Posts Tagged Big Bang

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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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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Unexpectedly Adorable: Lee Min Ho and Dara

I really like 2NE1’s music, more consistently than most K-Pop groups…which makes sense, since they’re largely produced and written for by one talent.

(The more I know about YG Entertainment, the more fond of it I am, despite being quite anxious about how K-Pop agencies are run in general)

This is true of EVEN their commercials music, starting with their debut “Lollipop” with Big Bang, “Don’t Stop the Music” for Fiore, and our topic of the day, “Kiss” for Cass beer.

cue one of the better styling choices of our time: Lee Min Ho in guyliner.

Not in love with his look as a rich playboy, but I don’t think I’m supposed to be. (Frankly, he looks a little Hwang Tae-Kyung, but in a sort of less edgy way? Anyhow. This is the Goo Jun-Pyo everyone can instantly place…we’ll hold out for a hint of humanity.)

Gold-Lame Jacket - from this we can be sure there is evil afoot

And it is all the more awesome to discover his alter-ego because of how delightfully fashion-show stuckup he looks.

they did a great job on the movie, but I wish there was less beer, it makes me feel dehydrated...

Clothes are more a focal point of character than the beer is–he’s still wearing a fashion-victim shirt and his jeans are probably 100x more expensive, but here they’re on the same general vibe, whereas their first encounter Dara was even more tomboy casual, as a DJ for one of his friends’ parties.

He shows up in his GreaserBouffant hair and red Lamborghini (maybe not, I wouldn’t know, but it’s that image anyway) to take her out and buy her clothes of his class and we’re sitting here wondering why she’s still sneering a little at him when she’s going the way even Jan Di would not tread…

when she throws away the clothes, and goes to his club as herself, not his arm candy.

The red is an obvious color of confidence, sexiness, and daring–the first time she’s been into primary color territory, really, with pastels and whites in the clothes she’s worn so far.

And she comes to take what is hers: she takes charge of their relationship, and makes it clear that the terms he’s set aren’t acceptable.

So he has to go meet her on her own ground:

Adorably, he’s in “commoner” clothes, the uniform at her job, which is the same monochromatic look of their concert encounter.

It’s a beer commercial, but the music was good, and it actually told a story in clothes…

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Tell Me Goodbye – Big Bang in Suits

Full Disclosure: I have a bit of a crush on probably two of the YG Entertainment music video directors. Whoever put together the aesthetic on “Goodbye”, is one of those.

Anyway. Not to hyperfocus on Big Bang…okay, well, running with the fact that I’m kind of obsessing about Big Bang (and 2NE1) [LOOK, Protect the Boss? Still not all subtitled!] here’s just a little screen-cap festival of the boys in suits…

first point: this person found the hottest way to present TOP: a little bloodied, through a cracked window

Wait, that doesn’t feature a suit, just an incredibly cute profile for a guy with such dark charisma. …excuse me. Fangirl moment.

This show blends an actual intriguing story (where you don’t know what’s going on for sure, but it doesn’t seem like the result of someone’s actual LSD-fueled trip, either) and getting all the guys in very different settings, personas that you can actually connect to the narrative.

actually, I don't really know what the connection is with TOP. but mysterious works for him

tbh, who knew maknae Seungri could make that earnestness totally fit the conflicted cop character?

VESTS, gah. This is a fetish within a festish, here–the bulk of my suit screencaps involve awesome vest/jacket combos. The rest involve collars.

bad screencap, but that shoulder-holster is unreasonably hot. had to include

It’s a point of tailoring that works to bring out the man’s shoulder-line, and accentuate their lines when standing alone [OR to help older guys mask lazy-stomach under a coat, too].

this graveyard was like a hot sixth character. The girl is more an idea, though her dress was pretty

Vests also serve up a contrast opportunity, a big trio with jacket and shirt, where the tie is an accent rather than the focal point.[DOUBLE BUTTONS, why are you so snazzy?]

They chose well, giving dark Daesun the boldest color here. He makes it seem less of a bold fashion statement, when the point of this videos clothing is to give it more of a classic feel.

no tie, but the collar buttoned all the way. Iiinteresting.

Whereas they give Taeyang, with the most clear-cut hiphop style, a subdued but modern-cut jacket. I can see Ne-Yo in this coat, no question.

Another point to ponder: all are in leather gloves. Almost as if they were pallbearers, in terms of story, but another period detail that makes it seem classic rather than just costume.

GDforrealgraveyard

oddly...I have the least caps of this dude. His acting was more stand-out than costume. Oh, and he was mostly soaked or sitting on the floor side to the camera.

TOP in the car was the best part to watch, but the worst to try to screencap. Seungri actually steals the show for best scene-stills…

you're welcome, babe. Noona loves you, too.

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G-Dragon in Ink

Something that kind of surprised me to find as I watched the Big Bang documentary (lead-in to their debut, reality show-style) was to find that just as TOP and G-Dragon’s images were complimentary opposites, so were their personalities…and in different directions than you’d think, on first impact.

G-Dragon, for all his absurdism in dress, and kid-like looks, is a consummate performer.

If you want a style cue to his inner nature, how about a look at his tattoos?

kinda subdued for you, isn't it, GD?

the  font says more than the actual quote about him–sure, it’s one of the artsy-graffiti classics, but the understated nature of just text, saying what he wants to say… It plays into the same statement made by the ones on his arms, too.

reportedly (by blogger Jessie Zhao, heh):

If you put the tattoos from his forearms together, they read “Vita Dolce Moderato”, which translates into “Moderate Sweet Life”.

Italian is also the language of choice in music scores, in which it could be life played sweetly, at an easy pace…

they're cute in the way they fold into his elbow, actually...

There’s something outspoken about these, just black text, right where you can’t miss them, but slim and not claiming the spotlight, either.

 

Is that very G-Dragon like?

I think it actually is. Kwon Ji-Young was writing music before he debuted with Big Bang, has gone on to create music for his friends’ solo projects, became a lead singer when he’d started his training with no interest in it. He was the leader of his group because he was able to deliver criticism when his group wasn’t performing up to par. He seems a classic, ambitious type-A actually, behind the scenes: high strung, hard-working, but the kind to see something through no matter what.

And his persona as G-Dragon is just one (major) face he wears.

for some reason, this fresh-etched photo is really cool

Bonus: just as I was gonna go look up a little about “Hero” or JaeJoong of JYJ to be second-lead in Protect the Boss (STILL NOT SUBBED) I found out that he actually has kind of epic ink. So this may be a theme for the weekend…

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Icon Watch: TOP of Big Bang

Here’s the face:

And here’s his crew:

TOP of Big Bang has held his own as a figure in K-Pop by no accident.

Think of the competition: he’s one of two rappers and five members in his boy-band. There are dozens of groups with some of the same song-writers, choreographers, and similar concepts out there.

Where does he stand out? Let’s look a bit at the roots here, and talk Big Bang.

Big Bang is actual sunbae to the last group I profiled, 2NE1. Both are under YG entertainment, and 2NE1 debuted under Big Bang’s aegis, alongside them for the “Lollipop” commercial song.

The house style is obvious both in the music (pop R&B that’s catchy but has body, too) and a style that would rather catch eyes than stay classy.

Kind of personifying this is the group leader G-Dragon*. He’s small with a loud personality, a signature kid-like voice as a rapper, and the ability to wear an exaggeration of rapper style that’s completely ridiculous. He actually makes an ideal counterpoint for TOP…

a little preppy layered with gangsta

Who actually does best when taking a classic and adding just a slight slant on it.

One of his solo pursuits has been acting, including a turn as an assassin on the extremely successful spy drama IRIS. This show (from the MV I’ve seen of his cuts, heh) plays up the slightly sinister charisma he has.

The promo posters have him looking a little weirdly sleek, but in the actual footage, the punk arrogance and chic style comes across much better…

All the agents wear black, as far as i can tell–that’s very much the aesthetic of this show–but he makes it seem a sexy fashion covenant, rather than a professionalism.

One of his recent stylings as a star (not a character) is to have silver or insanely blonde hair.

It’s something that instantly boots that classic look up to something a bit more edgy. It sometimes ventures into pastiche, but the boy works with G-Dragon. Give him a break.

What it really comes down to is that TOP is hot. But in a kind of unusual way, especially for K-Pop boys. Rather than charming, he’s a little stand-offish in image, which is only played up by the penchant for suit jackets and ice-queen hair. He has a voice with a rough edge, and of all the Big Bang members roughed up in the “Haru Haru” video sequences he’s the one who looks not damaged, just accessorized. Would he probably look decent in anything? Yeah. But his stylists do seem to get that it’s best if you keep it simple, with just a couple things to telegraph “rapper, K-pop phenom”

is that...a pink butterfly earring?

 

 

* G-Dragon is actually the one I came across first. He’s actually one of the insanely interesting to analyze dressers that I haven’t gotten to posting about yet, because where do you start?

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