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Lie Sangbong’s spring/summer 2016 show, “Bojagi,” was a light, geometric collection in an array of ways. Upon walking into the runway’s room, oversized cotton and steel dandelions were lit up, towering over the walkway, and some of its fluffy petals were hung high over the entranceway. Dong-Shik Row—the artist responsible for the large-scale dandelion sculptures—complemented Mr. Lie Sang Bong’s imaginative and fantasy-fueled show from the start.
The show began shortly after, with a slow turn of bright white lights, and within moments, we were immersed into a show of asymmetrical, origami-like folds, and structured, yet lightweight garments. Shirts and shirtdresses were soft, and contrasted a sturdy hand stitch. A series of blue shades were incorporated into the linear and abstract graphic prints, and pieces ranged from sheer trench coats to simple, sophisticated skirts. Layering played a key role in the new collection, creating an optical illusion that many aspects of the Japanese culture evolve around.
“This season is all about combining and playing with fabrics,” said Mr. Lie. “So it’s almost as though, through a unique mix of traditional and innovative materials, we’re creating something remarkably new.”
Remarkably new, yes, and remarkably repurposed too. Ramie, a fabric similar to linen, was turned into a more textured, new-age material—and one that proves to be one of Mr. Lie’s newest innovative materials, available in March 2016.