Lee Jean Youn for Mango

by Anna M. Park

I love designer collaborations. I’m a total sucker for them. I practically went broke buying up Eugenia Kim’s hat line for Target, scooping up H&M’s Garden Collection, and most recently, clearing out the Target near my mom’s house of most of their Zac Posen collection.

It’s a guilty pleasure, I admit.

So I was surprised to see that Spain-based brand Mango launched a new collaboration this month, and it’s with Korean designer Lee Jean Youn.

Lee Jean Youn for Mango “Tatjana” dress.

Lee is a Korea-born, award-winning fashion designer. A graduate of the prestigious Hongik University with a degree in fashion design, Lee has received numerous awards and accolades during his 12-year career. He’s shown his collections around the world, including at China Qingdao Fashion Week, Hong Kong Fashion Week, and most recently the Paris haute couture shows.

Last April, Lee’s submitted his collection to Mango’s second edition of the El Botón-Mango Fashion Awards. His line was exhibited, together with those of the other finalists, for one week in Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia. The lavish exhibition consisted of 20 Perspex cubicles, each cubicle containing four mannequins dressed in the collections of the 10 finalists.

Needless to say, Lee’s simple forms, exaggerated volume, and traditional motifs won over the judges. And now you can buy Lee Jean Youn’s limited edition collection (ranging from $49.90 to $169.90) at Mango stores and online.

Check out some of his collection here:

Photos courtesy of Mango.