One brand added controversy to its runway as it unveiled models wearing gun holster-style belts and violent imagery on hoodies for the New York Fashion Week show.
Concept Korea is biannual government-sponsored fashion show created to give Korean designers a platform outside of their country. On Friday, the group promoted two young designers — LIE and IISE — to feature their collections for the public on one of fashion's most important stages.
For its debut collection, IISE was inspired by the animosity between police and protesters in Korea.
'We have personally witnessed the dynamic between riot police and civilian protestors, reminding us that the world’s progress from dictatorship to diplomacy was built by protest,' the designers wrote ahead of the fashion show.
'That commute, and this collection, is a reminder that protest is not a sign of complication; it’s a sign of community.'
Model after model walked down the runway with gun holster-style accessories slung across their backs to represent the violent protests.
The message was taken one step further when a model stepped out in a hoodie that featured violent imagery of a protest across the fabric.
LIE's Summer 2019 collection, on the other hand, was inspired by 'Amelia Earhart's confidence and energetic image'.
Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and has been a constant source of inspiration for artists and designers because of her groundbreaking symbolism.
'This collection consists of a mix of athleisure wear and tailored looks that create LIE’s signature look,' the brand advertised ahead of the fashion show.
'Bold and soft colors are used defining freedom and comfort to a new journey.'
The mix of both bright colors and earth tones collided well together as each model made their journey down the runway.
Concept Korea is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea and organized by Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).
Its goal is to inform others about overseas fashion and inspire other designers to work towards earning a spot in New York Fashion Week.
The provocative catwalk show comes less than 24 hours after Melbourne-based brand Discount Universe sent models down the catwalk in an array of feminist designs proudly emblazoned with insults and slurs that are so often hurled at women.
'Whore', 'bimbo', 'mindf***', and 'hysterical' were all featured on the clothing and accessories, while other designs featured phrases like, 'Not your baby' and, 'Not for sale'.