2011 has been a great year for Doo Ri Chung. Back in April she gave birth to a baby boy, she was recently name as the latest designer to work with Macy's on their Impulse line and that came only two days after Michelle Obama sported one of her dresses to a state dinner.
Although having the two things happen within days of one another sounds like the hand of PR spin, it was actually a pure coincidence. 'Everyone thought it was planned, but it was just luck. I found out about Michelle Obama because a Washington Post reporter called my cell phone while I was in the car, and I was like, "She is?"' Chung told The Cut. 'It's the first time she's worn something from my collection, and it turned out to be great timing with the Macy's announcement. It was also nice that she wore it to the state dinner with the South Korean president — personally, I relate more to being American than being Korean, but it was a nice moment for my Korean family members too.'
Giambattista Valli's collection for Macy's hasn't even hit stores yet but the retailer has already announced their next collaboration. Doo Ri Chung is the latest designer to sign up to work with the retailer, WWD reports, on their Impulse line.
The collection - set to drop on February 15 - will feature the draping and signatures that she's known for but will be available at prices ranging from $39-$159. "The customer is very different from whom we’ve catered to before, but I really didn’t have to adapt,” Chung said when asked about the challenge of designing for a low price point. “Macy’s wanted to keep the design level high. I didn’t feel the challenge was very different.”
If there's anyone that can do urban femininity it's Doo Ri Chung. This season she continued to play with her signature draping but for fall she added a touch edge. A navy batwing floor length draped dress was nipped in at the waist teamed with a statement leather cuff and effortless hair and make-up and dresses also came styled under structured urban jackets in charcoal. Draping also appeared most notably on a black dress with navy lace detail across the bust teamed with lace over the knee boots that would make Carine Roitfeld smile.
Tailoring also appeared on grey cigarette pants teamed with long cardigans in navy and sporty silk jackets with jersey sleeves. Knitwear also appeared such as a grey jumper with a think chain mail detail along the front teamed with a navy leather skirt and a head-to-toe grey look featured a floor length fringed cardigan with a similar scarf, teamed with a simple grey tee and cropped wide leg trousers.
Doo-Ri Chung continues to be the fashion-loving woman's fashionista. Around The Fash Pack, we group her with designers like Rachel Roy and the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte because of her knack to create fashion-forward pieces that still consider the silhouette.
Case in point: a draped, strapless, dusky-blue dress sent down the runway for the Spring '10 Doo.Ri show. It's a rare talent to use a large amount of fabric over a little area and have an attractive result. Also, the sheer black cocktail dress Chung created didn't leave us sick of seeing exposed knickers through evening wear, but rather admiring how much a cute little frock could resemble a Spanish fan.
Chung included tougher touches, like grey lipstick and chain-embellished footwear, and it's those rough touches she throws in that make us love her even more. We say this designer stays in the inner circle. What about you?