One to Watch: Jennifer Chun

Jennifer Chun

Designer Jennifer Chun's earliest style inspirations were found at home in Troy, Ohio. Her parents -- who raised Jennifer and her sister in the midwest after moving from South Korea -- were "very chic," says Chun.

"[They] had a very European sense of style, and that influenced me more than anything. They both had beautiful clothes and I've been able to preserve them and gain inspiration ... My Fall 2011 collection was actually inspired by my mother's wardrobe."

Judging by Chun's perfectly-proportioned skirts, tailored shirt-dresses, and patterned separate, her mother was a stylish lady indeed.

"The tailoring and fit is something I work very hard to perfect," says Chun, who left a pre-law program at American University to pursue fashion design at the Pratt Institute. "Construction with small details is very important to me, as well as luxurious fabrics."

Chun's sculpted jackets and blazers are particularly noteworthy in all of her collections. "I love blazers. All of my collections will include a blazer -- they will be structured and well tailored, but have various feminine details." We were especially enamored of a long, khaki blazer with deep pockets and a slightly shorter, more ladylike lapel.

"I love classic shapes with interesting prints and little details," says Chun. who cites pattern-mixing and distinctive buttons as hallmarks of her brand. Above all, though, each detail in a Jennifer Chun garment is simply meant to render her clients "at ease," according to the designer. "I want her to feel unique, but in a subtle way."

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