How many ways can you work with jersey? A million and one, if you're Doo-ri Chung.
Earlier this month, Chung had told WWD she was "captivated by the concept of envelopment" for fall '07, and that message came through loud and clear in the beautiful collection she presented at The Promenade in Bryant Park on Tuesday evening.
True to her word, Chung, who designs under the name Doo.Ri and won both the Swarovski Perry Ellis Emerging Talent award and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize in 2006, sent out one look after another that draped or wrapped around the body in ingenious, figure-flattering configurations, much of it in the jersey that has been her trademark since she began showing her line in 2003.
Whether it was a series of draped jersey tops with paillette-covered bibs (shown with matching paillette arm warmers or fingerless gloves and super-slim pants), a billowy jersey vest over a matching silk chiffon dress, lettuce-edged layers that recalled Stephen Burrows at his best, a midnight blue top encased in a cage of fringe, bubble-hem minis with Swarovski suspenders, or a cap-sleeved evergreen blouson with a citron lace chest plate encircling the back and shoulders, Chung once again pushed the fashion envelope - and her own constraints as a designer - into a whole new realm.
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