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HYÉRES meets Seoul

Each Spring at Villa Noailles – southern France- lounges the latest edition of the Hyères Festival. Since 1985,  more than three hundred solo shows of the newest designers from around the globe were shown at the modernist Villa built in the 20’s decade by Mallet-Stevens. Defined as “ an observatory of trends as well as an international launching pad, the festival’s aim is to offer young talents a genuine professional opportunity.” Along several editions, the festival has revealed the talent of very well known names by these days: Viktor & Rolf, Henrik Vibskov and Gaspard Yurkievich among others. On a join venture with  Seoul Fashion Week, two of the elected designers were gathered to show their work on the Korean runway. Tsolomandakh, born and raised in Mongolia – through her collection Magie Noire,  she revisits cultural and religious references of budism  with a contemporary vision over some elements: ceremonial hats from Lamas, embroidery skulls motivs , the mystic power of the total black made an intense mise-en-scène. Yun Jung Kim, from South Korea , was inspired by the clerical atmosphere on a trip to Spain: the architecture, the nun’s habits, the darkness, the emotion translated on exquisite tailored short jackets, layered maxi skirts and shoulder shaped capes.

These are definitely two names to take note of.

Pictures: Etienne Tordoir/Seoul Fashion Week

– Simona Martinez

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