backstage buzz | nyfw ss20 pt. two
For part two of our NYFW coverage, we’re returning backstage with photographer Andee Maher to show you what’s upcoming for Spring/Summer 2020. This time, we’re focusing on East Asian designers, showcasing the latest from Chinese brand DAMOWANG and a range of Korean designers featured in the Korean-government sponsored “Concept Korea” event, to Shanghai-based streetwear label Dirty Pineapple.
“Concept Korea” is an event sponsored by the Korean government with the intent of promoting Korean designers outside of the country. The event has been a part of New York Fashion Week for many years running; this year, the showcase focused on two main talents: IISE and LIE.
IISE mixes street style with Korean heritage. With a name that translates to “second generation,” the brand produces designs utilising both traditional and modern crafting techniques. Every piece is made in Korea using Korean materials, blending influences from the country’s history and beyond.
The second feature of this showcase was LIE, helmed by the brother-sister duo of Chungchung and Nana Lee. LIE aims to make affordable luxury womenswear with a multicultural twist – a task it accomplishes through the creative use of tailoring and experimentation with fabric. Pieces in this collection play with a carefully-set geometry, mixing colour and form to create looks both wearable and dynamic.