The trend of digital prints, originating from British designers, might have revived fashion in the UK up to the industry’s frontier, but we should now question its origin of design. You might say that British fashion is back in the game, but you might want to ruminate upon where the bigger fashion houses are now directing: East.

The East, with its lineage of profound heritage, has enticed many western and european designers, only for them to have interpreted the patterns into their own collections. Does this leave anything left for the currently spotlighted Asian designers that are on the rise? With Lie Sang Bong, yes.

The esteemed South Korean designer, who gained global attention from his first proper international show in Paris Fashion Week back in 2002, has gained momentum as the South Korean Alexander McQueen. There is only one difference that lies between Lie and McQueen: the late Lee from England was trained in fashion studies, and the Asian Lie is not. The rest is a fine line; the concept, the immaculate pieces that come from within the imagination, and the strength of semi-couture in their pieces are all present.

Lie was recently in Jakarta, Indonesia for his SS13 collection show as part of the opening event for Jakarta Fashion Week 2013. In just a distance of a fortnight, his collection was shown in Paris, Seoul, and in Jakarta. The collection that justifies his reverie of a world full of dreams coming true personified his own being. To penultimately conclude his SS13 collection inspiration within a sentence, he reticently said, “The entire spring-summer collection is ‘I believe I can fly’.”

When I met him he was far from the image of a top-notch designer: he was extremely down-to-earth, and the moment he read my name card he exclaimed how he should introduce me to my favourite bands. He then asked, “Who is your favourite idol?” I hesitated with a kept laugh, thinking is this for real? “I like 2NE1 and BIGBANG,” I said, noting how they also have adorned a few of his creations. “Oh, I will tell them about you,” he said with a big smile, while waving my card. I kept an optimistic mind while bowing several times in gratitude.

So how ‘fly’ can the designer be? “The inspiration is from R Kelly’s music video, and I interpret dreams like butterflies. They have the freedom to fly as high as they can after their metamorphosis process, to be a beautiful dream that comes true.” The arduous process many of us face will finally see its true vision in the butterflies attached to his dresses. And through his collection, he indeed puts butterflies to the test, incorporating everything from 2D digital prints to 3D folded butterflies onto bigger in-your-face waist dreamholder – in this case the semiotics of the butterfly accessory on belts and huge butterfly sunglasses.

Lie successfully showed half of his original line-up; boxes of shoes and garments overloaded the racks, showcasing 28 looks, finishwalk with an eyecatching vermillion leather jacket and jeans as the encore. He then went on, enjoying his first visit to the capital city of the archipelago to tourist places and uploading selcas of himself donning Indonesian traditional outfits onto his Twitter.

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