(Photos: Style.com - Doo.Ri Fall 2011 Collection)
Last night I watched the fashion documentary Seamless which focused on three out of the ten CFDA finalists in 2005. The three were Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak and Doo.Ri Chung. The winner ended up being the young and fabulous Jack and Lazaro Proenza Schuler but who impressed me the most was Doo.Ri. There really aren't a lot of women fashion designers who make it – much less an asian one. What impressed me was that she worked by herself in the basement studio under her parents' dry cleaning shop in New Jersey. As she worked, you could see how meticulous and detail-oriented she was. Her draping and clothing have an angelic quality to them. She's now a designer I am definitely going to look out for more.
I love her edgy yet sophisticated style. This Torqued Draped Dress (On sale for $268.50 at Shopbop) and Draped Dress with Leather Hem ($995 at Shopbop) are a couple of my favorites. You can shop for more Doo.Ri at Shopbop.
Doo.Ri Chung at the CFDA awards in 2009 via Harper's Bazaar.