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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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The Want List: The New Yorker Edition

New York, I love you. Forever and always. As I’ve launched my street style inspiration In These Streets, I’ve remembered how much I love this grand ol’ city. We have a way about us. A swagger. An undeniable sense of style. The New York sense of style is utterly iconic. So the inspiration for this week’s The Want List is outfits that allow for easy movement street to event to street in Tha City for the world’s busiest women. As promised, in addition to virtually styling you with What To Wear in outfits every New Yorker would love, there’s wonderful gifts(who wouldn’t love a copy of Humans of New York’s new book?) to hand out this Christmas! Peruse, click, shop, and enjoy! 

Wear:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Women's Norman Bonded Wool Coat- Fall Winter Christmas 2015 trends- The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesus-NYCCalvin Klein Sweater - The Want List- Fall Holiday Christmas 2015 - Fashion Needs JesusTrue Religion Women's Halle Mid Rise Super Skinny Leather Pant- Fall Winter Christmas NYC Trends 2015-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusEssie Chinchilly Gray Neutral Nail Polish Fall Winter Christmas Make Up Trends 2015 - The Want List-Fashion needs JesusMarc by Marc Jacobs oversized black Sunglassess Fall winter Christmas 2015 NYC Trends-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusSalvatore Ferragamo Women's FI2100013 IDILLIO Analog Display Quartz Black Leather with studs Watch Fall Winter Christmas 2015 NYC Trends- The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusNoir Jewelry Cosima Three Finger Adjustable Ring Gunmetal crystal Fall Holiday 2015 - The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusMarc by Marc Jacobs Metropoli Printed WWW Travel Tote - Werk- Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Gift-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusMarc by Marc Jacobs Women's Frost Three-Strap Shearling Boot Fall Holiday 2015-The Want List-New Yorker-Fashion Needs JesusnOir Jewelry Modernist Earrings silver studs Fall Winter Chrismtas Trends 2015 NYC-The Want List-Fashion needs JesusNARS Pure Matte Lipstick, La Paz purple Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Make Up Trends NYC - The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesus

BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Wool-Blend Coat with Faux-Fur Trim - Fall Winter 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusDiane von Furstenberg Women's Irina Wrap Dress black and gold- Fall Winter Christmas NYC Trends 2015-The Want List-Fashion Needs Jesusstuart weitzman booties buckles leather - The Want List- Fall Holiday Christmas 2015- Fashion Needs JesusZAC Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Soft Top Handle Bag Leather- Fall Winter Christmas NYC Trends 2015-The Want List- New Yorker-Fashion Needs JesusNARS Pure Matte Lipstick, Amsterdam red brown Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Make Up trends NYC - The Want List- Fashion Needs jesuskate spade new york Women's Gayla Sunglasses black and gold Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Trends - The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusFreida Rothman Classic Two-Tone Rings stackable - Fall Winter Christmas NYC Jewelry Trends 2015-Fashion Needs Jesus- The Want ListnOir Jewelry Modernist Earrings black and gold regal-Fall Winter Christmas 2015 trends- the Want List-Fashion Needs Jesusessie Cocktails and Coconuts gold neutral nail polish Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Make Up Trends NYC -The Want List-Fashion Needs jesus

Elie Tahari Women's Down Coat with Fur Hood- Fall Winter 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusBCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Kristian Pleated Placket Button Up Shirt Red Jewl tone sheer- Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Trends-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusHue Womens Crushed Velvet Leggings Black - Fall Winter Christmas 2015 NYC trends-The Want List- Fashion Needs jesus

Giuseppe Zanotti Women's Over-The-Knee Embossed Leather Boot Fall 2015 - The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusFurla Alice Large Top Handle Bag Leather Maple Orange Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Trends NYC-The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesus

Marc by Marc Jacobs Double Cabochon Stud Earrings - black:gold:silver Fall Winter Christmas 2015 Trends NYC -The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusPrada Black and Gray Gradient Oversize sunglasses Fall Winter 2015 Trends NYC - The Want List-Fashion Needs Jesusessie Fall Holiday 2015 Nail Polish collection red New Yorker, With The Band-The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesus

Gift:

Apple MacBook MK4N2LL:A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Gold, 512 GB) Fall Winter Christmas Gift Trends NYC 2015-The Want List-Fashion Needs Jesuskate spade new york Winking Emoji Stud Earrings gold red lipstick-Fall Winter Christmas Gift Trends 2015 NYC-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusLafco Candle Chamomile Lavender, Master Bedroom essential oils Fall Winter Christmas 2015 NYC Gift Trends-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusAudrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffany S Comedy 3D PC Case Cover For Iphone 5c ( Custom Picture iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PLUS, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S,Galaxy S6,Galaxy S5) Fall Winter Christmas Gift Trends NYC-The Want List-FashionKate Spade New York Love Notes Skinny Mini Ring and Stud Earrings Set with Gift Box Fall Winter Christmas Trends 2015-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusAmbesi Women's Fleece Lined Opera Long Lambskin Leather Winter Gloves Fall Holiday 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusHumans of New York Stories book Fall Holiday 2015-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusApple Watch Sport 38mm Rose Gold Aluminum Case with Lavender Sport Band Fall winter Christmas 2015 Gift NYC-The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusnOir Jewelry Miranda Stackable Ring Trio green emerald Fall Holiday 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusiPhone 6 Case, GMYLE Cover Case Print Crystal for iPhone 6 (4.7 inch Display) - Transparent New York Scenery Slim Hard Back CaseRebecca Minkoff Cube:Ball Threader Drop Earrings Silver crystal Fall Winter Christmas Gift Trends 2015 NYC- The Want LIst-Fashion Needs Jesus

Rock your New York style, be the fashion icon that’s in there somewhere, and give your gifts generously.

XoXo,

-S

In These Streets: NYC Street Style

My loves, you’ll have to forgive the shadow I cast while taking this wonderful shot of these beautiful besties casually strolling the High Line. Their natural hair, beautiful smiles, and bold colors stood out from the masses, and I had to stop them. If they weren’t already stunning, their finishing of each others sentences and mutual support suggest their friendship is one for the ages. #LoveIt

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Who: 

Emanuella & Audrey

Occupation: 

Students

Where:

The High Line

Personal style, defined: 

Audrey and Emanuella expressed that style is culture. Audrey is from Kenya, and Emanuella is from Ethiopia, so they are both inspired by their identity as East Africans and Americans, and merging those cultures in their external expression

Fashion, defined: 

Expressing your culture, whatever that is, and being confident in that expression 

#BeKnowin

#BestiesOnFleek

Be Inspired.

XoXo,

-S

In These Streets: NYC Street Style

She didn’t get why me, in my casual sequins, and nonchalant fabulousness, would stop her. Clearly she didn’t see what I saw. Though she seemed very shy, her style was anything but. Her in her gold mirror framed shades and black tulle skirt, and in a way that was authentic…she wasn’t trying to be…she just was. Just based on her outfit and occupation means she could’ve vied for a spot in my #Squad.

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Who: 

Yukina

Occupation: 

Law Student

Where:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Personal style, defined: 

I like to pull together difference pieces and just try to make sense of them. 

Fashion, defined: 

It’s what you make it. 

#Yass

Be inspired.

XoXo,

-S

In These Streets: NYC Street Style

In a world full of basics and fashion basics, it’s nice catch authentic street style. With the bold lip color, the wide legged pant, and the New Yorker tried and true Adidas, their outfits All Tha Snaps.

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Aziza and Kyle

Who:

Aziza and Kyle

Occupation:

Non Profit Worker and Music Producer

Where:

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Personal style, defined:

Wearing what you love. Aziza doesn’t care about designers, she wears whatever she feels, and Kyle wears whatever is fly.

Fashion, defined:

Expressing yourself, wearing what you love. 

Be inspired.

XoXo,

-S