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Korean designers bring Asian influence to NY fashion week

Published on Feb 8, 2013 7:07 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Whether it is sexy and sophisticated, colorful and playful or bold and edgy, Korean fashion designers showing their fall and winter 2013 collections at New York Fashion Week on Thursday brought an Asian flair to the runway.

Five designers selected to be part of the Concept Korea project to showcase Korean talent proved the nation's fashion industry is thriving with tailored, razor-sharp cuts, creative use of color and fabrics, whimsical patterns and architectural shapes.

"I want to tell the story of our culture," said Lie Sang Bong, who has been a designing for 32 years and is showing for the fifth time at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Centre, which runs through Feb 14.

The antique window panes of Korean houses are an interweaving motif in his collection - in patterns on dresses and blouses and cutouts in tailored coats and jackets.

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