Getty Doo.Ri Fall 2010 Beginning with a fleet of thigh-high platform boots tamed by silky knits, there is a quiet strength to Doo.Ri's Fall 2011 collection—a buildable power signifying a calm before a storm. The show's color palette was limited to eggshell, smoky gray and streaks of dark teal. Although always refined in her minimalist aesthetic, Doo.Ri Chung has yet to be this committed to such a strict color selection and distinct, elongated silhouette. Even the models' hair reflected the designer's vision with long straight locks and blunt bangs. The commitment was, in a soft and alluring way, very bold—a luxury afforded by confidence in her clientele's taste.
Inspired by textile artist Beverly Semmes, Chung departed from her typically short hemlines and work-friendly pieces. The designer delved whole-heartedly into long lengths, playful proportions and unlikely combinations of fabric like satin and fur or leather and wool. Comfort and wearability, however, are never left to the wayside.
Chung's collection might have been understated from afar, but the designer trusted her audience would take note of the rich variety in texture. Signature draped knits, mohair jackets and frothy over-sized scarves graced the runway. Missing from Chung's collection were her usual spattering of prints, with the exception of one tonal Japanese patterned dress.
Just when we think the collection leans toward overly modest with its head-to-toe layers, Chung indulges us with restrained yet provocative sheer and macramé insets placed on architecturally sound gowns.
If we were looking for vibrant or ornate, we would know better than to turn to Doo.Ri to quench our thirst. Chung's collection, however, doesn't need flash to offer a powerful seduction. More than ever before, Chung's intent is clear and her message cohesive—speak softly and wear lethal footwear.
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