This was my first time being invited to Doo-Ri Chung’s presentation and as a great fan of her work, I was really excited to see her in action. First exposed to her talent as a nominee for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (and one of the subjects of the 2005 Douglas Keeve documentary Seamless), I was excited to see the Mistress of All Things Draping live and in person. I’m thrilled to say that I wasn’t disappointed.
From my vantage point (which was so close to the runway I was able to shoot video of the finale walk for you to see it) the pieces were absolutely stunning. Inspired by “the elegant haunting movement of the Buton” (as stated on the run of show on my seat), I was treated to a color palette that was serene with pops of the dramatic and a ghostly, fluid collection of clothes that were draped and cut to perfection. In short, I want every single thing she sent down the runway but I’m going to post a few of the looks here.
It’s almost impossible to describe every single item’s joy and artistry because there were thirty-one looks in the collection and I only have so much space. From the swathed draping across the upper shoulders that turned into a high neckline to knit sleeves, one-shoulder silhouettes that enticed, laser cutting that gave sharp definition and shape (perfect for corporate dolls who need to cut a deal, just saying) to slinky gowns and bodysuits, each piece in my eyes was utter perfection.
She used a variety of fabrics (waffle-stitch knits, shearling, leather, jersey, twill, silk georgette, neoprene) and silhouettes to hug every curve, to move with the body in a haunting, enticing manner, much like her inspiration. Her work is sheer brilliance.
But don’t take my word for it. Watch the finale walk for yourself.