Obviously, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Brows!’
But that didn’t distract me from being awestruck by the beautiful masculinity, strong yet delicate silhouette, and creativity delivered via unusual shapes and unexpected pattern matching.
As the theme of this season’s collection, “화양연화: The most beautiful moments of our lives” suggests, this collection is about beautiful memories, such as springtime when the flowers bloom after a lengthy hibernation.
The designer believes his “moment” was his twenties; whereas I personally believe in finding beauty in the present moment. To consider something beautiful is a subjective matter, and for me, at least, it would depend on the basis on which the idea is formed- is it youth that is considered beautiful here, or the person I was with at the time? How about the place I was living in, or the job I had? Or, is it based on how “successful” a person was at the time?
Just like happiness, considering a certain moment of one’s life most beautiful seems to be a bit more complicated than selecting an ice cream flavor. Now, if you were once a superstar, that’s a different story, but at least for me, I’m happiest now than I have ever been- yes, this very moment, that is.
Life is all about how you see it- if you start believing that it’s difficult, trust me, it will forever be difficult.
If you believe that it’s fun and exciting, you will never live a day dying of boredom, because consciously or not, you will be seeking a challenge to fulfill that need you created for yourself.
On that note, considering this very moment beautiful is your choice. Living in Korea, I must admit that I’m sometimes tempted to seek medical help so I can turn back time, as in getting surgical procedure done to face to look younger, etc., you know- but every single time, I’m reminded that no matter what’s done to my face, I will age. And in the end, what truly matters is what’s inside, not outside. After all, I’m not the only one that’s aging, nobody, nobody on earth can stay 21 forever (except for Forever21, of course…), aging is a natural thing… instead of trying so hard to escape it, embrace it… I’ve decided to… it’s not easy especially living in a country where a certain man-made “face” is considered beautiful and all kinds of “new” procedure is introduced every other day so you can look ten years younger (think putting a thread under your skin, injecting liquid into your pores, not to mention filling in hollow cheeks and undereyes with your own fat or blood… does it sound freaky enough yet?)… but I’ve accepted the fact that I will age no matter what. It takes guts to fully accept it though, I’ve realized. I’m still learning to deal with it, and am currently working on confidence as we speak, because that’s all that matters, really. You can be 80 and still be energetic and stylish, as long as you have confidence. It doesn’t take a plastic face or wealth to call life beautiful. It becomes beautiful when you choose it to be beautiful.
Well, so, here it is… Designer Chang Kwanghyo’s most beautiful moment of his life, the 20′s, translated into menswear, inspired by flowers and 90′s fashion.
I do not have an exact idea of what his 20′s consisted of, but from what I’m seeing and read, it was the 90′s, and with lots of different yet exciting events taking place. He seems to be an adventurous type but has a reserved side that acts as a self-controlling/balancing agent both in his life and in design.
This was the most interesting look of all for me, not to mention the model’s walk being out of the ordinary that which made it even more captivating. It’s just so much fun observing the different ideas the designer was playing with here with the collars (both on the shirt and the jacket) patterns and the silhouette.
This was another favorite- the boxy, square silhouette of the top works magically with the round-shaped trousers… Totally inspiring.
ummm… yes, it’s the daisy dukes again… I don’t know, I don’t yet know how to react to these shorts… I’m just not sure if an average guy could possibly rock shorts that are this short without feeling a bit awkward…
Oh, and the hats, can’t forget those. So what made Caruso stand out the first time I covered SFW was actually the hats. His show always has an unexpected twist that is the strange looking hats- and this time, it was the Gat-inspired hats reminiscent of ones wealthy men used to wear back in Chosun dynasty. As I always appreciate seeing historical or cultural elements in modern Korean fashion, this came as a pleasant surprise that made the collection so much more impactful.
I’m not necessarily certain how that bib-looking accessory works.. or how you are supposed to remove it without ripping it into pieces… but it surely adds a flavor.
I don’t know… but I’m loving this. The tiny little flower print is everything. Makes me all giddy inside.
Am I crazy or does this print make you feel all ticklish.
Oh yes, a zillion donuts on my suit. Don’t mind that at all.
Kind of wanting this combo in a sleeveless top & full skirt ensemble for women.
Are these considered culottes? Kind of, I thinks.
I love his face. I died a little when we became friends on Facebook although I have yet to say hello… and it’s already been like a year since that happened. Guess that’s the little teenage girl in me.
Check out Caruso’s past collection HERE