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Sunday, March 25, 2007


Full color

Special to The Japan Times

After a brief hiatus, Osaka-born Korean designer Ahn Soon Han relaunched her Han Ahn Soon brand last season thanks to some generous investment from L'Eclaireur Tokyo owner and all-round entrepreneur de mode Kenji Eto.

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Han Ahn Soon

In Japanese, Korea is written as "colorful country" and, appropriately enough, Han is best known for her vividly colored frocks that never fail to brighten up the otherwise dull Fall/Winter season.

This time, items ranged from subdued-but-sexy, vintage nude-lace dresses to dizzyingly bright neon-print gowns. There were some on-trend fur stoles and heavy-knit cardigans, but the real standouts here were the long, '60s-inspired dresses. Encompassing an immoderate array of colors and patterns from achingly chic monotone to pop polka dots, these featured layers of ruffles cascading all the way down to the pristine runway.

As if the services of Japan's No. 1 stylist Sukezane Tomoki weren't enough, the brand also boasted the most extravagant after-party of the week, a star-studded event which boldly announced that, this time around, Han Ahn Soon intends to be here to stay.

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