Big Korea

3c7c25ed6cfa0c0e22b5a9ff79894255screen Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 1.17.17 PM I spent two years living in South Korea the year after I graduated from university. During those years, when I wasn’t travelling, eating, and partying my way through the peninsula, I was spending my hard-earned teaching salary on clothes. I was envious of all the impeccable-looking women I passed in the streets of Seoul who always had the best lipstick colours and the highest heels, rain or shine. Even though I found the style of dress, at times, a little predictable and conservative, I was genuinely fascinated by how polished Koreans were and are always capable of looking.

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 1.13.43 PM Polish and presentation are things Koreans do very well. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they fought their way out of post-war poverty and straight into the OECD within 50 years. You don’t achieve something that impressive by accepting your limitations. This perseverance and determined hustle seem to define their shared cultural identity, from what I observed during my years in Korea, and it comes into play in more ways than just fashion. Technology, education, pop culturepublic infrastructure, even their boy bands are light years ahead of anything the West has ever produced.

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 1.16.31 PM Fashion-wise, there is a sense among Koreans that anything the West can do, Koreans could do it better. They wouldn’t be entirely wrong. For the past few years, a whole new pack of ethnically Korean womenswear designers have  started appearing on style.com. They—the Lims, the Chois, the Lees—as well as a number of fresh young talent coming out of London and New York have an obvious inclination for minimalist designs, muted colours, and polished looks. These are a far cry from the maximalist sensibilities of brands like Missoni, Isabel Marant, and Prada. Rather they seem much more inspired by the thoughtful simplicity of Phoebe Philo’s Céline, the downtown cool of Alexander Wang, and the deconstructed classicism of Yohji Yamamoto.

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The Pack is hardly new to the Korean fashion game—shhrug recently wrote about the Antwerp graduate and winner of the 2013 H&M Design Award, Minju Kim. Click after the jump for a breakdown of a few of my favourite new designers from the Land of the Morning Calm.

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Subconscious Obsession: White Denim

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 My obsessions with white denim and checking the 14-day forecast have reached unreasonable heights. I just recently realized that everything I’ve been collecting from thrift stores and quick trips to the mall on my way home from work have been white denim things. I’m still kicking myself for passing up the perfect white denim jacket from a thrift store in Berlin last summer. The search continues for a replacement for that memory. And a white denim dress, white denim overalls, white denim work shirts, baggy white denim jeans, white denim baseball caps…

Moschino by Nicki

The Pack loves having our smart and opinionated girlfriends share their thoughts on fashion here, and I personally could listen to Lauren Mitchell riff on rap all day. This is her second post on hip hop fashion . You can find her first one here.

moschino-logoMoschino is one of those labels that gets shit on by plenty of fashion reviewers/critics, and you know, part of me gets that. They mad corny, at times tacky, at times so tacky it’s almost gauche. But for me, when they hit it, they hit it hard. And I think a lot of that has to do with who is wearing their stuff. The person, in my mind, that looks best in Moschino is Nicki Minaj. She looks like she was meant to be covered in the gold iteration of the logo, holding a purse that looks like an order of McDonald’s fries.winter-outfits-for-school-2014delhi-style-blog--moschino-autumn-winter-2014-jeremy-scott-qgb6yf4lMoschino has such a hip hop aesthetic, I watch their runway shows and spend the whole time wishing it was just like, Nicki, Iggy Azalea, Rihanna, and Kelis stomping down the runway, serving hip hop like no model ever has/could/will. Maybe Jeremy Scott will figure that shit out. Maybe in order to do so he should definitely watch the video for “Senile”, a track featuring Nicki, Tyga, and Lil Wayne, all going hard (though none of them harder than our girl Nicki) over a pretty sparse, outer space type beat. 

On top of the fact that Nick drops the hottest verse on this track, she is also the most interesting/mesmerizing part of the video, and is dressed in two looks from the most recent Moschino collection. Now, I am not here to get into any sort of fucked up body shaming type garbage, but people, level with me, I pretty much only wanna see Nicki’s sweet, sweet booty filling out all Moschino forever, end of story. That black, leather two piece outfit looks like it was custom made for her, and probably no one else should try and touch the mens-underwear inspired bra and panties set, cause blinged out with a bandana was exactly what it needed and y’all should step off.blackleatherbrapantiesIn an ideal world, I would get to style Nicki for every video she ever made, but instead, I’m just gonna play pretend stylist here with you instead.

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