Doo Ri Chung: There’s No Such Thing As Too Many Designer Collaborations

When designer Doo-Ri Chung‘s collaboration with Macy’s Impulse hits the retail chain’s 631 stores on February 15, she’ll be the fifth designer to have worked with the label. But she told us Tuesday afternoon that she’d be just as happy if she were the fiftieth.

“There’s no such thing as too many,” said the CFDA award-winning designer of the wide swath of collaborations in the retail space. “If you can produce a great product and give an opportunity for a woman to buy something amazing, I think it’s a win win situation for everybody, you know? If anything, they had such amazing designers on board that it just made me feel honored to be a part of the whole mix. I mean, come on, I’m in the mix with Karl Lagerfeld. That’s great!”

And it is great — Chung told us that working with Macy’s was a designer’s dream come true. All she really had to do was design the collection, all of which will retail for between $39 for graphic t-shirts to $159 for a faux leather jacket, and Macy’s did most of the work after that.

But even without this collaboration, you’d still know Chung’s work — she’s been dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for years, and says she’s not just a fan of her style, but of her politics, too.

“I’ve always followed what she does with organic foods, and as a mother I believe wholeheartedly in it. So for me, having the opportunity to dress a woman that I think is intelligent, someone I admire, that has the ability to affect change in the world, was the biggest honor for me.”

So will she and other women in politics wear her Macy’s line? We’ll have to wait and find out, but we get the impression that Chung hopes that’ll be the case.

“I’m sure that Hillary Clinton will probably get those kinds of questions, as opposed to, say, you know, is anyone really caring about what Mitt Romney is wearing? It’s kind of like a double edged sword,” she said. “I think that women politicians will understand that there is a sense of power that comes from how you look and your choice of clothing, and I think [Michelle Obama] definitely changed how people perceive that aspect of being a politician.”

Politician or no, there’s probably something in this collection for you. Take a look at a few of the pieces below.


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