Comrades – a lack of love-line I can live with

This is a bit of a non-clothing post, but trust me. There’s no missing the fashion-sense in this show.

could be awkward, but they're kind of past that

There’s something to love about the dynamic these two have after 13 episodes, in Fugitive: Plan B.

They’re not comfortable enough with each other to be friends, and they’re not in a position to be lovers, but they connect about the important things. They’re brothers in arms. Comrades.

you two are so cute when you scheme together...

In a weird way, they’re on the same wavelength. She’s never lacked for money, and he’s never lacked attention. She’s been on the run from criminals and he’s on the run from the law…while catching criminals. She can fight her way out, while he never seems to get out without a fight.

Very complimentary styles, though they of course madden each other in completely different ways.

two sexy people in the woods, and all they can think about is loot...

Rain’s character “Ji-Woo” is comfortingly predictable. He’ll look like a slacker until suddenly he gets struck by inspiration, and then spout off a cryptic metaphor before attacking the problem with everything he’s got. And go until it’s done. For Ji-Ni, I think his opportunism about money and girls is the kind of flaw that’s bearable. It’s pretty transparent.

On the other hand, Kai harbored an ability to betray her, buried very deep and apparently awoken only to protect her.

She’d rather have control than passion, though. For very good reason.

Yes, it's another woman. Too bad it's not an affair, she would love that...

And why she freaks out when he seems to be changing his ground, or withholding information he thinks she won’t like.

He’s not the kind to actually hide things once they’re done, but he can’t articulate that difference.

this office--so dysfunctional, one must come to love it

I had noticed that it had been a relievingly long time since we saw insomniac-Ji-Ni, right before they’re fight over (literally) the gold, and it was so sad to see her go back to that, the moment he wasn’t present in her heart as a protection.

And yet…his dollar-store magic wand goes under her pillow while she tucks in with her bludgeon. There we see she hasn’t really put him on the list of Untrustworthys. She just has to live raw to stay alive.

This fake-fight was somehow awesome to watch, since they aren't really fighting, but definitely getting some catharsis from it.

While he has (predictably) bugged her, he also is unpredictably relenting about the insult, while firm about getting past their misunderstanding. Ah, this is where his value shines through. His lack of pride about some of the skeevier aspects of his interests also makes him able to do this.

JiNi has little left of dignity or stability, and inner pride is all she has, so he has to be contrastingly yielding. It’s great to have a guy in that role, while being the type of real guy that could be…

She doesn't kill him for this. She is a saint, actually.

Thinking about it like this, it’s interesting to see how well their relationship DOES work. It backs up the way that I ship them, on a basic level–no, I don’t think we’ll see it happen during the show.

But as time goes by, and he remains cheerfully protective, she’s going to want more from him. And there will be other girls to make her aware of it, because Ji-Woo is shameless.

As for him, she pulls the serious self out of Ji-Woo. He has a bit of a learning curve when she rebuffs him, but later on there is enough of a connection whenever he reads an opening. She’s just too quick and stoic. I don’t think he’s in passionate love with her, but I think he’s the kind to build up that kind of feeling once he’s committed. But she’s a woman who can really know him, looking past the flirt and also past the professional.

Their insecurities are obvious to each other, and so are their strengths.

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Scent of a Woman – outsider notes

I’m not actually watching this show–I’m following the recaps at DramaBeans.com zealously, though.

It’s a story with the primary plot-point that a woman discovers she has cancer, so it’s bound to end sadly. There are many tears along the way, too, and stories that BEGIN happily in K-Drama-Land often enough are emotionally wracking toward the middles.

I mean, she's working on her bucket list here.

However, the show looks quite fetching–earnest in its emotions, and pretty in it’s aesthetic. Also, there is tangoing. Which, in a show about life in the face of death, love in the face of anger, and emotional intensity of all kinds… is quite appropriate.

The first encounter between the hero and heroine on the floor escalates, their footsteps faltering with each other, and their grips gradually tightening…

The composition of this scene, the shots interweaving from their faces, the full view of them on the floor, and their hands on each other, is so masterful.

Just the description was enough to send me over to watch it, and then I couldn’t help screencapping it. The way his fingers slowly press into her arms is just fantastic.

and the simple ways they put a glimmer into this shot without it being transformed from the basement dance-studio is also fantastic...

I’m still not sure if I’m going to watch this drama, though I am following the story. It will definitely depend on the treatment of the issues looming up. But I’m halfway convinced just based on the way it looks and the performances by the stars.

For instance, Lee Dong-Wook is a little odd-looking to me, but the captures of his expressions pull you right into the moment. And he looks smoking in his shirtsleeves. I won’t lie to you.

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Icon Watch: TOP in a more subtle than usual style

TOP as an indie

 

I would follow someone in this combo on the street, even if it wasn’t TOP (and his somehow adorably focal nose?) inside it.

The tee, especially a screen-tee, under a jacket doesn’t always work for me, but the monochromatic of this, and the hat, with the indie-style feather and bone-looking necklaces make jazz together while being fairly straight-forward pieces apart.

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PtB Ep 6 review part 2: the Excellence of These Ships

I adore the fun atmosphere of the restaurants in this show...

This show does so well not going in the expected direction, or getting there by unexpected ways…someone needs to hug a writer for me.

I’m apprehensive this wardrobe lightening ‘ship is going to disappear soon, but I enjoyed the dynamic of two people who are out of each others’ realms, and so free to be casual with each other. It’s like the early days of Personal Taste with the gay roommate gig, only without the teasing sexual tension.

I also adore this outfit--the boots make such a statement, and I want them.

Another fun thing is the startling openness Ji-Heon has once he’s chosen to accept his crush on No Eun-Seul.

Eun-Seul's tomboyish comfy clothes when not at work are also just right...

He also is open with her about almost everything–and using his pulse as an excuse for skin-ship but admitting she raises his pulse is some of the cutest flirting ever. It would be awkward if he *thought* he was being suave, but he doesn’t. The (actually mature) candor that seems child-like is more winsome than the hints and implications of a Cha Mu-Won type.

of course, this has complications...

I also love that they’re letting No Eun-Seul stick to her guns without it being a big self-sacrifice thing. She is capable of not falling for him just from proximity and attention, and that’s awesome. It’s more realistic, at least to me…

She wants to help him out, but this is a job, and she’s mature enough to know that it’ll just bring trouble.

and she's adorable when on-task, she obviously feels like a coach-ninja...

And none of the relationships are the paper-doll playtimes that many shows deal in. Mu-Won and Yoon-Ah are a bad couple of a classic type, but you can see why he likes her. When she’s at a loss we get to see the kind of aegyo cuteness that when she was less goal-oriented must have been more charming.

I love the three-way roof scenes. No one saves any face...

She’s got a bad case of evil mother…one who’s a fox in her own quirky way, rather than the usual Chaebol Ice-Princess Special. And the girlish transparency with Mu-Won seems to be good for their long-term, so I’m not too torn. I just wish I knew why she thought he couldn’t love her and be devoted to her…just because he’s got his own ambitions? Telling by her relationship with her mom, she needs someone like that to hang with.

ALL the moms are cheating with Eun-Seul...

And we got a much more tongue-in-cheek meeting between Sis-in-Law and Prez Daddy–where you could actually hear the enemy-agents music playing for their weird little subtext.

Whoa, another whole post not focusing on clothes? SCANDAL

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Protect the Boss – levelling up on Ep. 6

It’s not often that I finish an episode with such an uplifted, excited feeling!

have I mentioned the cuteness?

It’s the way I felt about several of the episodes of Myung Wol the Spy*, especially when they ended on just the perfect cliffhanger. City Hunter, too, though more of the scenes within the episode than the endings had that feeling.

Episode 6 of Protect the Boss was the first to do that to me here. It’s a chemistry between fun tone, loveable characters, and an intriguing cliff-hanger, I think…

what a look, huh? if only he wasn't so distractingly idolpretty - not my fave

I don’t know where this one is going at all. In a way, I feel that he’s decided to not let himself be the pushover that Yoon Ah (…is that really her name? Am I imposing my understanding of second-lead girls here?)  always goes creeping to when she’s feeling a little low.

his conscience kicking in is more photogenic than most...and more intriguing

I’m also only *almost* sure he doesn’t have more than a little affection for No Eun-Seul.

Is it a fake-out, to test her? Is he going to lead into getting her to a different job? Is he going to actually mean it and try to take her as revenge/comfort? Protecting her from Ji-Heon? As long as this isn’t as pathetic as the Down With Love second-lead man…

 

 

 

 

* which I’m still a little burnt about (the messy press just makes me leery–the story itself I’m still sold on) but plan to continue watching when that’s settled a bit more in my mind…

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Quick Look: Big Bang fashion shoot

I’m not sure what this image is from, but I find it fun to see how the individual images come through — someone smart made them up.

(image courtesy Tumblr’s ninja96)

Taeyang, Seungri, TOP, Daesung, G-Dragon

break it down:

Taeyang keeping it classic R&B—black hoodie with low-key accessories. The actual zipper on the jacket cues you in that this is not just a college comfort outfit, and the stone-wash jeans against all that black draw your eyes down after the bracelet’s brought your eyes to his face

Seungri is the most metro—he carries over the layered-chains as jewelry, has a more fashion-forward jacket but all in a basic color scheme of white, black, and taupe. High-tops keep it from getting too serious and mature.

TOP’s face is more focal than his outfit, but the pattern of his blouse is definitely a little odd, in keeping with his iconoclast fusion style. The hair color is edgy (and <bias > wayyy hotter than the superblonde or silver bouffants he’s been sporting, when he can work those, too </bias >) and maturing.

Daesung has a subdued biker vibe going on, but definitely a sports-variant—fingerless gloves in a light taupe rather than the more classic black, and what looks like a more utility-type vest. The texture of the shirt makes it look silky and comfortable, but also grunge-like: unironed. The sneakers are glitzy for the look, bringing it back to fashion while not contradicting the concept.

G-Dragon is carrying off mixed-media as well as is his wont—plaid and a print-tee combined which wouldn’t work unless the jaunty military style cap was defeating any sense of matching. I think I spy shiny vinyl pants, and so as usual every single piece he’s wearing I would like to borrow (but in a larger size). Though I may not put them all together in the same way—something along those lines, though.

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MBLAQ – Cry mv dissection

Okay, I’m frequently posting about ancient history, but I figure I can’t be the ONLY one who’s catching up with two decades of K-Pop after being sheltered for my first 20-some years.

Also, I have an ANGLE.      [suits. if they’re suits, they’re relevant. Right?]

if this counts as a suit, apparently, yes

So, MBLAQ is kind of adorable to me, mostly because Rain and his mini-mes but this MV from BLAQstyle has wormed it’s way into my heart for a different reason…

it's hard to screencap this video, btw, because they are CONSTANTLY MOVING, thank you Rain-oppa's choreographer

Yes. We have the twisted military concept, each modified differently though from the same basic uniform look…

you may note I'm a sucker for intense blue/white palettes? yeah, sorry 'bout that

And as our other main concept, what really looks like a shojo-manga-hero uniform set. I understand that it’s the high contrast of black accented white, which isn’t a trademark of manga? But as someone who’s read Special A, Vampire Knight, and…many others, where the specialness of the school was displayed in the fact that they wear white (any normal mom’s nightmare uniform) it just screams, I am a Teen Dream

just like their faces do

One of the minor details that is interesting is this eyeliner that actually is not lining the eye but outlining it…it has a certain drama that’s not a look you can pull off in person but snaps the attention in a video.

Also, either they worked late before their solo shots, the color-tweaking brings it out, or there was an actual intent to let these guys look older than twelve. In certain shots they all have a sort of five-o-clock shadow. Stunning, considering they probably mostly can’t GROW facial hair to count by Western standards*.

These accessories likewise only work on screen, but they work HARD in the video.

There’s something about high-contrast buttons and fashion accessorized suits that just…grabs me the right way. It tickles my own sense of style which is “choose concept, muck it up”…

lo, the angst

And how can you not love altering a uniform in such a fashion it looks like a kimono when in motion?

The drape. It kills me.

*this may have come to my notice since I know one of the guys grew a bit of a beard to give them a “rough member” that was a little different in vibe from the boy group usual, and I found that idea intriguing.

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