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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, S/S ’17 MOOHONG COLLECTION REVIEW

What would the cool kids look like a few generations after the apocalypse had ravaged civilization, and a merry band of badass survivors had managed to begin repopulating and rebuilding society? Now that you’ve got that scenario in your head, the answer is they’d look pretty dope, and dressed in MooHong. While I didn’t have the greatest seat at MooHong’s show during Seoul Fashion Week, I could see the ultra cool stroll down the runway. Frankly, I think it’s that sense of ultra cool that has to become the anchor of Seoul’s emerging fashion scene, but that’s the topic for another post.

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MooHong had an ultra cool confidence that is irrefutably modern, focused on asymmetric construction, and uncommon cuts. Undoubtedly one of my favorite collections, MooHong kept a rather mild color palette, and managed to never be boring. MooHong SS 2017-FASHION NEEDS JESUS 0.jpg

We saw blazers that were longer than average, and anything but normal. One blazer I was particularly fond of had lapels on the back, revealing red writing, that I can assume, spelled out the brand’s name. It was just interesting enough to catch my eye, and yet, easily sellable for the client who is still a bit shy about how daring to be when enhancing their style. There was plenty, however, for the fashionable man and woman who’s confidence and bravado already matched their style.t768x1152_46

As if that weren’t enough, there was a pleasant androgyny, that didn’t looked forced at all. Instead, it looked sophisticated, and well thought out. It wasn’t a man in a dress, it was a man in a really cool long top with an asymmetrical hem, opting to wear no pants, and layering on a dope blazer. It was genuine, believable, and better yet, sellable. Whether it was menswear or womenswear mattered minimally at best,  the traditionally masculine elements complemented the traditionally feminine. The traditionally feminine carried elements of the traditionally masculine. It just worked. Here are some of my favorite looks, from one of the best collections presented at Seoul Fashion Week! 

Be sure to catch some sweet street style and the fashion diaries by following along on Insta:@FashionNeedsJesus and Facebook!

XoXo,

S

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 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

View the rest of the collection here. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram: @FashionNeedsJesus, for our daily fashion diaries!

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

The Want List: The Latest Gift and Trends for Fall

It’s officially November, and my favorite holiday, Christmas, is finally near! Though some die-hards out there will undoubtedly be angry that I haven’t allowed the turkey to have his due, I adore shopping for gifts and can barely contain my joy!  So, why not offer a style and gift guide for the fashion lovers? Since I can’t be everyone’s personal stylist and personal shopper, I’ve made it easy…The Want List is officially dedicated to gifts galore and what to wear to all of those fantastic holiday parties for the remainder of the year! Here are some lovely gifts for you, and those you love!

Wear: 

Kate Spade New York Black Diamond Drop Earrings Fall 2015 - The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesus  Ivanka Trump Ivanka Box Minaudiere Clutch Embossed Leather Fall Holiday 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesusessie Fall Holiday 2015 Nail Polish collection gold Leggy Legend- The Want LIst-Fashion Needs Jesus  Tracy Reese Lace Fur Coat Fall 2015 - The Want List - Fashion Needs JesusVince Camuto Women's Sleeveless Mock Turtleneck Flyaway Dress Black Fall Holiday 2015- The Want List-Fashion Needs JesusMovado-bold-gold-watch-The-Want-List-FNJ M.C.L by Mathhew Campbell Laurenza %22Viking%22 sapphire dots horn bracelet cuff Fall l 2015 - The Want List- Fashion Needs JesusGiuseppe Zanotti Women's Studded Platform Sandal Purple Velvet Fall Holiday 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesus

Nars The Multiple Mini Orgasm Blush For Eyes Cheeks & Lips Fall Holiday 2015-The Want List-Fashion Needs Jesusbutter LONDON LIPPY Shimmer Lip Gloss Fall Holiday 2015 Tickety Boo- The Want List-Fashion Needs Jesus

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Gift:

Crislu Blue and Clear Cubic Zirconia Triple Row Baguette Eternity Ring - The Want List - Fall 2015 - The Want Listkate spade new york Daisy Place Ring Dish Fall Holiday 2015 Gift - The Want List- Fashion needs JesusAntica Farmacista Black Label Limited Edition Home Ambiance Diffuser Champagne Fall Holiday 2015- The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesusmovado-rose-gold-luxury-watch-analog-The-Want-List-FNJTai gold plated pave earrings blue - The Want List- Fashion Needs Jesuss

XoXo,

-S

The Want List: Fall Beauty, Music, and Book Finds!

It’s Autumn…even if it is starting out mild at best. Regardless of her mood swings, it’s time to let our beauty match the weather. Here are some early fall beauty trends I absolutely adore, music to put on repeat, and an inspirational book to cuddle up to!

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Now, please excuse me whilst I put Adele on repeat…

XoXo,

-S