By: Caitlyn Garrity / Feb. 22, 2021
Since its inception at New York Fashion Week in 2010, Concept Korea has been showcasing Korean designers wanting to expand their impact globally. This year, with a virtual challenge, Concept Korea presented their 2021 collection on February 16 via a video. The designers included in this year’s collection were WNDERKAMMER, ul:kin and JARRET. Each designer presented a unique set of looks, drawn from their personal inspirations and trends.
WNDERKAMMER Bringing to Life a Kennedy
Inspired by the late Carolyn Basette-Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy Jr., WNDERKAMMER’s collection stemmed its look from the 1990’s minimalistic era. With muted neutrals, clean cuts and modern businesswear, this collection screamed simplicity and elegance, much associated with the Kennedys. The collection tries to show what Basette-Kennedy would dress like if she were here today, just reimaged for modern fashion.
Ul:kin Shows Sustainability as a Dire Need
With the growing issues surrounding fashion and pollution in our world, Ul:kin centered their FW21 collection around the idea of sustainability. More specifically, their collection focuses on the urgency for sustainable fashion and the consequences that irresponsible use of natural resources will become deadly. They do this through the use of construction and sacrifice through their clothes with unique combinations of material and patching.
JARRET Combining Elements of Outdoor and Home
Finally, JARRET’s collection focused on deep colors than complimented elements of the outdoors. The collection draws from the Spanish concept of Quarencia, space where you draw your strength from and feel completely at home. The clothes are made to be a reflection of the internal battle between yourself and the outside world. Each piece features contrasting fabric and colors that focus on tailoring and classic silhouettes. The collection is clean-cut yet edgy.
Coming off their 11th year at New York Fashion Week, Concept Korea continues to showcase unique and authentic Korean designers on a global platform. With NYFW being virtual this year, it was even easier to showcase international designs to anyone who wishes to view them and spread the missions of each individual designer.