So this week was mostly all about Kanye West’s launch of new collection in collaboration with adidas in New York. Fashion websites this week was all about hollywood celebrities who attended this show and the apparent discomfort between Kim Kadarshian & Beyonce. In this post of mine, I am going to voice my opinion about Kanye’s collection, and it does matter, because I could have paid to buy these no-brainer jackets and pale army tops.
Before I get to the collection, I must mention Adidas. Adidas is considered an innovative and responsible sports fashion wear brand with a great lineage. How could a prestigious platform like adidas have have signed up for this???
Primarily due his association with the Kadarshian clan and secondarily due to music, Kanye is a ever growing popular personality. I like his personality, he is very gentle and well-spoken. But, a collection of this sort was absolutely unnecessary.
Kanye West launched his Adidas original collection last week in New york. Guess, he did not learn anything from his shows in Paris during 2011. The clothes have a worn-out army feel against tight bodied stockings. What is exactly creative about this? I have similar tens of old torn winter wears.
Analysing his success at this point is pointless, as it hardly has to do anything with creativity in today’s fashion scene, but it surely would be sustainable. Kanye very humbly does not considers considering himself a designer and the rationale behind launching this collection was a “solution to problems” faced by him and his friends and an echo to some old London riots. This sportswear collection took him 18 months to complete in association with the adidas team . Fashion publicist Kelly Cutron’s cruelly slamming the collection was pretty inevitable.
While beginning to write this post I am looking out of the window. I can see few red color accessories hanging from the head of the windows on almost every floor, on the opposite side of the building. I see…. It’s the Chinese New Year. Now, on retrospection I understand why all the traditional Chinese eating joints are so over crowded and why almost everything is sold out in the shops. It’s the season of shopping, hopping and gifting. In this post I would talk of gifting – The tradition of gifting during festivals in Asia. However as I write about gifting, I must highlight the most sought after gift is American.
It is not new that Apple is the most preferred gifting brand amongst the Chinese consumers. This fever is very much in trend in Singapore for sometime now and peaks during the Chinese New Year. Apple has ramped up its current ‘iphone’ 6 offerings for this occasion at different telecom service providing outlets like Singtel and Starhub in Singapore.
The swanky looking sleek gold and silver handsets are a crucial part of lifestyle and personal statement not only amongst the affluent and semi-affluent sections but also among the youth and senior adults of the asian society (broadly speaking about China, South East Asia and South Korea). It has grown into every conscious, ambitious & fashionable’s brand of desire. Well, I desire this brand and love to own it. Apple has outranked Samsung in technology and luxury brands like Louis Vuitton & Hermes in China.
Now with the Apple ‘iwatch’ expected to come onboard very soon it very soon going to create a huge space for itself in this already-crowded niche market. I am an ardent Apple lover and feel it has truly become the brand of gifting for the moment.
Its been quite some time now I have blogged, though it was subconsciously there in my mind. Lots have taken place since the last few months. Changes are not limited to my location only, but an emotional and lifestyle upheaval has taken place too. Relocating from Seoul was decided. Yes, moving to a new place, living in new city, working in a new place, living in a new home do sound interesting, yet familiarising with the unfamiliar is the most daunting and exhausting task.
Singapore – my new destination, is a very simple & easy place to live in, yet I have not found my place yet. Unlike Seoul where I only consumed visual content due to lack of understanding the language, here in Singapore I don’t face that challenge, however I still lag behind to catch up with the pace of the city. Be it the SG50 campaign running across the city or the semi-tropical undefined style of fashion, I am finding it easy yet baffling to grasp entirely. Talking of fashion, unlike the Korean culture where “whats-in” is the key to dressing throughout the year, here in Singapore it is more about comfort. The best time to experience the dressing scene in Singapore is during the early rush hours in the morning. Appropriate make-up, nude shade kitten heels, linen trouser and long scarfs are the usual everyday woman wears. My workplace is simply cute with lot of happy and chirpy Singaporean faces and a very inspiring boss. Everyday here is a challenge, yet a new learning. I am stumbling every moment and standing the next.
Last week we traveled to Busan. A beautiful coastal city at the southern tip of South Korea. Busan is the second most largest city in Korea both in terms of population and popularity after Seoul. A 2 night 3 day trip which wasn’t very awaited turned out to be one of the most memorable trip of my life. Maximum fun with minimum luggage with free hands to capture what our eyes see in Camera is my husband’s travel mantra. I abide it. Therefore a long light pink shrug, a pair of light leather-like comfortable boots, a pair of black shorts, 2 tops, a bag with essentials and a pair of cool sunglasses.
The pink shrug was so ideal amidst nature and the cool breeze
Seoul is truly a shopping haven. Unlike other destinations of Asia (where I haven’t been yet) Korea prides itself for its made in Korea label. Unlike any other metropolis Seoul has all of Michel Kors, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Farrago, Forever 21, Burberry, H&M and all yet here exists a great behavior of boutique shopping trends. The best places of Seoul to check out boutique stores would be Itaewon (where I stay ), Appujeong, Gangnam and Garosagil . It was in Garusagil one day while I was wondering with my camera where I came across two stores about which I would like to mention in post today.
The Full spot Factory – Now this is a popular brand from Italy. Though it has made its presence felt very much in Europe, its now in South Korea for some time. However unlike the trend of getting every single consumer centric name to the glitzy image of ruthless ‘brandism’ the Full Spot Factory is playing it quite and niche among the selective buyers in Seoul. I happened to have strolled into their shop, primarily because of the attractive colors and loved every bit of it. I did not know about this brand before. The Full spot factory Seoul outlet is mainly endorsing bags at the moment and they are worth a buy. Sleek, bright and different would be the 3 words I would like to describe them with. They have different sizes and are priced from $75 (US) and above. Check them out at http://www.fullspot.kr/shop/main/index.php or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fullspotkorea/info.
Moeum – Honestly, it was their very inviting walkway décor to the store, which got me. Moeum’s footwear style was classic and honestly was not anything I hadn’t seen before. But even the classic designs, which they displayed, were stylishly unusual. Specially the colors used and the intelligent use of leather. Their collection of summer flats and gladiator flats were very distinct which I have not seen in Seoul or other parts of Korea before. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/moeum/timeline. The décor including the wall art was breathtaking. It will surely attract any buyer’s attention.
It’s peak summer now in Seoul and humidity seems to be in its best form. Though this period is very short-lived yet it gives everyone a hard time to cope up with it. Apart from the experience of the lush green view, bright sunshine and a lovely outdoors culture the site of cool casuals and amazing summer footwears are in abundance to experience in the everyday life.
It was few days back I took my Canon T3i camera and went to try out my amateur photography skills. I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the footwears worn by others. Sharing below some of clicks:
It’s been almost 3 years I have been living in South Korea and with every passing day I realize there is a lot left to know about this nation and its culture. This place has an unexplained air about it. Korea is a nation with a long and deep-rooted cultural history of Confucianism dating back to the 8000 BC roughly. However, modern Korea (South Korea) is a peculiar amalgamation of the past and present. When it comes to fashion the world looks up to the West, so does South Korea. Yet like any other country it has is own way of defining it. Fashion sensibilities of the North Asian countries like South Korea, Japan and certain parts of Northern China are completely different from their South Asian counterparts like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and others. There is a certain unconventional pattern in the appearance, which leaves behind clues from where they could have hailed from. Following few facts are some of the signature looks of Koreans and North Asians, which may lead any other foreigner to be curious.
Lack of creativity with Korean national dress – As I mentioned in my opening lines that Korea is a country with long history. Its traditional dresses too hold a strong place in it. ‘Hanbok’ is a beautiful traditional Korean wear worn both by men and women. Another traditional wear called ‘Hwarot’ worn by women is also very significant. Even at their weddings they choose to wear western style gowns. The use of traditional dresses in daily life can commonly be witnesses on the streets of Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto unlike South Korea where the use of traditional wear is limited to festivities and tourism areas.
Covering up our upper body – South Korea is a place, which witnesses severe and harsh winters. Thanks to Russia, which passes on its Siberian air. The whole country could be seen in their overcoats, Jackets and fancy gloves, especially Seoul, which is the fashion capital of Korea. During January to April the scene is pretty much similar everywhere. Things appear to be different in late April and May and by the time the calendar page sets on June it’s all about flats, chappals, cute Korean hair buns, flip flops, huge bags and super short shorts. The strange thing is no matter how short their shorts are when it comes to their upper body they suddenly become very conventional. Any average Korean or North Asian women are very reluctant to reveal their shoulders. And there’s no way for a low-neck or deep back top.
Men use bb cream & lip balms – Korean men, especially the youth are very soft spoken and polite in their behavior. Rarely a Korean man could be spotted making eye contact to a stranger without plausible cause. They are almost always very well dressed and accessorized wearing a layer or two of beauty balm creams. I first noticed it during my first year of working at my workplace when one of my male colleagues asked me to come over his workstation to check out a detail in a power point presentation we were working on. While speaking as I took a very close look at his face I saw him wearing thick layers of foundations that was making the natural color of his neckline prominent. I suggest just pick any Korean drama and see it for yourself how men are into heavy make-up giving women serious competition.
Matching couple dresses – Wearing matching couple dresses are more a part of their casual dressing. But this is a very common sight in South Korea to spot young couples wearing top to bottom matching attire and cozying up in cafes.
Artificial collars – Collars are huge within Korea among women and other North Asian countries. Tops, T-shirts, Sleeveless Shirts (rare), Jackets, dress almost everything comes with Collars. Loose collars can also be bought in different garment markets. These come in various kinds, like plain collars, textured collars, textured collars, designer collars with pearls and laces etc.
Skirt-Leggings – Well, I could not find out an exact name for this skirt cum leggings even n the shopping streets. They are everywhere in Seoul. Basically these are a pair of leggings with a short skirt attached to them. These are more popular with high school and college students. Young girls in their late teens and early 20s can be easily spotted wearing them in university areas like the Ehwa Women’s University narrow streets, Yonsei University are cafes etc.
Super tight Skirts – Now this is more corporate or formal dressing. During my two year stint of Working in Seoul and mingling with men and women with all kinds of Client servicing industry I noticed women are very much into Skirts for formal occasions and almost never do they wear trousers or pants. But the skirts worn are so obnoxiously tight and cause tremendous trouble in movement. This concern becomes more evident when Korean people, who just love to eat out, go out for lunch. Though not all, but majority of the Korean restaurants have tradition sitting on floor arrangements. The women just struggle to somehow eat their lunch and stand. Guess they invited the idea of “no gain without any pain” too seriously.
Lace Lace Lace – Korean and Japanese girls have huge fascination with Lace. One of my friends said it is called the “Dating dress” in Korea. They wear it everywhere. Korean wear even pumps made of different designs of Lace during the summer and honestly it is very comfortable with an elegant look. However lace t-shirts, clutches, hairbands and shrugs is a bit too much.
We all have our share of liking for traditional dresses. They can never go undesired. In today’s post I am going to talk about Hanbok, literally meaning Korean clothing. But Hanbok is not just any Korean clothing with a history from the Joseon dynasty.
On reading a bit about Korean culture and its history I learned that the upper class of the society, which included rulers and aristocrats wore a different kind of dressing style whereas commoners opted for Hanbok. The fabric for commoners were restricted to cotton only by law, whereas the privileged class of King, Queen and their court members experimented with numerous kinds of Silk for winter, spring and autumn season and preferred high quality light cotton fabric for warmer days.
During the course of history very minor or negligible alterations were made to this dress by foreign influences. By and large this attire remains as it was during its historical time. The only visible impact was made by Mongolian culture when a Mongolian princess had got married to a Korean king.
Interestingly, colors and prints too had different meanings or significance. For example a woman who wore a Hanbok, of a deep shade of blue implied she is a mother whereas only members of royal family only could wear Hanboks with golden leafs printed on the lower part of the long skirt. Koreans say that a Hanbok looks most beautiful when the wearer practices traditional etiquettes.
The other name for Hanbok in the other Korea is Chosŏn-ot. Hope both the nations and the dress have one name someday.
The feeling satisfaction of cool water on your skin in the peak of June is so nice. It gets nicer when you can casually drench yourself purely in joy without giving a second thought about anything. This one piece wonder called “Jumpsuit” makes it absolutely real. The light & soft fabric, a pair of comfortable flats, my glasses and my bag was everything that made my evening so blissful by the Han river in the evening. The continuity of this wear gives it a wonderful look which is classic and would remain so for future generations too.
Guess the pop icon who made this piece a rage among men’s fashion scene – no candies for guessing – ELVIS PRESLEY . Currently Forever 21 has the coolest collection of jumpsuits of all the other clothing brand. They are very ’21ish’ and more ‘street fashion’. however I wish they had more chic designs.