By: Isabella Aldridge
In a time of prevailing women’s empowerment, the modern day woman is no longer confined to categories of apparel. Instead, she wants to curate her own brand that will work for her in the multiple social settings she experiences--an outfit that can keep her pace. This modern day woman, and the clothing she chooses, embodies independence without the need to exclude her femininity.
Shinhye Suk’s designs are nothing but fitting for this growing desire, as her designs are as versatile as they are sophisticated. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Suk worked as Head Designer of womenswear at Derek Lam for a decade before cultivating her own brand, LEHHO. The origins of LEHHO’s fabric and designs come from Seoul, where Suk counters popular streetwear with her sophisticated taste. Drawing her inspiration from the vibrant markets of Seoul as well as contemporary art and architecture, Suk’s work combines the structure of a workplace with the effortlessness of a more casual environment leaving women unrestricted by when and how to wear her clothing.
Priyanka Chopra, an embodiment of the modern woman, joined LEHHO’s growing following and recently wore an ensemble from Suk’s Spring Summer 2019 collection. Suk’s Spring Summer collection is influenced by the soak stain method of painting used by American expressionist artist, Helen Frankenthaler, where oils bleed into the canvas to emphasize the quality of the material. Dark colors mixed with pastels are reminiscent of watercolor-like expressionist painting, giving the collection a sense of fluidity and movement. With no labels and no limits, Priyanka Chopra’s closet won’t be the only one including LEHHO’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection.