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Hanuk - 2006

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Designer Hanuk Kim cultivated a personal sense of cultural diversity at an early age, when his family moved from Korea to the U.S. After studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Parsons School of Design, Hanuk lived in Paris and later debuted his womenswear and menswear collections at the acclaimed Heyers fashion festival in the South of France. Following a stint with designer Narcisso Rodriguez, Kim launched an accessories line that was featured at Jeffrey, Barneys New York and Takashimaya.

Kim's designs are both pretty and functional, playing with line and form to transform everyday items into pieces of art. Kim draws inspiration from a variety of objects and experiences-old photographs, books, fashion magazines, media and city life-to create chic, art-infused designs.

Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, September 2006

Hanuk Kim presented his Spring 2007 collection in New York's trendy Meatpacking District during Spring Fashion Week. The collection highlighted Kim's expertise in tailoring and his ability to manipulate multiple fabrics, including wool, corduroy and leather. Black, straight cut trousers were treated with a stripe overlay, as were a selection of boxy tops and flat front dresses. A memorable blue cape and backless halter dress were both adorned with a sash tie at the neck, an accent that later decorated Hanuk's jacket waists on the runway.

Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, February 2007

New York's Wallspace Gallery was the backdrop for Hanuk Kim's Fall 2007 collection during Fall Fashion Week. Eight crimson designs artfully displayed on rod iron constructions contrasted the gallery's stark space.

Kim chose rich red hues in satin, leather and summer wool for his collection of mini dresses. Each piece personified his signature details: plunging necklines, gathered pleats, unfinished seams, open backs, kimono-like sleeves and oversized neck ties.

Collaborating with four artists who sketched unique images on two of the dresses, Kim traced the artwork in satin ribbon detail to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

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