Since our collaboration last season, I’ve become a huge fan of PartspARTs which is led by a renowned fashion designer, Imseonoc who is involved in prestigious design projects on a national level such as the Olympic performance costumes and dance festivals.
She is one of the few designers in Korea who is deeply involved in textile research and development, as well as showing a great interest in environmental effects of fashion design and manufacturing; therefore, fabrics used in her designs which are mostly neoprene, are a result of many years of hard work developed from scratch while minimizing waste to protect the environment. I mean, when you think about it, this is a huge deal- a typical designer is already busy spending most of her/his time thinking of design-related things, including next season’s concept and such… so when fabric development is a big part of the design process, you can imagine how much more work is added to their already cramped schedule.
The reason I mention this yet again is because neoprene is (surprisingly.. I mean, who would’ve thought?!) all the rage right now in Seoul- when I wore it last October, I was pretty much the only one rocking it, which explains why my outfit received so much media attention.
But the more important thing here is that the type of neoprene fabric Imseonoc uses- is a different kind, which you can easily tell by touching the fabric, and observing the stitching and details both inside and out.
Her material may not be as thick as the others you see in the more accessible shops but are just as effective in keeping you warm while not wrinkling as much. It’s soft but not prone to lint build-up.
In short, they are luxurious neoprene, and she was among the first in the world to specialize in this material that may one day entirely replace the naturally-sourced fabrics that we wear today without a second thought.
While it may seem unapproachable at first, once experienced, trust me, you will not want to take it off- but do keep in mind that not all neoprene are created equal- my advice is, if you are going to do it, go with the best.
I can never get enough of her collection- you’d be surprised to see what she’s able to come up with using only one material: dress, pants, trench coat, maxi dress, you name it. They belong in one of those fancy design shops inside an art museum, I can proudly say- MOMA, are you reading?
It actually took hours to pick out this outfit, mainly due to trying to come up with the coolest color combination that wouldn’t make me look like I was trying too hard while still being fun; effortless chic is the rule to live by when it comes to getting dressed every morning.
Striped cropped top, Violet top layered underneath, Orange striped trousers, Black coat, and Green bag by PartspARTs by Imseonoc, Violet pumps by BCBG, Blue reflective “Frieda” sunglasses by Illesteva, Watch by Qclocktwo by Biegert & Funk