Audrey Magazine – KUMANN YOO HYE JIN

Inside South Korean Label KUMANN YOO HYE JIN – Min A. Lee For Audrey Magazine

“Futuristic Folklore” is a befitting title to understanding HyeJin Yoo’s perspectives on spring fashion with her presentation for KUMANN YOO HYE JIN 2015.  This isn’t a collection for those who prefer safer, ready-to-wear lines. This is about appreciating symbolism, engineering and a bit of mathematics.  Beauty is found within the heavily structured looks with a nod towards today’s science fiction animation and technology printed on pastel jacquards, organzas and cottons.  Yes, those are definitely spaceships.  If you aren’t into sci-fi, she has equally interesting and provoking designs in neutral to bright shades.

Yoo works endlessly to create masterpieces that are becoming the future we can expect from the Kumann studio, while she continues to build stability for the label.  We knew viewing her clothing would bring thoughtful discussion, so we reached out to learn more about this designer that expertly molds together so many contrasting ideas into a well-balanced and fluid collection.

Audrey Magazine: When you became the head of Kumann, how did you want to redefine the label, and how do feel that style translates into your current SS 2015 collection?

HyeJin Yoo: Kumann is the name originated from the early studio of the company. When I decided to start working on the label, I felt that I needed to reconsider the story of the studio, and its original value and identity. I have been re-identifying the brand’s characters in constructive design and original graphic patterns, which are based on different concepts of seasonal collections. Particularly, for spring and summer 2015, I interpret the concept of the future and folklore with specific color arrangements and computer-embroidered spaceship images made in 3D graphics.

AM: With the SS 2015 concept of “Futuristic Folklore,” have you always had an interest in those patterns and sci-fi animation?  What inspired you to put the two concepts together as one?

HJY: Sci-fi movies and ideas of cyborgs have been greatly influencing my ideas. I am directing the brand as a high-end boutique, but I do love to mix it up with images and symbols from sub-culture. I have also been very much interested in the theoretical ideas of time and space in a parallel universe, and in Buddhism. Basically, I think that people are very accustomed to a dichotomous way of thinking. Dualism affects our perceptions and languages by dividing things in the extreme, but I think that any of those two extremes could be blended just like other previous concepts, ‘Nostalgic Future’ and ‘Urban Shamanist’.

AM: What sort of emotions do you hope to evoke for viewers and wearers of your designs?

HJY: I am drawing a woman who wears uniqueness and originality of her own. I hope both viewers and wearers have exceptional experiences and at the same time will feel assertive and happy.

AM: Can you share with us some of the challenges and accomplishments you’ve had with your current collection?

HJY: Making clothes is accompanied with various problems, especially a small boutique business like us. I am trying to set stable and secure finances to save the scale of business. Since we have launched the brand named KUMANN, we also just opened a shop with a mid-low brand ‘K. kumann’ last September at DOOTA in Seoul. I am hoping that it could be a good start to keep the business safe. – See more at: http://audreymagazine.com/inside-south-korean-label-kumann-yoo-hye-jin/#sthash.BPRxtElV.dpuf

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All Photos Courtesy Of Audrey Magazine Via Kumann

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Audrey Magazine – Seoul Fashion Week Menswear

Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2015 Kicks Off With Menswear – Min A. Lee For Audrey Magazine

This past winter’s street style was a good predictor of outerwear expectations for fall 2015, and opening day of Seoul Fashion Week had plenty of coats and jackets to inspire men for later this year.

Keep reading for a quick break down for Day One of the week long event. Wintry, dark hues were favored, but Beyond Closet gave us a splash of light, camel hues and colorful motifs.

We picture these designs being favored among the youthful and urban street-wear lovers.

Looking for clean, office-worthy styles?  Check out Jehee Sheen’s collection of slim-fitting suits and effortless coats.  Styled together they are rather eye-catching, especially when worn with interesting dress shirts as Sheen’s models were outfitted for the runway.

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A.AV showcased more casual, street looks.  Layered jackets and pea coats paired with relaxed fit bottoms and tops were favored and we know we’ll see plenty of street style photos this coming winter from Seoul influenced by A.AV’s showcase. See more at: http://audreymagazine.com/seoul-fashion-week-fw-2015-kicks-off-with-menswear/#sthash.XQqZQiHi.dpuf

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Images From Audrey Magazine Via SFW

 

Audrey Magazine – Seoul Fashion Week Highlights

Seoul Fashion Week Highlights S/S 2015 Runway – Min A. Lee for Audrey Magazine

We’ve brought you some of our favorite street styles from the models and attendees of Seoul Fashion Week, but the runway has produced some stunning designs from on-trend contemporary looks to avant-garde cuts made to inspire the next generation of fashion designers that come out of Korea.

Main themes of spring and summer 2015 for Korea have taken form in monochromatic gradients with splashes of color, visual and textural floral patterns and sheer fabrics. Some trends continue from this past summer and current fall with leather biker jackets and slit hem skirts, but are reimagined by the individual designers.  We find contemporary fashion is still gravitating towards loose, boxy cuts, but mixed with fitted options for those who always feel drawn to classic, natural waistlines.  The sheer fabrics offer opportunities to layer up or stay cool when spring makes a warm turn for summer.

Below are some more covet-worthy looks from Seoul Fashion Week. – See more at: http://audreymagazine.com/author/min-a-lee/page/4/#sthash.vzDh6ni2.dpuf

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Feature Image BAKANGCHI and Image CARNET DU STYLE courtesy of Audrey Magazine

 

 

Audrey Magazine – Seoul’s Favorite Street Style Photographer Alex Finch

  • A few years back I stumbled on Alex Finch’s captivating street style photography, and it became a daily addiction to see what new looks would pop up on his blog and social media sites.  With the progression of the fashion industry within Seoul and South Korean designers gaining new levels of recognition, there’s so much movement all-around, I expect that in the coming years SFW (Seoul Fashion Week) has the potential to be considered a prominent stage for international design houses and brands.  I truly feel Finch’s work helped bring a broader audience to SFW, as the the styles found outside the shows can be just as compelling.  It was very enjoyable having the chance to interview him for Audrey (full interview here).

An Inside Look Into Seoul’s Street Style Trends With Alex Finch – Min A. Lee

Winter trends continue on the streets of Seoul as we move towards the New Year with cozy knits, layers and oversized coats to keep out the biting chill.  Looking back over the street trends of 2014, we decided to give you a short reading break from what is “in” for Korean fashion, and instead share a bit of an inside perspective of these flowing fads and beloved street portraits.

With over a hundred thousand followers and thousands of re-blogs daily, Alex Finch’s photos straight from Seoul have captured everyone’s attention on social media to online galleries for Vogue.  While he’s out finding intriguing looks, we ask him what is it about Seoul and its fashionable people that attract growing international appreciation.

Audrey Magazine: Compared to other Asian metropolitans, what fascinates you about the fashion found on the streets of Seoul worn by its city dwellers?

Alex Finch: I should start by saying that I have only seriously shot in Seoul, but have been in Tokyo a few times. I think that I like the “fashion with restraint” (don’t remember where I heard that, but I think it fits) that makes for a good selection of photos with variety. Different areas of the city definitely give you groupings of different styles, but I like the variety I see on the streets that I frequent.

AM: You’ve been taking street portraits for quite awhile, do you feel Korean fashion is more about current trend or individual eclecticism?

AF: Again, I think there’s a mixture of both. I hear a lot of people say that Koreans just follow whatever trends are around, but I’m not sure that’s any different to any other nation that falls outside the main fashion centres of the world. However, I have some friends who don’t seem to follow any trends and just make up their own style on the go. I admire that a lot.

AM: Your photos were extremely popular during Seoul Fashion Week, is there more buzz outside versus indoors while runway shows are being presented?  Can you share with us how a day goes spent capturing all the amazing outfits being worn at the seasonal SFWs?

AF: First, I should say thank you. Most of the photographers I shoot regularly with would rather be outside shooting the street and what they see more commonly on famous foreign photographers’ websites during fashion weeks, but I did enjoy shooting backstage during this season because I got to speak to the models and try a new style.

AM: What intrigues you more during your street portraits, the individual garments people wear or how they style things as a whole?  What makes the image have more impact?

AF: I honestly think it depends. Shooting for this long, I have seen instances of both. When I’m snapping without asking, it’s usually an item that I see, be it shoes or a bag. When I’m shooting a full body portrait, then the entire look makes a difference. – See more of the interview and images at: http://audreymagazine.com/an-inside-look-into-seouls-street-style-trends-with-alex-finch/#sthash.ViKKMYl2.dpuf

Feature Image Via Audrey Magazine & Alex Finch

Audrey Magazine: Korean Designer Tae-yong Ko Interview

Interview With Successful South Korean Fashion Designer Tae-yong Ko Of Beyond Closet, View The Full Article With Imagery Here.

Korea Herald hails Tae-yong Ko as one of South Korea’s most popular and sought after designers.  In the midst of working on his upcoming international collections, and appearing alongside celebrities Zico from Block B and P.O for the television show Fashion King Korea’s second season, we were able to catch up with the busy designer after two very successful and critiqued showings during New York and Seoul’s Fashion Weeks.  Ko shares with us his aspirations for his brand Beyond Closet, some favorite moments from both the spring 2015 shows and an in-depth look into the most recent collection. – See more at: http://audreymagazine.com/seoul-fashion-week-interview-tae-yong-ko/#sthash.6o61EYaD.dpuf

Audrey Magazine & Seoul’s Metallic Trend

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Gear up for fall and winter this year with inspiration from Seoul’s Metallic Trend!  Read my full article at the link below:

http://audreymagazine.com/seoul-fashion-weeks-metallic-fall-trend/