Besides the fact that the supermodel Hye Park tripped not once but twice, can we talk about how horrendously embarrassing this collection was? Perhaps it was the presence of superstar Jessica Alba that intensified whatever I was feeling inside, but all I could think about was whether this was some kind of joke. It was bad enough that 90% of the media were focused on Jessica so much that the videographer from a popular national broadcast decided to set up his camera facing her throughout the entire show, and that there were about ten security guards attempting to protect her from I-don’t-even-know-what. Knowing that it’s rather a big company (compared to the designer brands normally shown at Seoul Fashion Week) that specializes in leather products, my expectation for the collection wasn’t all that huge to begin with, but what I wasn’t prepared for was being bombarded with counterfeits- not just products themselves but the production and styling. I mean, who flies over a movie star all the way from Hollywood to present a collection that’s basically a mishmash of a major (and I mean major) mega brand like Chanel’s not recent but past collections that were immensely popular? Jessica is most likely a spokesperson for the brand here and perhaps Asia but I’m pretty sure she was thinking the same thing… ‘Deja vu much?’
The socks and pump styling: Chanel Spring 2014. Can’t omit the shoes with the signature black cap toes and all. Right.. this was a coincidence.
Tweed reference.. hmm..?
This ankle purse: seen here. Fingerless gloves from Chanel Fall 2014.
Just like.. who?
That bag looks exactly like the one I saw on the streets. Oh yeah, but this one costs at least ten times more, I almost forgot.
Excuse me, but those socks gotta go. Stop trying.
I have a big problem with these floral sleeves. Are these supposed to resemble the white roses they give you when you buy really expensive things at Chanel? If I wanted to make clothes out of them, I can easily purchase $100,000 worth of Chanel, you know. I’m so confused.
Are those Valentino knock-offs? Stop. it. now.
I’m sorry, Stephanie, I still love you.
That’s not even a complete sentence, not even a phrase. Stop it right now.
Fur? and it’s blue? Are you serious?
Nice try, but those leg warmers look much worse than my H&M ones that I’ve only worn 100 times.
and this pianist dude needs to stop stealing models’ jobs. There is absolutely nothing about him that’s appealing as a model, absolutely zero.
Stop with them gloves already. No, they do not look tough, not even a bit. And now a Louis Vuitton? Where is this collection going, really?
That purse doesn’t even match the dress or the styling. These people obviously have no idea what they are doing.
This is becoming a torture. I am slowly losing motivation to scroll down. Next.
She looks quite irritated. I’d be too.
That skirt looks hideous with the long vest and socks. I mean, socks with jewels are okay, but not when paired with studded Valentino Rockstud wannabes.
So glad they didn’t dress Nam Ju Hyuk in something more offensive. Those yellow loafers with darn socks are making me a bit uncomfortable though.
No, the belts.. are NOT ok.
So the real reason that I was able to sit throughout the entire show. Here he is, the crush of the moment. But that lemonade suit… Well, at least they didn’t make him wear blue shoes.
If it weren’t for that face, this would have received the worst look of the show, actually more like the worst of the week.
Like the bright neon- that is about it.
Again, if it weren’t for the model, this would have been just another ordinary suit. The only team I would applaud over at Metrocity is the team that did the casting. As for the rest, I leave it up to your imagination.
Okay, I see what you are trying to do here: you want to add a bit of extraordinary details while not going overboard with it, hence the kilt (or skirt). But guys, listen- you add a feminine element when the rest is still masculine (unless you are going for something else), meaning this pastel pink does nothing to what you are trying to achieve- you just created another hideous outfit that screams identity crisis. Can we start hiring a designer that actually “designs”?
Give this girl a skirt, NOW.
That belt needs to be either cut or hidden. It doesn’t get any tackier than this.
And there she is, with scotch tape on her feet. Oh yes, it only goes downhill from here. (as if we weren’t there already)
What are the cops doing troubling those poor street vendors? They need to start coming to Fashion Week.
I don’t even know what to say anymore. I’m tired.
But yeah, Lee Cheol-woo’s face though.
You don’t wear knee-high socks with a midi-skirt like this, never.
I’m deeply concerned: fringes, jewels, a bikini bottom, and socks?!??
Take them off, right now. I didn’t mean in an inappropriate way, excuse me.
This misery… must.. end…
Now onto the best part of the show (besides Byeon, Woo-seok, that is):
YDG is an awesome performer. Didn’t realize how good of a dance he is. Thanks, Metrocity! And yes, Jessica is gorgeous, but you knew that.
In conclusion, I wish I could have been more civil but with a collection like this, it’s inevitable. If any of you must disagree, please feel free to send a note. I would love to discuss.
Photo by Justin Shin, fashion photographer Seoul Korea