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Seoul Fashion Week Spring 2015: CRES. E. DIM.

SFW S/S 2015: CRES. E DIM.

One great thing about having experienced a not-so-memorable past collection is that there is something to look forward to in the next season. And this season, Cres. E. Dim., comes on strong with a collection filled with engaging pieces that not only prove that he’s a qualified designer but that he can embrace and reinterprete “norm core” in his own, unique way using elements found in Korean school uniforms from the 70′s. There were jerseys, mesh sweaters, trench-inspired sport coats, culottes and even bucket hats to add to the list. While it is uncertain whether he meant the band or the artist when he mentioned Yves Klein Blue as part of inspiration, this sporty yet relaxed approach to casual wear sure seems to be working for the brand.

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Photo by Justin Shin, Fashion Photographer Seoul Korea

Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2014: CRES. E DIM.

SFW F/W '14: CRES. E DIM.

 

Brand Concept
The brand name is an abbreviation of a musical term, ‘CRESCENDO E DIMINUENDO,’ meaning ‘gradual increase and gradual decrease.’ Our design direction is to reflect the current values through our modern clothing.
2014 F/W Concept
Theme: Future Shock
Season Concept: Inspired by the cover and contents of Alvin Toffler’s ‘Future Shock,’ released in the 1970s, the collection is based on the imagination of the near future. It is a mixture of classic and sporty as an expression of the contemporary sensibility
Style: Coat, Jacket, Jumper, Top, Blouse, Dress, Skirt, Pants, Accessories, Bags, etc.
Fabric: WOOL, LAMBS LEATHER, POLYURETHAN, TENCEL ETC.
Color: BLACK, WHTIE, GREY, PINK, BLUE
(source: seoulfashionweek.org)

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Photos by Justin Shin, fashion photographer Seoul Korea

Mind Control

Do you ever feel… overwhelmed?

There are hundred things (and growing) on your To-Do list  and one minute you feel all charged up and ready to go but the next, you are totally feeling like… nothing. Suddenly unenthusiastic for no apparent reason. It’s as if part of your brain has taken off, leaving you blank-minded. Even worse is that you start thinking about all the bad things that are happening in your life, even the most minuscule, how insignificant it may be in real life. The more you meditate on it, it becomes bigger and bigger, and then the next thing you know, you are becoming nervous and anxious. You know there are more good things happening in your life than the negatives but your mind keeps turning to the bad… and eventually, you find yourself not only demotivated but consumed, drained, spent, however you’d like to describe it, even though you haven’t even checked off #1 on the list. Things start to seem purposeless and meaningless… even though that is far from the truth.

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Why do we put ourselves through this misery? Better yet, why do we “let” our mind behave such a way? Shouldn’t we be able to control and manage our mind more actively and effectively? After all, mind is part of who we are, though it may not be as tangible or visible as the other parts of the body.

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But the question is…

Do we really own it though, the mind.

Have you ever thought about that?

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Why is it that it wanders off like that? and why is it that it’s so much harder to make it do what we want it to do compared to our body parts such as the face, fingers, etc?

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Could it be possible that the mind belongs… somewhere else?

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During my time as a Psychology student, the term “mindfulness” came as a refreshing shock to me. It was an enlightening moment for both my academic and personal life, as I tried to incorporate it into my daily routine as much as possible while trying to decipher the world of mind exercise.

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Perhaps one of these days, when I’m finally ready to go back to school (if ever) I’ll find out the ultimate truth about the relationship between the brain (physical) and the mind (spiritual) but for now, the conclusion is this:

While the body belongs to the earth, the mind belongs to the spiritual world… which is why we need to be much more cautious to not let it slip, because it’s that much harder to bring it back.

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Jacket, Pants, Top by CRES. E DIM, Neon necklace from a vendor in Kowloon, HK, Hologram heels by Jeffrey Campbell, White leather cap from Amazon

Finding Hope

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I must confess… There are days when I feel much less creative than usual

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Some days I feel much less confident in just about everything.

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and I have realized that the two are very closely related, usually the latter being the cause of the former.

but how do I overcome it?

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How do you do it?

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I know I’m not the only one who goes through this… At least I would like to believe so.

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Have I told you? I have taken antidepressant before.

Please don’t feel sorry for me, it helped me more than anything. ;)

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What I was really afraid was when the doctor told me that I may have to take it for the rest of my life.

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but there was no way I was going to let myself permanently depend on something like that…

All I needed, really,

was to find peace in my heart,

that’s all.

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But at the time, that seemed to be most challenging out of all:

Finding inner peace,

because there was so much going on inside of my heart, inside of my mind…

There were continuous battles, never ending. Every morning and every night my physical being would fight against something spiritual that was pretty much evil residing in my mind which would eventually reveal its existence through a physical sensation.

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When you go through troubled times, when everyone around you seem to be turning against you, when things seem to be going the opposite of what you hoped them to be, when there seems to be no meaning or hope in life,

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How do you deal with it? How do you get yourself out of the gutter? When you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, what is that one thing that pulls you out of it?

For me, it was the truth. The ultimate truth that has never changed in the past, and will never change no matter what happens even if the entire human race disappears from the face of the earth. All you have to do is to believe. That’s what I did.

By the way, I’m no longer on medication, it actually ended after a few months, thank God. I’m well now, as long as my spiritual life is healthy which has a lot to do with what I expose myself to, though life does throw you curve balls here and there- you just need to learn to play along, I realized. If you are struggling, please remember that you are not the only one. We were created to interact, to live together, after all.

You are not alone. Never. I want this blog to be more than a fashion blog, lifestyle blog, whatever. This space is precious to me because it connects me to people all over the world, like you. While sometimes sharing too much of my personal life makes me feel vulnerable; most of the times, I find peace by doing so. and I know you will too, because all you need, really, is someone to hear you out.

Happy day, everyone.

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Navy Blue Skinny Jeans with Zipper Details by J Brand, Wine Leather Detail Bomber Jacket by Cres. E Dim, Sleeveless Sheer Top by MagNMag MyeongDong, Beige V-neck Sweater by Zara, Bracelet by Tiffany & Co., Rings by Marida Jewelry, Skeleton Clutch by Cres. E Dim, Hologram Flat Sandals by Jeffrey Campbell called “Deetz”, Camel Leather Jacket by Muubaa, Brown Midi Skirt with Eel Leather Detail by Cres. E Dim, Camel Wedge Heels by Jeffrey Campbell, Brown Shades by Tom Ford

 

Versatility is a Virtue

 

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I had been looking for a scarf that is large enough and square enough to be worn. Yes, not to be tied around the neck or worn on head as a turban as I have in the past but worn like a top… or a dress, even. Despite the countless number of Youtube videos (which is almost looking excessive at this point) on “Scarf how to’s,” I’ve found it rather difficult to come across one that’s not long and rectangle, or one that barely covers my chest… What I needed was one that’s kindly ginormous… and gorgeous.

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and when I was about to give up, on that fateful spring day,

we met,

oh-so-unexpectedly.

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While undoubtedly among the most luxurious and unique pieces, leather pants can add “weight” to an outfit so I wanted the upper part of the look to give off a lighter (or even floaty) vibe, both physically and aesthetically, hence the scarf.

But even so, it took a while to come up with this particular way to wear it, as halter seemed to be the most logical option to balance out the look by showing some skin (lole) to offset the “heaviness” created by the material and delicate details of the pants.

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The challenge was to find a way to make the center piece (which is also two layers of scarf corners) stay in place, and that’s when my necklace (that had sadly been neglected for almost little too long) came in handy.

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Voila, there, I had my halter top to go perfectly with the army green leather pants.

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I must say that while the sun in Seoul is nowhere close to the one in LA, the rays are still powerful enough for both minor and serious skin damage (which is why you see so many ladies aka ajummas in those RoboCop visors and arm protectors on the streets) but fortunately, this button down came to my rescue which was also soft and roomy to let some air in on this unusually warm spring day.

Just a side note: stopped by E-Mart (equivalent to Target in the States) today to pick up a pair of arm protectors… now on the lookout for RoboCop visors… hmm.. Thinking of doing an outfit post once the complete look is achieved… What do you think? haha

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Leather pants, Graphic Print Scarf (worn as a top), Khaki Button-down Shirt with leather details, and Skeleton Clutch by Cres. E Dim. Hologram “Don’t Care” Heels by Jeffrey Campbell. Ray-Ban Aviators. Necklace from KM Play on Garosugil, Seoul.

Cres. E Dim: Second Nature

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Inspired by Japanese artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka‘s 2008 exhibition titled “Second Nature” (which was a work based on his theory of applying natural laws into his designs), along with expressive cues taken from Helmut Newton’s works from the 60′s (in particular one in which women are portrayed as men), Cres. E Dim by Kim Hong Bum’s 2013 F/W collection is more than what is commonly expected of clothes, one that which is both surprising and uniquely impressive.

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(Photo credit: Tokujin.com)

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With architecture being one of his interests besides fashion (among many other subjects including photography and graphic design), it is not surprising that one can easily notice architectural elements in his designs, such as symmetrical balance, mixture of various shapes and forms in coexistence, and synthesis of materials aptly incorporated.

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Now, it should be noted that “Second Nature” has a completely different meaning here in contrast to how it’s used in the English language (usually used to describe a type of behavior so ingrained through habit or practice that it seems natural, automatic, or without a basis in conscious thought); in Tokujin’s definition, the term describes another face of “nature” as in a characteristic that we never knew existed, a side that isn’t usually or easily revealed, one that which can only be discovered through a study that is both extensive and intense.

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Such is the case with Kim’s F/W collection, in which his passion for design, research & observation, along with dedication to meticulousness is evident.

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This philosophy, shared with Tokujin, is what frames the collection, while Newton’s work is the artistic inspiration behind it which is displayed through a careful marriage of design elements that are feminine yet masculine, or vice versa.

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Kim confesses that practicality seemed more important in the beginning when his brand was first launched in 2009, therefore, casual seemed to be the right direction at the time; however, as the brand grew, he started feeling more comfortable with experimenting, specifically with his own interpretation of pieces that possess all the main elements such as aesthetics and comfort all the while carrying brand’s unique identity which is represented through architectural elements and a bit of mannishness.

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Kim reminds us that while a simple silhouette may be key, details are just as important, which is one of his strengths.

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 details. cuts. patterns. shapes.

Every little component strategically and purposely planned and placed, Cres. E Dim is where art meets functionalism, reminiscent of the creative process involved in architectural design.

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Neon graphic sleeveless top & leather vest from Cres. E Dim 13 S/S collection. Skirt & black maxi dress with embossed leather detail from 13 F/W collection. Transparent acrylic & leather combo bracelet by Cres. E Dim. Hologram ‘Don’t Care’ heels and black cut out ‘Devandra’ heels by Jeffrey Campbell

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See our coverage of Cres. E Dim 2013 F/W collection at Seoul Fashion Week

 

Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2013: CRES. E DIM. by Kim Hong Bum

Just before the show started, a new friend and I were chatting about some of these Korean brands with names that are impossible to pronounce or read, even. It’s different when it’s a Korean name, but when it’s a mix of French or Italian and English, it gets kind of tricky… but it turns out, Cres. E Dim is actually a mix of two terms frequently used in music: Crescendo and Diminuendo, which means gradually longer and gradually softer, respectively, which is Kim’s philosophy behind the brand:

“To create a shape and split it up, place a color on the broken shape, then let it naturally flow like a running river.”

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This interesting philosophy can be seen throughout the collection in which a silhouette is sliced into fragments to become something new and different, breathing life into the entire dressing process to eventually be used as a mechanism to communicate with the world.

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Using both practical and unfamiliar materials, Kim successfully delivered the theme and inspiration behind this collection, “The Second Nature.” Inspired by the world-renowned Japanese artist, Tokujin Yoshioka” who is known for his knack of seamlessly combining technology and nature in his works and Helmut Newton, famous for his black-and-white fashion photography, Kim pursues perpetual experimentation of the female body with a touch of outer space whimsy and a reference to Star Wars (This, by the way, is purely my opinion. I just couldn’t help but picture Darth Vader in some of these pieces which is actually a really, really cool thing.)

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Darth Vader, anyone? In a super awesome way, that is!

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My favorite look at the show- Not only do I love how feminine the silhouette is but the look is both futuristic and trendy at the same time while embracing the monochromatic trend. And those layered skirts are totally major.

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Pleats are here to stay. Do not touch those grandma maxis… just yet. ;)

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and here’s Darth Vader again. So cool.

CED28Digging the maxi skirt +long overcoat look for F/W. Spring just got here and I’m already ready to shop for Fall. Fashion Week makes my life so difficult. ;P

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