Concept Korea, the collaborative event bringing Korean designers to the U.S. market, celebrates ten seasons at Mercedes-Benze Fashion Week, having kicked into existence in 2010. Three designers shared the spotlight for Spring/Summer 2015: Leyii Designer Seunghee Lee, Beyond CLoset designer Tae Yong, and Resurrection designer Juyoung Lee. Lee concentrated on contemporary cuts and saturated colors or black and white on raw silks; Yong focused on preppy, athleisure menswear with poppy twist; Lee had the most forward collection, with her sophisticated, edgy menswear.
Resurrection designer Juyoung Lee
Australian-based Zimmermann, founded almost 25 years ago in Sydney by sisters Nicky and Simone, called its Spring/Summer 2015 collection “Tell Me, Seer,” and the clothing spoke loud and clear — well, actually whispered softly yet strongly — about the future of fashion for the upcoming season. The words that echoed in my ears were frilly, feminine, floaty, fun to wear. And oh so very, very pretty. Plus, as a mix of swimwear, daywear and evening wear (loved the trench-coat topped long dress), the collection spoke to so many different levels of dress.
Dresses swayed elegantly down the runway, crafted with asymmetrical handkerchief hems. Jackets fit sculpturally, cinched and sashed at waists. Swim suits stepped out ruffled, cut-out and seemed more like bodysuits, in many cases. Patterned chiffon inset with asymmetric panels of lace, was ruffled, long and left simplicity in its wake. Metallics gleamed and glistened. A soft palette of pale peaches beckoned.
Stevie Nicks, do you hear me?!
The Australian designer taking her bow
Models practically floated by as the disco-era song playing at the end of Georgine’s Spring/Summer 2015 runway presentation cooed: “Ooo! Ooo! Let’s All Chant! Your body. My body. Everybody work your body.” And work those bodies did they ever! Luxurious, elegant, sophisticated. This was one collection I was truly lucky to have been brought to by a colleague!
Designer Georgine Ratelband’s eponymous collection of caftans, cabana wear and gold lamé was a toast to the glamour days of disco, tweaked just enough for today’s modern contemporary woman. Floating chiffons, hot pants, cropped leather jackets, gold lamé track suits, neoprene gowns, maillot swim dressing — I half expected Bianca Jagger to saunter down the runway, decked out and ready for a night on the town at Studio 54.
Echoing many of this season’s hottest trends — from sheer to shiny metallics to floaty, long skirts — Georgine embraced the epitome of chicness. I only hope next season this designer will stand on a statement of compassion and change her finale of fur-draped cabana girls into faux-draped animal lovers. That’s a look that can be just as powerful and make just as strong a luxury statement. In fact… C’est plus chic, ma chère. Who needs fur besides the animal it belongs to, especially lounging poolside on a hot summer’s day?