Hailing originally from Hong Kong, designer Katherine Kung brings a love of travel, influences of fine art, & Asian attention to detail to her collection, Kung Katherine, named according to Eastern Tradition, which dictates that the family name precede the given name.
Kung studied Fine Arts & Fashion Design at the School of Visual Arts & Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her professional arc landed her where she is today, at the helm of her own fashion house since 2013, but included stops at Reem Acra, & under the tutelage of Oscar de la Renta.
She runs her house like a modern version of a French Atelier borrowing some aspects of the Haute Couture itself. Kung Katherine is a modern, contemporary collection of eveningwear, with all the edgy lines, clean cuts, & inspired beginnings that any modern house extolls. It is a complete collection in every sense of the word. Kung, however, ups the ante by offering a custom service that is part of her daily offerings rather than reserved, as in most ready to wear houses, for the most special of customers or circumstances. When one visits www.kungkatherine.com, there’s a tab right up front to choose “Custom Made“. Fill out a short survey of questions, like a digital version of the Chef d’Atelier in a Haute Couture house, & you are on your way to having a true, one-of-a-kind piece that will be your’s & your’s alone.
The collection, 100% made in New York’s Garment Center, does not come cheaply, with prices ranging from $410 for a knit top, dressy day dresses in the $710 to $810 range, & true evening pieces from $1,000 to $1,310, with custom pieces understandably higher. However, when compared with the tags on many of Kung’s competitors hailing from Europe & on the racks up & down Madison Avenue, this collection fits nicely in the genre & has the local design & production pedigree to make the ticket more palatable. This is a collection to watch!
Designer website: www.KungKatherine.com
Designer publicist: Deborah Hughes, Inc.