As a brand that initially sparked my interest in Korean fashion, VanHart has always had a place in my heart as a brand that almost perfectly captures sophisticated masculinity with a true Italian flair and a subtle touch of Korean sensuality. This, along with the brand’s ambitious vision of achieving the global luxury status continued to escalate anticipation despite having skipped a season last year.
While it’s been amusing to see the Creative Director, Jung Du Young, all over the national broadcast the past year or so, I am beginning to understand what really is happening. For someone who attends about 60 shows per season, I think it’s safe to say that I can pretty much make up a decision whether I like or dislike a certain collection within a few minutes into the show. To be brutally honest, it only takes the first look for me to decide, go figure.
I do not have a clear understanding of the price range for the VanHart pieces; however, I can only assume that they are among the most highly priced menswear in the country, as they claim to have them manufactured in Italy only using the finest Italian fabrics. This background alone sets the tone for menswear greatness but what made VanHart stand out was the wittiness that the global style icon Lino Ieluzzi added to the scene, whose absence is unfortunately yet prevalently obvious in the current collection. As with every other Korean organization, there is no record or report of what really happened to Ieluzzi. Unlike the international fashion industry, Koreans seem to believe that it’s better to stay silent when it comes to organizational restructuring or changes even if it means a significant transformation that everyone can detect, except for themselves. It is understood that these looks are undoubtedly stylish; however, they seem to lack that certain something, that which only “Al Bazar” of VanHart di “Albazar” could fill. Oh, and please, leave Clara alone.
Photos by Justin Shin, fashion photographer Seoul Korea
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