South Korea geared up for fall/winter 2013 Seoul Christian Louboutin . The much condensed edition still spotlighted over 30 designers, a mix of established labels as well as emerging young talent. The men’s collections were mostly limited to the first day, but hit it off strong: Juyoung Lee’s Resurrection label, whose fans include Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson, presented stern military greens and occasional splashes of color that take a cue from the Impressionist painters, reported Ines Min, while Jehee Sheen transformed traditional “gat” hats to new levels of chic that Carolina Herrera’s eyebrow-raising spring/summer 2011 collection failed to.
— In the women’s section, the ever-so popular Steve J & Yoni P presented more of their signature couture with a punk attitude, according to Lee Hyo-won, while Paul & Alice brought exciting new tailoring methods to turn classic pinstripes into rompers. pushBUTTON stole the week’s limelight with its relatively demure (only compared to its flamboyant past collections), yet no less edgy, women’s wear that took classic Audrey Hepburn-esque dresses to new levels of sexy contemporary. The Seoul showcase also spotlighted Singapore’s top designers, including jewelry brand Carrie K. and men’s urban wear MILS that kept local buyers and department stores interested.
— In neighboring China, where the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was wrapping up, Belle Zhao provided an up-close and personal style analysis of First Lady Peng Liyuan. Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop also interviewed the London-based, Chinese fashion designer Masha Ma.
— Down in Australia, Dion Lee won the Best Australian Fashion Designer Award at the 2013 Prix de Marie Claire Awards, while his late countryman, actor Heath Ledger, was recognized in the form of limited-edition T-shirts. More movie star-meets-fashion projects were announced this week, including short films by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Prada, while Love magazine’s video of Louis Vuitton’s fall 2013 collection was criticized for glamourizing prostitution, Chloe Wyma reported.
— On the exhibition front, Chanel announced an upcoming presentation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris of the hisotry behind its iconic N°5 perfume. Peter Lindbergh’s famous fashion photography premiered in Korea’s trendy 10 Corso Como, while the upcoming local edition of the globetrotting Gucci Flora show will feature a special lecture by Italian silk artisans. Meanwhile Saint Laurent tapped artist Theodora Allen for a new book.
— On the retail side, Mumbai got its very own Christian Louboutin store, while Missoni revamped its website to integrate not only e-commerce but something akin to “a luxed-up Tumblr,” says Nicholas Remsen. BLOUIN ARTINFO also looked into emerging Nigerian designers based in Lagos, which are being introduced by London-based retailer Selfridges and the like.
— Finally, if you’re wondering what to wear tomorrow, or looking to do some shopping over the weekend, check out artful “whiteout” looks for women and pastel ensembles for men in time for Easter.