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Concept Korea Spring 2013


halk it up to the current K-pop mania happening stateside or the ubiquity of models like Hyoni Kang, but South Korea is having a moment. “There is unbelievable talent in Korea,” Fern Mallis told at the sixth annual Concept Korea presentation held at Lincoln Center yesterday. “You see an incredible sense of workmanship and craft.” Organized by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Concept Korea acts as a platform to expose native fashion designers to the U.S. market. Mallis, along with several industry insiders including Dean of Parsons Simon Collins and stylist Phillip Bloch, handpicked this year’s top five, including Lie Sang Bong (pictured), Kye, Choiboko, Cres. E Dim., and Son Jung Wan, to showcase their Spring ’13 collections during New York fashion week.

“There is a certain freedom you see with Korean designers that manifests itself in a wide variety of styles,” Collins said after the presentation and a short performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company. To that end, looks ranged from Lie Sang Bong’s sophisticated architectural frocks to Kye’s neo-punk ensembles. “My initial inspiration was bullying in school,” explained the label’s designer, Kathleen Kye, who debuted her first womenswear line and has worked as stylist to Seoul-based boy bands Infinite and Shinee. “But I didn’t want that darkness to show in my garments, so I went for a rude-schoolgirl look.” The result? Cropped motocross jackets and kilts emblazoned with graphic lace, skulls—even firearms. According to Kye, “Most of my work has been for the stage but this collection is quite wearable.” It seems buyers agree—Kye’s collection is currently stocked at Opening Ceremony.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Michael Kors, Condfidence Man


Michael Kors is the latest designer to sit down with Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y’s Fashion Icon series. Kors and Mallis go way back, at least to 1991. That year, the ceiling caved in at one of Kors’ shows, precipitating the launch of Seventh on Sixth and the Bryant Park Tents, which Mallis used to run. “You changed my life,” she told Kors. The audience, which included Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer and Anna Wintour, got an education in Kors’ life, starting with his real name (Karl Anderson, Jr.), his fashion-obsessed maternal grandmother (“her proudest thing to say was, ‘I never repeat an outfit’ “), and his early modeling career. “My mom would go on her go-sees and I would go on my go-sees, and she’d put me in a cab by myself. If she did that now she’d be on the cover of the Post.” Among last night’s other revelations: He wore YSL’s Opium “as a boy.” The first thing he designed for men in the early nineties was bodysuits: “snaps and the male anatomy are not a good thing.” And on the night he married his husband, Lance LePere, last year, they had pizza at Sam’s in East Hampton and then went to see The Help. 2011 was a big year for Kors; in addition to getting married, he rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 15, becoming the biggest-ever fashion opening in the Exchange’s history. “How did that feel?” Fern asked. “It beat my bar mitzvah,” Kors said.

Here’s two more exchanges worth repeating:
“And how do you account for your success?”
“If I do my job right, my designs help boost your confidence. We’ve noticed that women at their most vulnerable moments—like, J. Lo two days after breaking up with Ben Affleck—go for Michael Kors.”

“Who will play you in a movie of your life?”
“If it’s a drama and vanity comes into it, I’m gonna have to go with Daniel Craig. If it’s a big box office comedy, Will Ferrell.”

Photo: Joyce Culver for 92Y

Mickey Drexler Is Everywhere At The J.Crew Headquarters, Three Finnish Designers Win Top Honors At The Hyères Festival, Fern Mallis Gets the Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award, And More…


At J.Crew’s office, out of sight isn’t out of mind. CEO Mickey Drexler installed a P.A. system to share thoughts, insights, and occasionally, Bruce Springsteen tracks with the entire staff—even when he’s not around. “”He…checks in from holiday,” Jenna Lyons tells the Observer. “He’s like: ‘Hey, I’m in Saint-Tropez; it’s gorgeous here! Anyway, I’m having lunch at Club 55 and you should see all these people wearing white! We should do more white, it’s summer, do we have enough white?’ It’s hilarious—I love it.” [Observer]

Finnish design trio Siiri Raasakka, Tiia Siren, and Elina Laitinen have been awarded the L’Oréal Professional Jury Grand Prix for the 27th Hyères Festival at the Villa Noailles. The young designers, chosen by a jury that included Yohji Yamamoto, Olivier Saillard, and more, will receive a €15,000 grant and a chance to show their collections during Spring 2013 Paris fashion week. [Paris Vogue]

Former CFDA executive director and senior vice president of IMG Fashion Fern Mallis has been honored with the Pratt Institute’s Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to the fashion veteran last week by Calvin Klein, who described her as a “referee” to designers. [WWD]

The U.K. may have found its next top model. Harper Beckham, daughter of Victoria and David, may be only 9 months old, but she’s already got her first offer in hand. Personalized baby gift company has sent an open letter addressed to Harper herself requesting her modeling services. [Telegraph]




Photo: Ina Jang


IMG On Fashion Week: The Sky Is Not Falling


Top on IMG’s Fall 2009 wish list is to get Mrs. Obama to the tents. “We’re prepared to do what it takes,” proclaimed Fern Mallis, the company’s senior vice president, to the crowd of major journalists and public relations professionals gathered this morning at IMG’s offices. The reason behind the meeting, said Mallis, the self-described “stage mother” to designers, was that it seemed that “the only people getting press are those not showing.” (Though that focus will obviously shift during fashion week.) Still, if you were expecting a lighter New York schedule, think again. Almost every day has slots that are, as per usual, triple or quadruple booked. Though the total number of events has dropped from 225 to 197 since February 2008, Mallis and her team emphasized the fact that at this point there are but four fewer designers slated to present in the tents than there were last fall. As for sponsorships, the PR execs said the money is there, you just have to work harder for it. It’s becoming the mantra of our times. At any rate, you can count on to bring you front-row coverage wherever you are.

Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images for IMG