Concept Korea returned to Lincoln Center for it’s 10th year to present their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. The talent platform chooses the best of Korean design and gives them a chance to break into the US market. It’s is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Daegu Metropolitan City, the Korea Creative Contents Agency, and the Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry.
Behind Concept Korean is the industries powerhouse players, Fern Mallis, Avril Graham, Nicole Fischelis, Stephanie Solomon, Simon Collins and Phillip Bloch, who hand-pick each of the designers,
The talented designers that showed this season at Concept Korean:
Resurrection by Juyoung Lee is inspired by functional fashion and the transformative power of clothing. The brand is edgy, sexy and uses lace, zippers and translucent fabrics juxtaposed against masculine shapes to create a wearable, yet clever line. The VIP followers of the brand include Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson and the Black Eyed Peas. www.resurrectionbyjuyoung.com
Resurrection’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is titled, “Casual and Masculine.” The line fuses structured, masculine silhouettes with the free spirit of rock & roll culture and high-end fashion. Using high-tech fabric, the collection incorporates functional styles with minimal tailoring creating a synergy of artistic yet wearable clothes.
Seunghee Lee is a Korean, London based designer. Seunghee moved to London at an early age and graduated from London College of Fashion with BA First Class Honor Degree in womenswear. Following her BA Graduate show, she completed her MA in womenswear from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. After successful MA graduation, she took charge of several collections for Samsung Fashion Department then worked as the creative director at a bespoke tailoring house. She collaborated with photographer Giles Bensimon for Elle Korea Magazine April 2009.
LEYII’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is titled, “Rhythmic Contrast.” Inspired by Alexander Calder, LEYII uses straight lines, flat surfaces and primary hues to create natural curves and rhythm in her collection. Achieving this “balanced contrast” is accomplished through mixing various materials and colors in disorienting ways, creating 3 dimensional silhouettes.
Beyond Closet, designed by Taeyong Ko is a menswear brand representing classic items reinterpreted for men in their twenties and thirties. The collection is a mix of practical, sophisticated and distinguished pieces. www.beyondcloset.com
Beyond Closet’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is entitled, “B.C. School Gang.” The collection will feature graphic tattoo artistry that is blended into classic Beyond Closet silhouettes.
The audience included Fern Mallis, Phillip Bloch, Miss Jay Alexander, Lily Lane, and Lenay Dunn.
Traditional dating culture in Korea usually left parents responsible for finding the best mate for their child. Arranged marriages were settled years, and sometimes even decades, before a child reached marriage age. Today, matchmaking trends are much different — placing the responsibility of finding a match with young singles.
Traditional rules of Korean courtship left the parents responsible for matchmaking. Parents considered astrological signs, lineage, alliances between families and financial benefits when they paired their children with others. Though contemporary Korean dating norms have shifted away from parental matchmaking, parents still play a vital role at the end stages of courtship. In the Korean culture, young people are taught early to recognize their accountability to their parents — and the need for parent advice and guidance in important life decisions, including courtship and marriage.
Mingling of the Sexes
In old Korea, the mingling with the opposite sex was frowned upon. As a result, many couples met for the very first time on their wedding day — sometimes at the marriage altar. Contemporary customs don’t frown upon relationships with the opposite sex, which allows couples to form more organically. For young Koreans, college often offers the first chance to date without parental interference or oversight. Because of this, university districts are common places to look for young singles.
Marriage as an Option
In traditional Korean culture, women held one lifetime goal: to get married and have children. Contemporary Korean women have different options, and that is changing the way many look at marriage. As women began to fill middle management positions in the public and private sector, many more women choose careers over families. By 2005, 51 percent of South Koreans in their 20s and 30s were unmarried, which is 5 percentage points higher than just five years earlier.
Though arranged marriages are largely a thing of the past, creative matchmaking attempts are not. Blind dates arranged by friends or relatives are a common part of contemporary Korean dating culture. Dating services are also very common, with 1,000 dating agencies open in South Korea alone. For young Koreans, it is common to partner with matchmaking sites and dating services in the quest to find true love — and equally as common for parents to be the ones signing them up for such services.
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Indigo Chapters is also a place where people can go and sit in one of the many comfortable couches and chairs to read. You can also have a nice cup of coffee or other beverages while you read. Many young adults get together there to study or work on their projects. You can find many a book club going there to read and discuss the latest books they have read.
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Indigo Chapters is a great place to shop for educational toys for children as well as having a large selection of books to help them learn how to read.
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Clothing in Japan is a mix of traditional and trendy. Much of modern day clothing in Japan is like clothing in the Western world. However, Japanese clothing also include traditional pieces like the kimono.
Tokyo, as the largest city in the world, serves as home to countless fashion trends, from casual to trendy. Many such trends are timeless, and are seen for years after their inception, both in Japan and beyond.
Gyaru (“gal” in Japanese) are casual trends typically for women in their early 20s. These styles consist of brightly colored clothing, which often contrast with dark skin from fake tanning products, and bleached hair. Occasionally, gothic-style dresses are part of Gyaru trends, as is heavy makeup and hair extensions.
Onee Kei is a female version of a male style, Onii Kei. These customs incorporate both American and Italian casual styles. Onee Kei–a highly accessorized style that began in the 1990s and originates in the Gyaru style–incorporates more adult-looking dresses. This style also often projects an overall military-style appearance.
Lolita style incorporates 19th century Victorian and Edwardian dress, which is closely related to the look of porcelain dolls, including bonnets, ribbons and lace.
Decora, short for “decoration,” is a fashion for street wear that calls for a maximum amount of brightly colored clothing. This is also a highly accessorized style, including feather boas, plastic jewelry and multiple layers of socks.
Japanese Streetwear is a general term, but such clothing articles are often taken from Japanese hip-hop culture designs. This style includes military-fashion jackets, high-end branded sneakers and printed t-shirts.
In Tokyo, bustling Japanese neighborhoods have each offered distinct creative flavors for fashion, which often serve as a gauge for trends to be adopted in other parts of the world. It might be said that global fashion, in many cases, takes its inspiration from modern Japanese clothing styles.
Seoul Fashion Week is steadily receiving more attention in the international fashion sphere. It’s not just the runway that has journalists’ and editors’ attention, it’s also the chic fashionistas walking the streets of Seoul. Several trends arose from the city this spring — some are easily achievable, others might require a dash of boldness. Either way, learn these color and pattern trends from Seoul, and you’ll look like a fashion aficionado of the world.
Wear white head to toe this spring, as seen on the runways and streets of Seoul. This season, designer Lee Sang-hyun, for the menswear label Leigh, displayed classic tailored blazers and trousers, both in gleaming white, paired with black sandals. But this trend isn’t reserved for males alone. Many stylish females were photographed in the streets of Seoul wearing slim white pants and white shirts layered under white blazers. If you dabble with this trend, avoid being lost in a sea of white by wearing one piece in either a bold color or black.
Don’t store your winter blacks away just yet. Add a bit of rebellion and an urban vibe to your spring wardrobe by layering a few of your black pieces. A long deconstructed vest with a hem that falls at the knee might be all a male needs to lend a rebellious spin to a black T-shirt and straight trousers. Ladies can dress like a stylish Seoulite in a long sleeve T-shirt layered over a long sheer dress, or skirt with an asymmetrical hem. Accessorize your dark and rebellious outfit with canvas or leather lace-up shoes and you’ll look as sleek as the models from Lee Ju-young’s Resurrection show. Just ensure that everything you’re wearing is black of course.
Males in Pastels
Men, try a pastel hue. Better yet, try two. The monochromatic trend needn’t be reserved for black and white alone. We all know that pastels are perfect colors for women to wear in spring, but many men shy away from soft hues. Men, take a cue from Korean designers Ko Tae-yong or Kim Kyung-min, and embrace soft hues from head to toe. As a rule of thumb, ensure that each separate piece is well tailored. Even if you’re wearing a hooded sweatshirt, ensure that it fits properly. Also, limit the number of patterns. If your shirt is patterned, pair it with a solid colored short and vice versa. By keeping your outfit tailored and sleek, you’ll ensure you’ll look sophisticated and masculine in pastels this spring.
A Bold Splash of Prints
Step out in a bold print for spring. Asian fashion is known for its alternative take on fashion’s rules, and Seoul is no exception. Bold patterns were splashed on the side of men’s trousers and all-over prints decorated women’s sheer maxi skirts on the runways. The trend took to the streets in the form of simple tailored outfits shaken up by colorful patterned pants.
When deciding on a Korean hairstyle for young girls, it is important to consider not only the texture of the hair, but also so the girl’s preferences and activity level. Korean girls who are extremely active or who prefer a low-maintenance routine might want to consider short hair. On the other hand, some Korean girls prefer the look of long hair. Either way, there are a variety of ways to style the hair to match the Korean girl’s preferences.
Some Korean girls prefer to wear their hair long; the length typically falls between the shoulders and the middle of the back. Most Korean girls have completely straight hair. Since it takes time and effort to add curl to the hair, most young girls simply wear their hair straight. Some wear their long hair with shorter layers cut around the face. You can easily add bangs to the hairstyle as well. Cut the bangs straight across the forehead so they are not too long to hang in their eyes.
For girls who like long hair, yet find that it gets in the way too often, consider a medium haircut. With this length, the hair usually falls to the shoulders, where it is styled into a simple bob. The hairstyle does not need to incorporate any layers, as this will only make the hairstyle more difficult to manage. Medium-length hair requires very little maintenance. Either let it hang straight down or hold it back with a headband or bobby pins.
A pixie cut is an extremely short hairstyle that is generally short on the back and sides of the head, and a bit longer on top. This hairstyle is a great choice girls who are extremely active or who do not enjoy spending time on their hair. A popular pixie cut seen on Korean girls involves leaving the front layers long–to the chin or slightly below–and drastically angling the layers back to very short layers at the back of the head. This hairstyle can be maintained quite easily. After washing the hair, it can be left to air dry and will not need any additional styling.
Even if a young girl has a long or medium haircut, there are a variety of ways she can hold the hair back when playing or during the warm summer months. The simplest choice is to pull the hair back into a sleek ponytail: Grasp all the hair together at the crown of the head and secure with an elastic band. For a more interesting hairstyle, pull the hair back into two pigtails, which can be secured just below the ears or at the top of the head, just above the ears. Long hair can be braided down the back of the head. Braids are a popular hairstyle because they not only pull the hair away from the face, but are also visually appealing.
Girls should have their hair cut by a professional, to ensure that the hairstyle they choose is appropriate for their hair texture. Not all hairstyles work with every type of hair. If the hair is extremely thick and coarse, it may be too heavy to wear long. If it is too thin and silky, it may not hold a pixie cut well. Girls should talk about their favorite hairstyles with a stylist, who will help them determine which Korean hairstyle is most appropriate.