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Now only if someone would explain what “Studio K” means, or where in the world it’s located, at least.. really hoping it’s not in Garosugil or somewhere in Gangnam where the designer Hong, Hye Jin’s office is located because that’d immediately take all the fun and fantasy out of it. Hence I digress…
A border, whether it divides countries, or two different types of elements such as the land and the water, plays a critical role in a world that mainly deals with things of visual nature as that’s what makes layering and interaction possible.
Hong applied this idea to her spring collection by using loads of graphics and layers to recreate the division, layers and interactive interface that occur as a result of border’s existence. Not that it’s a rather serious topic to be dealt with particularly for fashion which is often considered shallow and fleeting, it’s undeniably an interesting thought to play with, especially for those living in a country that suffers from a painful division of the land, and also one that is surrounded by the sea. But why does any of that matter when results are exuberant and just straight out pretty like this (this includes boys’ stuff)? Isn’t that how our lives are? We all in a way live a life that is contradicting; by distracting ourselves with things that are lightweight and superficially exciting, we try to turn away and forget about the not-so-great part of our lives, which in the end (unfortunately and ironically) turns out to be most important. In that sense, why don’t we just start lusting after model turned actress Lee, Sung Gyung’s plump lips? The real question perhaps should be, “How in the world is that possible for a Korean?”
As one of Korea’s most long-running and experienced womenswear fashion designers, Gee Choon Hee never fails to present a show that is both dramatic and romantic. Her Spring ’15 collection wasn’t an exception as she attempted to illustrate “unconsciousness” through the use of calm colors and clean silhouettes with minimal stitch work all the while keeping her signature romantic mood actively breathing throughout the entire collection. While the pink and mint lizard ensembles came and went unexpectedly which was somewhat distracting, perhaps “sexy” is another essential part of human nature that innately resides in the unconscious.
Photo by Justin Shin, Fashion Photographer Seoul Korea
While the rest of Korea is drowning in 90′s pop culture (myself not-so-secretly included), it’s become apparent that what’s considered sexy for men has changed a lot over the years. Actually, I’m not so sure about the rest of the world but at least for me, there is a very high correlation between masculinity and sexual attractiveness, and for Resurrection’s spring collection through which designer Lee, Ju-young attempted to show both casual and masculine sides of menswear via industrial mood. As expected however, the so-called “masculinity” often felt more imposed than natural.
As many of us like to point out while watching female singers perform in their most provocative clothes, sexy isn’t about showing more skin, but it comes from within, which I’m sure can be achieved in fashion, too, without having to use skin as a major part of the collection. And obviously, with an incorporation of aggressive accessorizing, things can get quite complicated especially for menswear- the route which Lee decided to take anyway. Thankfully, it turned out not as disastrous but I’m fervently praying that no one else besides the model below attempts it at home.
While the mesh could have been skipped (note: this is purely a personal opinion, I’m just tired of them), graphic print and vertical stripes paired with leather pants (or faux, can’t tell) were cool, an ensemble in which even a use of the leather harness became forgivable. A high-end street wear that’s more luxurious and glamorous than it should be, perhaps. But either way, that’s what sets Resurrection apart from the rest of the menswear. Kudos for being adventurous especially for Korean menswear, Ms. Lee!
Photos by Justin Shin, Korea Fashion Photographer