai and Maria Corjejo from New York, Kohshin Satoh from Tokyo, and Ji Wenbo from Beijing, are invited to the fashion show.
Seo Sun-nam has created a retro classic collection done in light, soft colors while Son Jung-wan from Seoul toned down 1980s shapes into a romantic, dressed-up look. Son chose to skip Seoul Fashion Week this season, and introduces her spring/summer collection in Busan instead.
"This fashion show is the only international one held in Korea, with 12 individual and team designers from Seoul, Busan, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Beijing participating," said Toh Shin-woo, president of the Model Center International, which organized the event.
By Hwang You-mee
extract from THE KOREA HERALD(www.koreaherald.co.kr)