Doo-Ri Chung launched her new, lower-priced collection, Under.Ligne, earlier this month. Producing those easy, breezy jersey dresses and T-shirts has had an elevating effect on her main line. Meaning she really let it rip when it came to the details, piling on crystal beading, little touches of fur, chain necklaces, and crystal-studded lace stockings.
Yes, she dabbled in the draped jersey pieces she built her business on—an elegant dress in the season's must-have shade of violet that dipped low in front and draped languidly to the floor from a knot below the bust was among the best.
But Chung is becoming just as well known for something we'll call the "statement shirt," a key wardrobe piece in this new age of the omnipresent black legging. The statement might be folding and tucking across the collarbones of a silver silk top so it looks like a cloud is resting on your shoulders. Or it could be a delicate black smoke print on the arm of a white silk blouse, as if your artist friend pulled out a pen and started doodling. As a female designer, she's clued in to those special touches that catch and keep a woman's eye. Do you need another fitted wool blazer? No. What about one with sheer draped jersey sleeves? Why, come to think of it, yes.