For her first present at Paris Couture Week, Sohee Park picked a venue with a storied historical past: the grand ballroom on the Westin Paris-Vendôme, the place Yves Saint Laurent used to current his collections, again when it was nonetheless generally known as the Inter-Continental.
It was a daring option to introduce her Miss Sohee model, which launched in 2020 and final 12 months confirmed in Milan with the assist of Dolce & Gabbana. “I’ve at all times needed to indicate in Paris,” the South Korean designer stated backstage. “It’s a really significant second.”
Her spring lineup was impressed by the change of seasons, with lavish embroideries of birds, bugs and flowers splashed throughout a fuchsia bustier robe with jet-bead fringe dripping from the bust; an eau de nil floor-length coat with outsized shoulders, and several other spectacular satin cape coats.
These showstoppers sometimes take her 12-person group, based mostly in north London, 4 months to finish, however Park stated it was definitely worth the effort. Final 12 months, U.S. mannequin Taylor Hill wore one in all her designs to the Met Ball, and he or she’s dressed celebrities together with Cardi B, Gemma Chan and Lisa Manobal from Blackpink.
It’s simple to see why they gravitate to her designs. A dramatic shoulder ruffle on a liquid purple robe was good for posing on the purple carpet, whereas her dip-waisted column skirts, paired with a crop prime or an embroidered nude mesh prime, provide a contemporary tackle couture for Gen Z stars like Noah Cyrus, who attended the present.
A Central Saint Martins graduate, Park likes to work with silk taffeta in sensible jewel tones, although a few all-black seems recommended she would excel with edgier fare. The designer has set her sights on the movie star holy grail. “I’d love to decorate Beyoncé as a result of we haven’t had a second collectively but,” she stated.