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MBFW First Look | Concept Korea Fall/Winter 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion week is practically just around the corner and some designers are teasing us with a sneak peek of their inspirations and sketches for their Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Returning again to highlight the best of Korean designers, Concept Korea once again offers CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko, CRES. E DIM. By Hongbum Kim, KYE by Kathleen Kye, LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong and SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan the chance to showcase their amazing Fall/Winter 2013 Collections at Lincoln Center. The theme of this season’s runway show is ”Rhythm of Korea”, setting the Stage alive with a fusion of various traditional Korea music that represents the spirit of Seoul. Check out the designers’ inspirations below:

KYE by Kathleen Hanhee Kye

A 2011 graduate of Central Saint Martins, KYE is already a favorite among the world’s most powerful retailers, including Opening Ceremony and Harvey Nichols. Her collection is described as, “Fun-loving fashion: extraordinary fashion concepts and shapes that render fashion art products.”

CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko

Fashion does not dress the body, but dresses the soul. CHOIBOKO considers the social component of fashion with interest in human nature from a philosophical point of view. Using tangible/intangible cultural traditions, Choi develops a unique identity by making his designs modern and global. His hidden message is expressed in surrealistic way by transforming ordinary nature into glamour and modernity. 
CHOIBOKO’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Dance of Gods,” it mixes various abstract images of nature as if it to create a dance. ”Dance of Gods’ is abstract expression that symbolizes the magic of comfort and hope. For more information on CHOIBOKO, go to

CRES. E DIM. by Hongbum Kim

CRES. E DIM. Draws from the musical term ‘crescendo e diminuendo,’ with ‘CRES’ meaning ‘getting gradually louder,’ and ‘DIM’ reflectively meaning ‘getting gradually softer’ – Hongbum Kim applied this theory to his fashion identity. His philosophy involves juxtaposing the look of a naturally flowing river against strong shapes, cuts and color. 
CRES. E. DIM’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Secondary Nature.” The collection expresses nature’s mystery with different methods using Technology (secondary nature) and inspiration drawn from Tokujin Yoshioka and Helmut Newton. For more insight into CRES. E DIM, go to

LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong

Lie Sang Bong uses the process of invention and reinvention by fusing art and culture. The collection combines unique volume, form, and geometrical shapes of the human body, with an energized flair.
LIE SANG BONG’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Retro.” The collection is a reinterprets 1950 imagery with a modern touch. Get to know Lie Sang Bong at

SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan

SON JUNG WAN creates practical and compact silhouettes by using a minimalist approach to New York’s taste and sensibility. Romantic, retro and glam are elements that are portrayed by using beautiful fabrics that create a light and feminine feel. 
SON JUNG WAN’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Dynamic Romance,” and was inspired by abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky and the beauty of The Catherine Palace. She draws from Kandinsky’s use of color and geometric shapes, infused with beauty of The Catherine Palace’s elegant, flamboyant colors. Indulge in the beauty of SON JUNG WAN at

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