The 2012 Korean Textile & Fashion Trade Show was held this year on November 28th and 29th at the glamorous Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Beautiful and scenic dim lighting accompanied by a live DJ, Celebrity guest speakers, a mini red carpet, and a myriad of boutique styled fashion booths with Korean fabrics/garments were the highlights of the show.
Other then the excitement of being the biggest recognized Fashion Textile show in New York, the event is also a way of bringing the Korean Fashion market to the fashion capital of the world. The two day event featured various textile, fabric and garment exhibitors from leading Korean fabric/garment manufacturers, a Fashion Market in New York Q&A Seminar, Fashion Designer’s Collection Showcase, and Korean Textile Case-Study among others.
Keynote speakers for the event included fashion icon Paper Magazine Editorial Director Mickey Boardman who spoke about the role of the media in building a fashion brand and Korea’s emerging presence in the global fashion landscape. Famed celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch who gave attendees a warm and inviting welcome as did Fashion Retailer Steven Alan. Designer Erin Fetherson, and Global Purchasing Companies Director Mercedes R. Gonzalez also made guest appearances.
Among the sea of various garment and textile booths stood out a handful– Monte Milano and Lee Yeon Industrial Co.Ltd among them. Monte Milano, a Korean based fashion line, showcased on trend floral prints (tops) and bold and bright colorful geometric patterns (outerwear ). When asked what was the inspiration behind the collection Designer and CEO Sylvia Oh stated ‘I want to make clothes that make people happy” citing the bright colors of the collection. Monte Milano is an affordable line with pieces ranging from $25-$49. www.MonteMillano.net
Likewise accessories magnet Storona by Lee Yeon Industrial Co. Ltd beautiful display of crafted handbags and accessories also made for a noticeable display. Standout pieces from the display included an army fatigue printed tote and an all white baguette, cosmetic bag and cross body trio. In addition to her own line of accessories designer Lee Yeon Ja also designs items for runway favorite Anna Sui. www.leeyeon.com
In addition to Korean Fusion Hor d’Oeuvres guest dined to a Live DJ while sipping cocktail mingles at the standing party. If The 2012 Korean Textile & Fashion Trade Show is any indication it is that the Korean fashion market is a dynamic mix of fashion, fun and verve.