New York Fashion Week F/W 2012: PARKCHOONMOO

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First day at the tents and the butterflies have begun to escape their cocoons in my stomach. Nevertheless, my first day at F/W ’12 Fashion Week I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Parkchoonmoo show at a very awakening 9am start time. Groggy and eager to see what this season has to offer, I rushed to Lincoln Center ready for a great time and even better fashion. Designer Choonmooon Park did deliver.


When you speak about artistic expression and avant-garde couture you should definitely mention Parkchoonmoo. Choonmoo Park’s A/W collection expressed a heavy artistic influence with intricate detail to texture and composition, which produced elaborate story telling pieces, dramatic to say the least. The young Japanese designer has managed to incorporate many aspects of boisterous design, which added a more thematic theme and form to most of the pieces. There was a supreme cinematic use of dark, dense fabrics, including a wool sweater detailed with a fur collar and accents, to the Japanese inspired samurai pant with a leather waistband. With cool neutral colors such as cream and ivory white, the collection could have been mistaken for participating in the S/S season. The collection was definitely an appreciation of form, naturalistic composition and beauty along with an intense interest in art.

Parkchoonmoo’s F/W collection was definitely an entertaining wake-up call for my first day at the tents. I enjoyed the collection for its beauty and sensitivity towards design and intricacy. The collection illustrates the designer’s love for art and acknowledging the brotherhood between art and fashion, which is relevant every year here at Fashion Week. Now I am off, more shows to attend.

Anthony Thomas (TheBedStuyDandy) is the Chief Director of Mamie.1950, an art imperative based menswear line  aimed towards progressing the “greater good of dress” for the male community of the African American diaspora. With intricate design, Mamie.1950 plans to push philanthropy and awareness through the medium of high fashion and contemporary art.

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