2NE1 – fashionplate bulletin

One of the things I am getting unreasonable glee from these days is the noveau-80s, especially as represented in South Korea, where they didn’t have them the first go round.

Everything from brightly colored space-travel imagery and prisms, to high-tops and trashy-style shirts–they want it all.

2NE1 are the perfect group to crystallize this movement, because unlike a lot of the girl-groups, their shtick seems to be weird and unattractive. And I mean that in the best possible way.

Though f(x) also has ventured into the grunge, trashy offshoots of 80s retro, they still have a pretty solid cuteness facto. Amber is the tomboy of their group, where 2NE1 has a single member playing the baby-cute role. They all seem to take one for the team as far as tomboy/punk-ugly/whathaveyou get ups go.

courtesy sookyeong of "K Bites"

They even manage to not look like they’re starving, though they’re all actually pretty standard-sized for a girl group. Two of the members have wide faces that seem more mature–and their music videos often seem to play that up.

Then, of course, you just have the fun stuff that I covet…

SPIKED HOODIE? Who wouldn’t.

This angle plays up more the sinuous mature side of this outfit, but there’s a tie and jacket involved. Basically, you could get G-Dragon to wear this outfit, barring the shoes. (Also, he might be monogamous with his own puppy…

{I also adore/train-wreck-‘ship G-Dragon’s fashion as a solo act. Post to come?}

Total resemblance.

One thing that their less pretty-pretty image does is allow you to question the assumption they’re the looks-based talent common to dance-singer groups. The singular voices of several members backs that up. I’d say their live performances could take something from sunbae-group Big Bang as far as pitch goes, but you still get the sense that the diva-voice did really come from the girl who is veering a bit from the backing-vocal’s range.

I totally screencapped the wrong stuff so here, have someone else’s screenshot of one of the Follow Me tangles of weird outfits.

Everything but that leopard-print leggings suit are things I would like to have. But the leopard print just needed to be there for this MV to make sense with the rest of it. Spike-mics and all.

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