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Harare Fall 2014


Harare_2 harare_3The controlled chaos and riotous colors of abstract expressionism was present in Harare’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection.
Harare is the namesake of Australian educated, but New York based designer Caroline Fuss.
Drawing upon the works of American artists such as Frankenthaler, Diebenkorn and Rothko, we see a young designer who successfully translates the post war color palette, turning the dial from deep, optimistic blues to a fresh, aquatic teal and yellows that glow from marigold to California sun. We saw nubby, textured wools and quiet pleats, while geometric patterns scattered energetically across coats and fitted trousers.
The feel and mood was still sophisticated with a Native American touch. The collection was cohesive and thoughtful, rounding out a “canvas” of rich colors and textures. – Jeanie Kwak.
Photos by Charles Gigante

CJ Entertainment Korean Cinema Event


CJ Anniversary

The stars of Korean drama and film were out last night, gracing the red carpet event of CJ Entertainment’s 60th Anniversary commemoration of its parent company CJ Group. CJ Entertainment is South Korea’s largest entertainment studio, producing the new wave of highly acclaimed Korean films.

The event was held in the lofty halls of the Museum of Modern Art, where a screening of two films: Safe (director Moon Byoung-Gon) and End of Animal (director Jo Sung Hee) were shown. The event sought to showcase two of its most promising directors and their films to global industry leaders.

Some well known Korean actors in attendance were Lee Byung Hyun, (seen in such thrillers as I Saw The Devil; The Good, The Bad, The Weird; A Bittersweet Life), handsome, baby-faced Goo Soo (Piano; Green Rose; Some White Night; Haunters), Ha Jung-Woo (The Chaser; The Unforgiven; Time; Never Forever; Take Off) and Lee Jin Wook (Nine: Nine Time Travels). Two beautiful Korean actresses were also in attendance: the slight and winsome Gong Hyo-Jin (Crush and Blush; Pasta; The Greatest Love) who had actor Goo Soo by her side, and the stunning Hwang So-Hee who looked elegant in her cream lace dress. Last by certainly not least was Korean pop sensation PSY (Gangnam Style) looking respectfully sedate and dapper in his black suit.
– Jeanie Kwak

Photos by Charlie  Gigante

Heidi Gardner Spring 2014


Last Tuesday night was the SS14 presentation of New York Based jewelry designer Heidi Gardner. Set in a light, airy space at the Highline loft, the stark white minimalism of the dual rooms became the backdrop of Heidi’s slightly dark and macabre aesthetic. Models in nude jumpsuits entered the room  and stood on tall cubes, gesturing slightly with their hands to showcase her work. At eye-length along the white walls were protruding dummy hands or what looked to be driftwood that held up her creations. We saw: a pair of gold majestic looking seahorses that looked to be like hair pins, startling shark jaw pendants, and a gorgeous pincushion of an anemone ring with the darkest pearl laid on top. Another stunner: a gold sting ray cuff with a sharp tail protruding up the arm. Shark tooth rings made a repeat appearance in what looked to be gold, silver and pewter and shark jaws looked like hunter traps but wrapped in gold, still delicate and hanging from a chain. It looked like sea creatures were on the designer’s mind to represent her Spring/Summer collection. Since her past work seemed preoccupied with skulls and human anatomy, it is interesting to see the designer extend her x-ray vision into other exoskeleton worlds.

– Jeanie Kwak

Photos by Charles Gigante