Five Rising Fashion Stars from Seoul

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South Korea’s reputation as an Asian style hub is nothing new to fashion cognoscenti, but until recently Seoul was better known on a global scale as an exporter of K-pop. Here, five new must-know designers.


Low Classic

Designer Lee Myeong Sin had young women in mind for this collection of printed, workwear-inspired uniforms that paired bra tops with oversized, smocked bottoms.

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Lucky Chouette

Designer Jae Hyun Kim effortlessly mixes girly elements like ruffles with more masculine silhouettes like oversized overalls for a look tailor-made for tomboys.

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Steve J. and Yoni P.

The designing couple Hyeok-Seo Jeong and Seung-Yeon Pae studied at London’s Central Saint Martins before launching their collection, which has been an underground favorite for years. They just opened a big store in Seoul’s Sinsa-dong district, where fans can now purchase their “Naughty but Attractive” collection, which includes girly gingham, short short and crop top combos, plus jeans that go with just about everything.

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American-born Kathleen Kye, who got her design start styling K-pop bands, is one of the biggest stars of the Seoul scene. This season, she was inspired by ‘mean girls,’ which comes through visually in a twisting snake print, lots of geometric Lurex knits and distressed sequin warm-ups.

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Supercomma B.

Bohyun “Bonnie” Lee launched her collection with a shoe and sneaker label, and has since expanded into a line of androgynous sweatshirts and trainers that are beloved by K-pop hip-hop stars Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae.

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