Korean designer Kuho Jung usually shows his collection, Hexa by Kuho, in New York—but by making the move to Paris for fall 2012, he’s announcing a new chapter to the life of his line. After all, it is only fitting that he shows his collection, based upon the conflicting emotions of love, in the City of Love itself. Presented in the majestic library of the Lycée Henri VI, the clothes lent themselves to an overwhelmingly intellectual pretext with a hint of romance. One could easily construct a tale of love and betrayal within the shadows of the library—especially aided by the dramatic drapes and folds of the collection.
Menswear was an obvious influence in the collection, such as the multiple variations of the grey power suit, but Jung incorporated softer touches, too. For example, a multi-layered flouncy long-sleeved shirt that looked more like a reinvented Victorian nightgown. While much of the collection is in shades of brown and grey, two unexpected emerald green coats added a breath of fresh air to the somber looks coming down the runway. Many of the coats must be admired from all angles, as they tied together in the back in artful simplicity. Jung concluded his collection with several grey knitted sweaters with an excess of fringe and knotting. Love is complex, and so is the Hexa by Jung woman.