When I first got an invitation to the YUNA YANG FW17 show, I was so shocked! I checked it a few times in disbelief because I could not believe that I was invited! I've always dreamed about attending New York Fashion Week and this was such an honor to me. I couldn't have picked a better show to be my first NYFW show. I love that YUNA YANG has deep meaning behind her collection and tied together social and political issues to her designs and her show.
The show was on Saturday, February 11th and it took place at The Gotham Comedy Club at 208 W 23rd St. New York, NY 10011. It was incredibly cool that the seating was so casual. It wasn't set up like the average fashion show seating, it had a warm and inviting vibe. There were little tables set up in rows by the stage area and the models actually walked past all of the tables to get onto the stage. I couldn't believe how close they were to me, I could have reached out and touched them! So that made for an amazing experience of seeing the garments first hand. Everything happened so quickly though and because it was very dark, it was challenging to capture all of the looks. Unfortunately, I didn't get shots of all of the designs but I'm so excited with the pictures that I was able to capture. I will seriously treasure the memories of this show forever!
I have to admit, I was a little nervous to go to the show because I didn't know what to expect. I had nervous butterflies on the walk from the hotel to the comedy club, but once we arrived outside I became so excited! I couldn't wait for everything to get started. Once my ticket was checked, I got to go inside and pick a table to sit at. Each table had a little gift bag on it (so nice of them!). I put all of my stuff on a table and took a few minutes just to people watch and take in all of the sights. I was in tears because I just felt very very grateful that I was sitting there. It had always been a dream and goal of mine to attend and I was very humbled that my little blog had led me there.
The show was so inspiring and beautiful.
I'd like to share what the program from the show said:
"To see a single candle light lit, where all it takes is a small flame to over power the darkness. With such light of power, it will illuminate the unity and strength. Light shines brighter in the darkness."
Since the Fall of last year, many important events across the world have made the news. In South Korea, President Park was rocked by scandal, with allegations of extortion and improper influence. Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans marched in the streets, with each protestor holding a candle as they called for her resignation. Here in the United States, after the presidential election, we witnessed the largest organized protest- the Women's March. Many women are uniting, not only from different states but from all around the world. This impact of inspiration has seen international reach proving that even in the darkest social or political times, we believe in the power of one person holding a candle. Social and political movements have always expressed their inner light through fashion, whether suffragettes or hippies. YUNA YANG's F/W17 collection pays homage to people who hold on to hope and belief in shadowed times. Yuna's collection features prints with dancing lights and measured shadows. Methods of chiaroscuro, such as black lace and light fabric, bring depth to her designs.
The concept behind the show was very special to me. Especially the part about the collection being dedicated to those who hold onto hope and belief in shadowed times. I also believe that one candle can light the darkness, so I was very moved by art and beauty of this show. The fabrics used were very rich and there was a luscious mix of textures. Oh and the embellishments were out of this world and I mean OUT OF THIS WORLD! I was swooning over every detail. The show ended in a lovely lullaby sung by a live artist and it was a truly moving moment. I couldn't believe how laid back and sweet Yuna Yang was. I thought it was very special that she stuck around after the show to personally thank her audience.
I want to say a huge thank you to YUNA YANG for having me, it was a true honor and a dream!
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"Joy is a result of inner peace, knowing that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life, he strengthens me, he intercedes for me, and he loves me. "
- Marlene Taska