herrera + hanbok

Taking a step back into New York Fashion Week, I had to post something about Carolina Herrera's hanbok-inspired Spring 2011 collection.  Everything from the straw hats, bow detailing, patterned textiles, and garment construction took direct cues from Korean traditional clothing, known as a hanbok.  Herrera mixed elements from both men's and women's clothing and added her signature style to create a beautiful collection.  Each look is wearable and provides an alternative for the traditional European empire waist consumers may be use to. First, some menswear inspired looks; the first being a stark-white modern take on the traditional casual daily wear. Both with the black woven hat.

The assymetrical bow detailing is a characteristic unique to the hanbok, as well as the voluminous skirt. A multi-layered underskirt is worn underneath the hanbok skirt to add volume.  Herrera achieves a similar effect in her gowns; which still are relatable enough for her audience.  Check out all the images from the collection here.
(Carolina Herrera images from elle.com)

Just for your viewing pleasure, some of my favorite contemporary interpretations of the hanbok. so dreamy~
Song Hye Gyo for Vogue Korea, June 2007

me, age 2, washington heights, ny
in our hanboks on our wedding day