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GOING GLOBAL: There will be numerous ethnic group shows this fashion season, including the Arise African, Unreserved American Indian and Flanders Fashion Institute presentations. But on Saturday and Sunday, as a group of six South Korean labels — Andy & Debb, Juun.J, Kuho, Doii Paris, Roliat and Park Choon Moo — take over the New York Public Library, the event will be just Act I in a two-year partnership between the CFDA and the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Korea Creative Content Agency. Titled Concept Korea, the project will take on an exchange-program approach with a CFDA shop-in-shop in Seoul, highlighting emerging American designers, in the upcoming year. Though that roster has yet to be determined, there is talk of presenting the Stateside designers at Seoul Fashion Week. Samsung Fashion & Design Funds also will be lending its support.
As for this New York leg, Doo-Ri Chung will cohost an opening party on Friday night, which will feature a performance by South Korean pop star Jeong Ji-hoon, aka Rain. The two-day presentation will also include photography by Jack Pierson and art installations by Curtis Anderson and Rosemarie Trockel.