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That Drum Machine Ain’t Got No Soul, and Seoul Ain’t Got No Style; Thoughts on Seoul’s Fashion Scene

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Fashion terrorists, the lot of them. They were all fashion terrorists…I was overwhelmingly told, often from people with little-to-no style, that I would be so bored in South Korea. Even at Seoul Fashion Week, I was assured I would be unbelievably and unforgivably bored.

Why?

Because, they’ve simply got no style.

I wasn’t sure how to take it, why was everyone so focused on reassuring me of my imminent boredom? Perhaps it’s because I can’t hide from my fashion persona. No matter who I met in South Korea, be they native, foreign or just passing through, made vocal assumptions about my having a fashion career. Clearly, I was one of those Fashion People. Clearly, I needed to be warned. Even some of the Korean locals I met asked me, in my professional opinion, if I thought all Koreans just tried to look the same? SeoulFashionWeekSS2017-Fashion-Needs-Jesus.gif

Even by the time Seoul Fashion Week rolled around, some of the international press (that stayed on the ground for approximately 1-2 days) made bold assumptions about how they lacked style and they have no subcultures, often comparing it to the nearby island nation which has made waves in the fashion industry (Japan, if you hadn’t caught my drift).

What was this all about? Here’s my response to the whole “They All Look Alike” Camp:

Plenty of foreigners come from countries and communities where “they all look alike too”, the difference being less noticeable because of physical differences in racial spectrum, not because the lot of them are actually dressing vastly differently. It’s that tribalism that we lean to as humans, in hyper-diverse cities, however, this tribalism may simply have more striking visual differences, but take out the varying racial features, plenty of people still look very much the same. People stick to their uniforms, whatever those uniforms may be. The Wall Streeters have their own uniform, sure one may have faded hair, one may have blonde straight hair, one may have brown wavy hair, but rest assured, there’s still a uniform that is relatively easy to spot. In other words, these self-appointed fashion critics are missing a lot of the bigger point, simply because they are looking at a more homogenous major city. Funny enough, many of these foreigners who were so quick to dismiss Seoul’s fashion, dressed eerily similar themselves, they just looked a tad bit more diverse.  *DRAMATIC EYEROLL* See?

“You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”

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Le sigh.

Now that I’ve managed to insert an alarmingly accurate quote from one of my favorite books/films of all time, let’s look at some street fashion from the emerging Seoul scene, shall we? :

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So, there you have it, ending with visions from the front row. The moral of the story, Seoul is still emerging and developing a sense of who it is in fashion, but it doesn’t mean fashion doesn’t exist there, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. See even more by following the story on Instagram: @FashionNeedsJesus

XoXo,

S.

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Seoul Fashion Week SS 2017, Street Style Photographers Capturing What I Wore

An ode to my OOTDs, as captured by some of the photographers at Seoul Fashion Week. I went to watch shows, and observe street style, but I, in turn, was being observed. While I have not found nearly all of the photos, here are a few, be sure to click the link to check out their Instagram accounts and websites for more Seoul Street Fashion! Also, don’t forget to follow my Insta!

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SEOUL FASHION WEEK, S/S ’17 pushBUTTON Collection Review

What was spectacular about pushBUTTON’s Spring/Summer 2017 show? I’ll admit, there was a subtle shock to see every man stroll down the runway in a pair of heels. There’s just something I can appreciate about the democratization of pain. Clever. But, really, that wasn’t the most spectacular thing. The brilliance in the collection was held really in the distance of the collection. And just what do I mean by that, after all, this girl was sitting pretty on pushBUTTON SS 2017-FASHION NEEDS JESUS 16.jpgthe front row? Well, just that as a stylist, it’s easy for me to focus on pieces. I start wardrobing in my head the minute I see a piece I like. Which client would that work for, what would pair well in his closet, what could I style that with on a shoot? Immediately, my mind wonders. In fact, with several shows I saw at Seoul Fashion Week, I would get excited about some great pieces. At pushBUTTON, however, the brilliance was in the distance, I found myself getting excited about just about every look that strolled down the runway. Funky, colorful, and cohesive while maintaining an air of uniqueness. Were I a fashion buyer, I’d be in trouble. That’s what I loved about pushBUTTON. As if my word weren’t proof enough, pushBUTTON’s collection was named one of the best of the season, further establishing their global presence!

Candied stripes and colors filled the venue, with boxy cuts, and willowy drapes. The whole pushBUTTON SS 2017-FASHION NEEDS JESUS 19.jpgthing felt like a perfect summer day. The day where you hold hands with someone you love, and cruise in a drop top with the sun kissing your shoulders. Where you were headed exactly, God only knows; a music festival, a beach, a club that has you waitlisted for a month before you can even get in, or dinner at that lovely little restaurant on the coast you’ve always wanted to try, perhaps. Either way, the cozy, cool pieces from pushBUTTON would easily take you to the next level.

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pushbutton-ss-2017-fashion-needs-jesus-14Gold pants? Check. Baby blue, updated, pussy-bow blouse. Check. Green jumper with just pushBUTTON SS 2017-FASHION NEEDS JESUS 4.jpgthe right amount of side boob action for the ultra daring? Check. Sheer lavender midi dress you didn’t know you needed, but totally do? Check. The crimson ultra wide-leg pant that will have you sashaying down the street? Check. I could go on, but you get the idea.

The retro references, modern cuts and lovely color palette created the perfect distance. The type of woman who will wear this collection may be your very best friend, and your closest confidant, however, the minute she puts on pushBUTTON, she’s so cool that she’s practically untouchable, and miles above the rest.

 

XoXo,

S.

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Seoul Fashion Week, S/S ’17 Nohke Collection Review

Slits, slants, and structured beauty. That’s the collection that presented itself for Nohke’s Spring/Summer 2017 year, and it was positively riveting. I sat, barely contained in my seat, watching the models stroll by, easily carrying the cleverly designed pieces that elegantly draped their forms. Bold, and riveting, and undoubtedly one of the best. As if I weren’t already expert enough, Nohke’s designer,  MiSun Jung, won an award for being one of the top 10 collections presenting at Seoul Fashion Week.  Her inspiration was walking at night, a notion easily found in both the utter romance, and the fluid movement in her collection.

Nohke’s collection from Seoul’s most recent Fashion Week, was by far, one of my absolute favorites, especially for womenswear. The menswear collections at Seoul Fashion Week have by far dominated, in terms of innovation, silhouettes, and general fanciful colors and patterns. Nohke SS 2017-Fashion Needs Jesus 1.jpgAs such, to see such innovation in womenswear was a breath of fresh air. From the mature color palette, utilizing primary and secondary colors paired with dove neutrals helped the ready-to-wear collection feel all the more accessible to the fashion types making their presence known at Dongdaemun Design Plaza(Seoul Fashion Week’s residence).

Granted, where does one wear such a collection?

My answer? Anywhere. While we got to see sharp tailoring, boxy silhouettes, and the occasional  brazen  color, each piece was intimately wearable. Bold. Stylish. Unique. Really, that’s what I felt this collection was about. With the slits, we got to experience bits of femininity exposed. I thought it was wildly romantic, to flirt with what you care to show of yourself, and that which you care not to expose and share that with an ever-captive audience. After all, isn’t the world always watching? I suppose that’s a story for another day. Suffice it to say, Sphinx was impressed. And can we talk about that fabulous, boxy, modern answer to the ever classic motorcycle jacket, if I ever saw one?!!! J’adore!

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So in love with this Nohke jacket, worn by model YoonYoung Bae.

With the colors, pulling from the pure strength of primary colors, as other collections this season seemed fond of doing, primary red, yellow, and blue found themselves anchoring Nohke’s collection. From a foundation of pure and unadulterated color, designer MiSun Jung was able to offer stability and subtlety in using ice white, dove gray, silver, and black, while maintaining interest by introducing shades of olive green, sun-bleached khaki. Nohke SS 2017-Fashion Needs Jesus 7.jpg

Consistently, the Nohke collection dared to challenge traditionally feminine silhouettes with the notion of exposure. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this collection walk the runway, and can’t wait to continue watching how Nohke’s designer, MiSun Jung, develops her collections on the runway, and on the increasing international eyes watching in restless anticipation.

XoXo,

S

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Seoul Fashion Week, S/S ’17 Songzio Collection Review

Tailored art. That’s the collection Songzio(송지오) that presented itself at Seoul Fashion Week, while I watched intrigued from the front row.  The collection was among  some of my favorites, showing primarily menswear that ventured from relaxed to tailored, and bold to subdued.
img_8313Despite the clear juxtapositions, the collection was beautifully made, complementing each outfit to stroll down the runway. Fashion designer, Zio Song, while not making particularly wild or crazy silhouettes, did manage to play with proportions, interesting details that nipped at the male waist ever-so-slightly, colors, and patterns in a way that made the show memorable, and the clothes wearable even for the less daring man or woman wanting a contemporary suit.

We saw the black, white and navy colors, ever-present and ever-resilient in menswear. Zio Song did break up the predictable palette for contemporary suiting by also incorporating lively colors such as aqua, primary blue, emerald green, and the occasional yellow. IMG_8345.jpgIMG_8340.jpgThe patterns were not only striking in contemporary menswear, but also refreshingly bold for contemporary women’s suiting as well. Paint strokes, jagged lines,  and a green dominated print with such brilliant strokes that it abstracted itself into spring foliage by a quick glance of the eye were a few of the several prints presented. Add to that some easy-breezy knits, the brightly splattered outwear being an answer for that transitional spring weather, and the collection has rounded itself out quite nicely.

IMG_8311.jpgAs for silhouettes, the long mandarin collar button ups, and long flowing tunics paired nicely with the wide leg pants that found themselves strolling down the runway. I quite enjoyed how the pants were not merely cut wide, but also had such pleating details reminiscent of a school uniform skirt, the effect was different, however, given the soft and pliable nature of the summer-weight fabrics used. Also, as to further emphasize this push in the menswear in particular, the slightly sheer fabrics in some of the looks leaned towards a unisexuality almost. Fabrics and even details normally reserved for womenswear took a stand at the Songzio show, and a great one at that.

XoXo,

-S

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In These Streets: Seoul 서울 Street Style, That Special Kind of Cool

My heart was not prepared for eye lust my wanderlust would bring about while traveling to Seoul. I fell in love for so many reasons, and one of them easily being that Seoul fashion is, simply put, one of the world’s most beautiful lies. It thrives on expertly executed ease and youthful whimsy while maintaining a duality of utter sophistication.

I. Just. Can’t. Even.

Of course, it’s a major city, and a darling of Asia, so one might easily assume that it carries weight in the fashion world. Even so, assuming, and witnessing, are 2 completely different things. Let’s dig in, shall we?

 

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE MEN?

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My bestie is convinced one of these gents is giving me “The Eyes”…

Because the men came to slay. While I did snap this at Seoul Fashion Week (서울 패션 위크), I would just see squads of men, dressed to kill on a daily basis.It was the norm, and not the exception, trust me. It made me remember why I am in love with menswear. If more men took the time to appreciate it on mass…I’d die a happy woman. Well dressed men. Just roaming in droves. Men unafraid of color, of slim fit, and of bold patterns. Men whose sole focus was not on their shoes matching their belts. Men who wore suits just to go out for dinner with friends. Men who looked sexy in pink, like, bite your bottom lip and cross your legs, and clutch your pearls levels of sexy…in pink.

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My. Heart.

#ICan’tEven.

#TheDream.

But, seriously, I’m pretty sure that so many stylish men travelled in packs as a result of

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the school culture and mandatory military service. The minute you enter middle school(or for some, starting in elementary school), you’re in a uniform. Thus, time outside of that uniform is precious. I would surmise that in the midst of developing, growing, and nurturing friendships, style is simply one of those things that naturally fall in line.  After all, self expression is paramount to self development. If I have fewer opportunities to be expressive in the clothing that you wear, I could easily imagine being attracted to those whose style I admired. Scarcity breeds necessity, no? The result? Roves of men, uniform in their level of style, while still managing to be utterly individualistic. #swoon.

 

 

Next: Couple Dressing is a thing, like, a big THING.

I’m so used to seeing, unfortunately, so many couples whose aesthetics do not match. Thankfully, I live in New York City, and while I do see many well-dressed couples to swoon over, but I’m not sure we have the most aesthetically pleasing couples per capita. Frankly, Seoul couples looked stunning, and often wore articles of clothing that were the same. Seoul is crazy for kicks, but can you imagine seeing so many couples wearing the same pair? I lost count, but managed to snap this couple, whose style suited each other.

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Also, Heels For DAYS!

It didn’t matter how many women I saw doing the MyFeetHurt Shuffle, they were going to stomp the city of Seoul in their heels!

But, it also seems like the heels made in Korea, are way better suited for us city girls. They typically had a thicker and sturdier heel.  #Werk . Yes I drooled over the men, but the women also came dressed to slay!

So much more street style to report, but for now, enjoy some of what I found whilst wandering the streets of Seoul!

XoXo,

S