September 10, 2005
Hanii Yoon and Gene Kang are true romantics. The collections the Korea-based husband-and-wife design team have shown in New York for the past six seasons have been valentines, ones that have often been overly sweet. But their spring show found them hitting their stride. From the first look to the last, the duo touched on many of the major themes of the week: white eyelets, saucy sailor looks, a touch of menswear. The styling emphasized the easier mood: The models wore their hair long and loose, and many of the looks were topped with fresh-from-the-beach strands of beads. The duo must have a crush on the trench, because they offered about five wonderful versions of it, in light blue, a crinkled sheer gray, and in a casually belted sleeveless dress version. Handwork showed in the form of ruched bodices and patchworked pieces, and one long, sand-colored linen dress worn by Anja Rubik was delicately embroidered. Yoon and Kang went a bit astray with their sunny polka dots, but all in all, it was easy to take a shine to this collection.