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Yoonsun Choi

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“I applied lessons learned over six years of training as a painter to the aesthetic of my garments, which juxtapose delicate prints on a sportswear collection and combine ancient painting techniques and modern digital printing.”

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Yoonsun Choi is from South Korea, where she earned a BFA prior to enrolling at Parsons. During her studies at Parsons, her background in fine art helped her to achieve a unique aesthetic, which she applied in full in her thesis collection. “Inspired by my own Oriental painting, this collection represents a study in contrasts. I applied lessons learned over six years of training as a painter to the aesthetic of my garments, which juxtapose delicate prints on a sportswear collection and combine ancient painting techniques and modern digital printing.

“Floral prints complement the movement created by the oversize, simple shapes of the garments. Fragile yet vibrant, flowers epitomize the contradictions found in nature, providing the perfect visual foundation to build my collection. Modern digital printing techniques enabled me to transfer painted images onto organza, organdy, chiffon, stretch fabric, jersey, cotton, and leather. Accents to the prints were hand-painted on organza and organdy.

“The collection also pairs accessories associated with an active lifestyle, such as a skateboard and headphones, with elegant floral paintings. Although the uses for these items may at first seem to conflict with the way they have been adorned, flowers also embody vibrancy and movement. This collection is a study of such contradictions, blending ancient with modern, delicate with vibrant, sophisticated with the unrefined.”

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Frieze the Day

Fashion and art have a habit of finding each other, as they did on the third floor of Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s boutique on Friday night. Enlisting Dries Van Noten as its cohost, the retailer invited the likes of Nan Goldin and Elizabeth Peyton to dinner to fete Frieze New York, as well as Ethan Wagner and Thea Westreich Wagner‘s new book, Collecting Art for Love, Money, and More. Van Noten paid a visit to Frieze before heading to the party. “It was my first time here, and actually, I think I prefer it to London,” said the designer, noting that he appreciated the creativity and the ease of the fair. When guests nestled into their spots at the seemingly mile-long dinner table, Van Noten’s friend of more than twenty years, Maria Cornejo, slid into the spot next to him. “My favorite thing about Dries is that he’s a man, but he really knows how to make clothes for a woman,” she said.

On Saturday, friends of Paddle8 and Bulgari crammed into new Greenwich Village eatery Carbone to count down the final hours of the online auction Vanguard, which Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) curated to raise funds for upcoming public art projects in locations from New York to Shanghai. “The art world has been mostly resistant to the Internet, but no one can resist it forever,” said Simon de Pury, who had come to auction off a few pieces in the flesh. “It’s been very exciting to see companies like Paddle8 position themselves online—it’s going to completely transform the landscape of the market.”

Farther downtown, at the Clocktower Gallery, Visionaire threw a bash with G-Shock in honor of its sixty-third issue. “Forever,” as the new release is called, weighs in at eight pounds of stainless steel and consists of just ten plates, and it was no easy feat translating 2-D images into 3-D renderings to be made into molds. “There’s a reason why there aren’t all-metal publications out there,” editor Cecilia Dean told Style.com. “It’s a difficult process, especially if you’re doing a body or a face that’s supposed to be beautiful or recognizable.”

In keeping with the theme, the space was lined entirely with tinfoil, all of the cocktails were mixed with drinkable glitter, and the dress code read, “sparkle.” Dean wore a custom Ohne Titel dress with a mirrored mosaic skirt, Ladyfag made a Reynolds Wrap bandeau, and Sofia Sanchez de Barrenechea‘s embellished Chanel wedges set off the metal detectors at security.

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May 9, 2013  7:32 am

9123a style hunter3 double visionSetting yourself apart—that’s what fashion is about, right? Still, there are few things more striking than seeing a group of trendsetters dressed alike—especially if the matching is unintentional, almost telepathic. We noticed several of these serendipitous moments during the Fall shows, including identical Opening Ceremony varsity jackets, his and hers Nikes, and a pair of friends clad in similar printed looks from Mary Katrantzou’s new collection. Le 21ème photographer Adam Katz Sinding, who frequently captures these kinds of instances, told Style.com, “I think, instinctively, we are drawn to symmetry and proportion. Seeing two identical buildings on the street or twins is interesting because it catches our eye and makes us look twice. I like the rare occasions when things seem to fall into line.”

Here, our favorite two-for-one moments.

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Jarvinia Jinying Li

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“My collection evolved from a painting I created about my relationship with my family. My life is the reflection of their expectations; meanwhile, I struggle to find my own shadow and my own way of life.”

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Jarvinia Jinying Li was born in Zhuhai, China, and immigrated to San Francisco. As a student at Parsons, she has developed a passion for avant-garde textile design inspired by the richness of fashion history and a multitude of ethnic cultures. “I believe that fashion is a cosmopolitan blend of history and culture; it is the beauty of humanity and the joy of individual expression. I start the design process based on conceptual ideas, and then I transform these ideas through the manipulation of textiles before I sketch the design. My thesis collection, Shadow Reflection, truly speaks to my design identity. My collection evolved from a painting I created about my relationship with my family. My life is the reflection of their expectations; meanwhile, I struggle to find my own shadow and my own way of life.

“In preparation for my thesis, my interest in textiles prompted me to study weaving, and I proceeded to purchase a loom. Life is like a long and intense weaving process, and the unpredictable outcomes are breathtaking. So to illustrate the richness that is the tapestry of life, I have handwoven all of my materials. I contrasted delicate beads with waxed cotton, and horsehair braid and horsehair tubing with mohair. The conceptual idea of Shadow Reflection expresses how pieces of shadows were transformed into a collection through an evolutionary journey with a loom and an eclectic assortment of materials.

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Flora and Fauna

Once you’ve reconstructed an enormous, traditional Singaporean house on the island’s tony Dempsey Hill, showing a Cruise collection there is only half the point. The other half: throwing an enormous, untraditional Singaporean house party, naturally.

Months of planning—and, presumably, an investment rivaling the GDP of a small nation—had gone into refurbishing and building out the villa at Loewen Cluster. “It’s like a Chanel wedding!” one attendee whispered as champagne-bearing waiters circled in the gloaming. But maybe de-furbishing would be the better word. Even the brand-newest structures had a weathered, slightly wilted tropical glamour. “For us Europeans, this looks very much the mood, the spirit of this part of the world,” Karl Lagerfeld had just finished saying, as the party kicked into gear. “I like the idea that it’s not too impeccable. There’s a romantic charm new things cannot possess.” The new made old—hence Bahaina, the Filipino girl group, Chanel’s music maestro, Michel Gaubert, booked to serenade the crowd with Andrews Sisters-style covers of contemporary pop hits. (Tables of models, fresh from the runway, competed to place Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber songs stripped of their usual high-production gloss.) Likewise Señor Coconut, the German electronic producer, who cobbled together a multipiece band to mambo-fy every song they touched.

With an ambience like that, how could attendees not have gotten into the groove? Even Carine Roitfeld, Parisienne tout court, was wearing a tropical bloom tucked into her hair. (Singapore produces some of the world’s finest orchids, and is justly proud of its incredible botanical gardens.) There are limits, of course. Dakota Fanning, in town for barely twenty-four hours, seemed a little alarmed at the prospect of snakes in the grass. Can’t have the flora without the fauna, as it turns out. But even that threat didn’t keep the gathered masses from mobbing the dance floor when London deejays Horse Meat Disco took their turn.

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