If you want to learn about Korean fashion, you will have to learn from the best. How do you look for the best? Well, it also depends on how you define the word ‘best’, to me ‘best’ also encompasses an element of ease. If the best consist of some unknown Korean singer or eccentric Korean designer hiding on some secluded mountain, I don’t think I will want to spend so much time searching for them.
How then do I define best? Well, I guess Korean celebrities are a good start. For one, they are based in Korea or born/raised/grown up in Korea so Korean fashion is part and parcel of their life. Secondly, they are public figures and in Korea there is always this pressure to look good especially since they are under such strict public scrutiny (otherwise we will not be hearing about crazy rate of plastic surgery being done by Korean singer, Korean actor, Korean actress etc.)
I like this movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ by David Frankel as the lead actress, Andrea Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway), is always impeccably dressed with very fashionable clothing (especially after she was transformed from a fashion noob to a fashionista). There is this Korean drama which is very much like ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (perhaps you can call it the Korean version of the movie) and it’s called ‘Style’. Watch for Kim Hye Soo who plays ‘Miranda’, the chief editor of Style magainze, as she is always fashionably dressed, carries herself well and has her own fashion style. Like I’ve mentioned previously, Korean movies is a great way to observe Korean fashion and this is one of the must watch if you want to find out more about Korean fashion the easy way (no research is required, all you have to do is watch the movie).
I like Korean dress and Korean shoes in general and I think the combination on Kim Hye Soo in the movie poster is nice. It exudes charm in a womanly and manly way because she’s revealing her curves and it’s a toga top (toga tops are sexy and not everyone can carry it off well) with a banded bottom to show off her long and slender feet. The high heels also help in ‘elongating’ her already long and slender legs. Why do I say manly charm because her poise and dressing also reveals her confidence and pride just like an egoistic male. I don’t really like the combination on Lee Ji Ah (she plays Lee Seo Jung, assistant to Hye Soo) though, the dress just looks kind of plain and is not in an attractive shade of purple but I do find her shoes (ankle-length sneakers in wedges style) gorgeous though.
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