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Posted : 2013-03-26 17:35
Updated : 2013-03-26 17:35

Black is still the new black in men's fashion

Models walk the runway displaying creations from designer Cy.Choi at the IFC Seoul in Yeouido, one of the venues of Seoul Fashion Week, which is held in March and September every year.                                                      / Yonhap


By Kim Young-jin


Dark colors and unique designs dominated the runways on Monday and Tuesday as Korean designers rolled out their menswear collections to kick off the Fall/Winter 2013 Seoul Fashion Week (SFW).

The first two days of the biannual event, which runs through Saturday, highlighted men’s clothing, considered a strong point of the Korean fashion industry.

This year’s event is being held at two venues, the IFC Mall in Yeouido and Blue Square in Hannam-dong.

Kim Seoryong kicked off the festivities at the IFC with a collection highlighting deep-colored suits that are wearable, but show a flair for glamour.

Groundwave, presented by Kim Sun-ho, featured winter-wear including coats finished in dark colors such as black and navy made of wool and cotton.

Sheen Jee-hee was the highlight of the first day, drawing favorable reviews for his use of short trousers as well as his concept of blending traditional Asian elements into his designs.

Han Dong-woo of Irony Porn delivered some wearable designs at Blue Square, including turtlenecks and high-collar shirts, grey and black woolen coats. He raised eyebrows with his choice of makeup, which created an androgynous look; and the use of a female model to showcase menswear.

Things took a turn toward the conceptual with work by Song Hye-myung, whose Dominic’s Way presented bold, gothic designs heavy on the leather, capes, studs and chains, which the models presented to Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams.” 

The most anticipated show Tuesday was that of Ko Tae-yong, known for his “dandy” stylings that feature splashes of color as well as short pants and trousers.

The IFC portion of SFW is run by INNOCEAN Worldwide and sponsored by Seoul City; while the events at Blue Square are organized by the Council of Fashion Designers in Korea (CFDK). The CFDK event mostly consists of leading Korean designers and operates without funding from Seoul. 

SFW is split into two strands: “Seoul Collection,” which features top designers at the core of the local industry; and “Generation Next,” which aims to spotlight up-and-coming talent.

SFW is held twice a year and organizers say it hopes to turn Seoul into a top-5 Fashion Week destination, joining New York, Paris, London and Milan.


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