By now, the scene outside any fashion show is familiar—an army of street-style photographers stacked on top of one another, grappling for the best shot of arriving editors and celebrities. The Concept Korea event brought that scene indoors this weekend at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, hosting editors and bloggers curious about new talent. Spearheaded by the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the showcase introduced five brands well-known in their homeland but seeking a wider audience in America. As professional and amateur paparazzi pressed in for photos, designers from DOHO, Son Jung Wan, Steve J & Yoni P, Lie Sang Bong, and Resurrection presented looks for inspection, posing proudly in front of their work.
Most established of the bunch and often dubbed the “Korean McQueen,” Lie Sang Bong explained techniques he uses to earn that moniker. “Inspired by a traditional Korean architecture technique, I wanted to incorporate past, present, and future by mixing materials like silk with very high-tech leathers and hologram trim.” The resulting feminine, futuristic pieces included one of the most-admired items of the night—a leather vest treated to shimmer like a beetle wing.