December 11, 2011
Doo-Ri Chung is an art buff. Her recent collections have referenced the works of Aubrey Beardsley (Spring) and Sonia Delaunay (Resort), and now it's the contemporary collagist Cecil Touchon's turn for pre-fall. Touchon's graphic influence was evident in the laser-cut geometric punctures on the neck and hemline of a simple black shift, as well as in the blown-up and micro "confetti" prints used throughout the lineup. For the most part, Chung played it safe, sticking with her strong suits (draping, jersey, and that top-selling trenchcoat), although she did tweak her template slightly, cutting a few pieces from a sturdier, bonded jersey that added sculptural appeal. Experimenting with unexpected volumes and shapes worked out well here for Chung: The standout look was an emerald wool topper with a cocoon-ish silhouette and dégradé needle punching, which came over a mixed sequin dress.