In case you hadn¿t noticed, there¿s been an Australian fashion invasion lately. And though you wouldn¿t expect that the Seoul-based husband-and-wife team Hanii Yoon and Gene Kang would be part of it, their new collection was in fact inspired by a trip Down Under. Specifically, they took as their central concept an intricate patchwork modeled after Lab architecture¿s glass-and-metal mosaic of buildings in Federation Square, Melbourne.
Though beautifully made, these patchworkscircling the yoke of a chemise or banding the bust of a silver jumper dressdidn¿t have much resonance. But that isn¿t to say the collection didn¿t have appeal. Especially interesting were the tight pants with buttons at the back of the heel, and a black silk-taffeta moiré tuxedo with four large bone buttons that would even turn Beau Brummell¿s head. The slinky, silky champagne-and-caviar dresses were pretty, too.
But the best looks were the more substantial, tailored ones: coat-dresses (a red moiré and a black double-breasted one) and a jacquard trapeze jacket with a drawstring closure. The pièce de résistance was a short, black sheared-mink coat with puffed sleeves. It fairly bloomed with fur roses.