Mothafuckin’ fabulous. Sorry, but you can KEEP your fancy foreign brands. Give me domestic Korean “wonderland” fashion ALL DAY. This Ewha Women’s University Fashion Design major had just come out of the LANG&LU show rocking their shit. I was so happy to capture this look because I NEVER get the femmey fashions because those girls never agree to pose. But she was at fashion week to see and be seen, so I was able to get THAT LOOK which is so unequivocally Korean in its unapologetic hyperfemininity that is so WINKWINK over-the-top that it knows you know she knows you know this is damn near high Irony. There is nothing more Korean than this look, right down to the thick stockings with sandal heels. And the sartorial logic that posits that the aggressively demure outer top cancels out the fact she’s wearing just a black bra visible through a sheer top. It violates all kinds of traditional fashion codes with both a sneer and a wink. This kind of sartorial code-smashing is goddamn ingenious. And happens to be the very way K-POP videos sneered, slinked, and code-smashed themselves into globe-conquering, pop culture juggernaut.
Middle schools dominate Saturdays at Seoul Fashion Week. You can go chasing after famous model stars wearing all black and waste your time if you want, but what are you left with? What’s it tell you about what’s going ON??
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How many street brands can you spot? Hint: it’s kind of a trick question.
Just clean lines. Ha ent seen such a truly traditional Korean face that WASN’T traditional in YEARS. Han Ohk-Hui. And with a most old-school, Traditional Korean name. She may not be the model Korea deserves, but she’s the model Korea needs.
The clean lines of a Disruptor.
Han Ohk-Hui, ladies and germs. Eating with my intern team in the pizza place with all our gear packed and stowed, I spy this young lady on the way out so I had to ask for an impromptu casting session. I mean, she was wearing my favorite shoes!! So we went to the GS25 and did convenience store fashion shoot. And I’ve never seen such clean lines, either on a model or a shoe. In the pizza place, she had said she wasn’t modeling, but as I shot, I was like, “She’s obviously a professional and done this before.” It was like not knowing who Lebron James was and asking him for a pickup game on the playground. Cuz she had GAME. Simply Amazing.
I usually don’t shoot runway anymore at Seoul Fashion Week because it’s kind of a waste of my time. This was one of the two shows I shot this week worthy of getting me in off the street runway on the main DDP ramp. I shoot runway for a few reasons. 1. To get social capital points as a photographer with street fashion folks, cuz runway shots mean you seem more legit. 2. CHARMS is a pretty fucking important brand in Korea. 3. To keep track of the really really important conversation going on between street and runway in Korea. 4. Because this is where you can catch the big fashion stars. The thing is, they give out House Photo’s runway shots to press ppl for free, making doing runway on your own only important if you need your own copyrighted images to use or sell. I am uploading this image because I like this model, Han Hyeon -min, hey Korean – Nigerian model who broke open the fashion industry to not only black folks and Korea in general, but made a space forAlterity in the traditional notion of Korean purity all-round.