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Seoul Fashion Week Spring 2015: CARUSO

SFW S/S 2015: CARUSO

Inspired by a childhood memory, menswear designer Chang Kwang Hyo’s S/S ’15 collection is filled with nature and childhood innocence, the interaction of the two and the residuals of it, both the splendor and terror of that certain moment.

SFW S/S 2015: CARUSO

“This is a story from my boyhood.

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It was a drowsy afternoon at the peak of summer break. As soon as I woke up from a nap, I picked up my backpack and rushed to school thinking I was late.

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There was no one but an empty playground, desolate classrooms, and weeping trees; not a single sound of cicadas that used to entertain all summer long could be heard. Was it a dream?

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What the boy saw on that fateful summer day was perfection in itself, with colors of objects, shades of trees, and intensity of lights orchestrated in perfect harmony by a prominent conductor.

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The clock of the season and the face of the boy met at the boundary between an early morning and a relaxing afternoon, but what was lost surrounded the teary-eyed boy to elusive fear.

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This collection is an earnest attempt at reproducing light and time; not an experimentation of light nor color but a sentimental recollection of what resides in my soul as a result of that fateful summer day.

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My hope is that it will bring you back to your very own summertime, when the days were young in their liveliest and purest form.”

SFW S/S 2015: CARUSO

“Summertime”

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- Originally written in Korean by Chang Kwang Hyo, translated by yours truly ;)

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See CARUSO F/W ’14

Photo by Justin Shin, fashion photographer Seoul Korea

Seoul Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 2 Outfit

SFW SS 2015: Day 2

I’m all about versatility when it comes to dressing… and it doesn’t get any cooler than being able to share pieces with men- although, I must make it clear that such doesn’t necessarily work out all the time.

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But when I do come across a brand that is able to offer things that are one-size-fits-all and unisex that are beautiful both on men and women, that’s when I know I’ve just found a soulmate.

SFW SS 2015: Day 2

Mr. Chang Kwang Hyo is not only famous for having paved the way for Korean menswear, but his eye for finding talent is like none other in the industry. Many of the top actors in Korea made their debut at his show in the early days of their modeling career, and you can be assured when I say that I learned a thing or two by sitting next to him during a model casting. It’s all about the turn, guys, turn. You know when models walk towards the camera and make a turn? It’s that very moment that he considers most important. He says there needs to be a certain kind of attitude when a model turns his face away from the camera. That’s one of the main qualifications he seeks in a new model. Taking notes yet?

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I had the honor of participating in his S/S ’15 collection by assisting with the pamphlet content in which I basically rewrote the English version when I was asked to edit (You know, I’m “that” type: the overachiever ;P). My focus was on delivering the message as he had intended in the Korean version which he wrote himself, without sounding forced or awkward. I can’t wait to share the piece with you. Coming soon to TOMIMITO.COM along with the collection coverage!

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Double-breasted blazer specially made for TOMIMITO by CARUSO by Changkwanghyo, Men’s open-back sleeveless shirtdress & Tuxedo Bib by CARUSO by Changkwanghyo, Bowtie by Club Monaco, Stan Smith by Adidas sneakers, Sunglasses by Celine, PS1 backpack by Proenza Schouler, Fedora by Eric Javits

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014In case you were wondering what real “Gangnam Style” is about, City of Gangnam in collaboration with Coex, Hyundai Department Store, and Woori Bank presents an annual event that celebrates the vibrant town of Gangnam that is deemed the most fashion forward in the country. This year being our first time attending (thanks to the team at Caruso), we didn’t quite know what to expect but it turned out to be an interesting one where music, art, and design converge.

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014Rapper Swings killing it (or attempting to, or almost). Honestly it was my first time listening to his music and while it wasn’t strikingly awesome nor bad, what got me really intrigued was upon learning the fact that he was the key person who caused a havoc in the industry last year by personally attacking the Korean rap scene in his song King Swings. More recently, he participated in a TV Hiphop survival program Show Me the Money 3 as a producer for which he collaborated with another talented rapper, San-E.

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014So tell me, is that girl taking a picture of him or herself? #butfirst

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Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014 Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014 Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014 Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014 Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014Then came the real thing: Caruso by Chang Kwang Hyo’s F/W 2014 collection which was covered on our site previously back in spring when he first showed at Seoul Fashion Week. This was the reason why we were there so to be honest, anything else that came prior just seemed like a prelude.

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014It’s always interesting to see these shows come alive after participating in a preparation process. We had the honor of joining Mr. Chang at his model casting a few days earlier and I couldn’t wait to see the few selected good looking men do their thing on the stage. For some, it was their debut show which could be seen and felt but all in all, it was an excellent show- especially loved the creative take on the catwalk during which some models came in a pair and sometimes a trio depending on the mood. Instead of a straight line, some took a zigzag course which was somewhat distracting but definitely refreshing especially because I already had a thorough understanding of these pieces from doing an intensive coverage last season (well, not so “last season” but you know fashion is weird when it comes to “seasons.”).

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014See our coverage from Seoul Fashion Week F/W ’14 here.

Gangnam Fashion Festival 2014Mr. Chang’s new favorite face. He’s also the skinniest man I’ve ever met.

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Photography by the newest addition to the team, Allen. Read about him here.

Seoul Fashion Week Spring 2014: Caruso by Chang Kwanghyo

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Obviously, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Brows!’

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Life is all about how you see it- if you start believing that it’s difficult, trust me, it will forever be difficult.

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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.

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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. ;)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This was another favorite- the boxy, square silhouette of the top works magically with the round-shaped trousers… Totally inspiring.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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I don’t know… but I’m loving this. The tiny little flower print is everything. Makes me all giddy inside.

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Am I crazy or does this print make you feel all ticklish.

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Oh yes, a zillion donuts on my suit. Don’t mind that at all.

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Kind of wanting this combo in a sleeveless top & full skirt ensemble for women.

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Are these considered culottes? Kind of, I thinks.

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Check out Caruso’s past collection HERE