Posts Tagged costuming

Going Crazy – Kan Mi Youn’s stalker fantasy

My current music video crush is a kind of odd one, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

Kan Mi Young - classy version

To be honest, from the opening strains of this song (the sounds of Lee Joon of MBLAQ literally straining as he’s bound to the pretty iron work headboard of the woman’s bed) I was a bit apprehensive…that I would like it.

And the fact is the fantasy-sequences of the storyline with Lee Joon are gorgeously set. I get quite impatient with the space-age dance shots, frankly, though she’s cute and the dances are fun.

The sepia tones play up the black-and-white romantic film themes, while the vintage ambiance adds to the surreality of the storyline. Of course, the formalwear wins tons of points from me as well…

However inappropriately deployed.

 

Ahhh, miniRain. Fulfilling all the noonas’ needs for picturing a different sort of exploitation film.

 

An interesting detail is that though while he’s only tied with handkerchiefs (and later, rope), she has actual chains accenting the body of her dress. Symbolism of her own deeper issue? Or just thematic accessorizing?

Anyhow. The dressy glamour of it is quite acceptable, especially since it’s a real wacko-dreams concept.

 

Her “Paparazzi” video is more fun, though less classy, with SS501’s Kim Hyung Jun comically evading a girl in a series of vintage/retro girl-next-door costumes. A theeeeme? She’s pandering to us, I think.

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JYJ’s prettiest man — and you’re not going to forget it

The meta of this character’s treatment in the drama can be quite amusing.

he has a face for the morning...

Jae Joong, recently voted as Asia’s most attractive star in China, is the kind of idol whose standing as a teen heart-throb is better capitalized than forgotten. This has come to the fore from the second week of airing where secondary characters can take a bit more time to introduce themselves…

"Make you uncomfortable?" "No, I like it...I mean, no! Not like that?"

I love that this show is delivering fanservice…and then pointing it out. This character is written as the kind of polite, attractive guy who the heroine sees as untouchable, like Won Bin or Hyun Bin. I like that dynamic: she’s not going to turn him down when he takes her out to eat, but she knows it doesn’t mean anything. He’s the kind of guy who would just do that…

basically, it feels like a field trip, when it has all the trappings of a date...

I love that when she takes him out to “rebel”, though he gives the same sort of excuses Ji-Heon does about not going into clubs or whatever…it totally sounds like an idol having to not be caught doing something against their image. Ji-Heon’s just fastidious…or agoraphobic.

Note how many of his suits are straight black or navy.

cuz is trying to break up my lunchdate? plz

Just as Cha Ji-Heon is suited up in brighter colors, even primary tones, it’s no accident that this sort of ambivalent character in opposition to him is in monochromatics, even to black-on-black sets like this little number. It appears more than once!

It’s after their adventure at the amusement park (where Ji-Heon starts to feel that he likes Eun-Seul) that he begins to wear some grays and lighter colors. It may be her influence, it may be the return of the girl he really likes, and it may be just that the costumer got bored, but I think it’s interesting. The high-contrast clothes don’t look bad on him, either.

even his room is the chic chaebol stereotype, unlike Ji-Heon's...

And then there are a few moments where it feels a little too tongue-in-cheek, but because he’s adorable, it’s okay…

she is slapping his butt. OK, she's just being childish because his rebellion kinda worked, but still

MOOOM

but that’s not his reaction. He’s the ideal son. I’m betting we aren’t going to see his tattoos in this show…

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The Childishness Wars – Protect the Boss

I am now a week behind here, but I just watched episodes 3-5 of Protect the Boss.

The theme that is emerging is one that I didn’t expect–and that is, how *all* the characters have faces of childishness. I mean, what is up with these bicker twins?

they also look good together -- a forbidden love?!

The hate is so strong, you can almost feel the love coming on…

Even Madame Grandmother, hiding her face from Eun-Suel to spare herself embarrassment and continue to be just a humble granny to her, the way she’s still emotionally where her son is, and they reflect each other in their troubles.

she's a bit rogueish like her male descendants, too, really

As is right, Cha Ji-Heon continues to have the mannerisms of a boy, not even a young man.

Auntie's right, Ji Heon is a bad influence on him - these two always have motion blur in their caps together

This impression is reinforced in all his brightly colored outfits (if he wears a proper suit, it’s in blues instead of black or gray or white) that sometimes veer more toward *cliches* of school-children clothes than what kids actually even wear. It’s hilarious…

the backpack always helps

And yet, the acting itself is touching. Even when he gets turned down by No Eun Seul, his stages of realization are that of a small boy’s, not a man’s. Not understanding…

biting his nails, to let it sink in

pretending it’s not a big deal…

okay, okay, that's fine

and deciding to just keep on with it and wait till her mind changes!

EXTORTION how cute

I love this. The fact that the actor’s excellence is making me notice the details is only because I’m paying attention; it feels really natural. And it actually heightens the moments he’s showing darker emotions, the way it’s not the predictable manly-emoting of many heroes.

It’s also awesome how firm she is about propriety…and I really think she doesn’t feel strongly for him either way at this point.

He likes her, and is equally forthcoming and firm about that, which is also refreshing! This is an organic conflict that feels much more lifelike than the usual tears because someone’s family is too good, or their pasts are conflicting.

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Rain didn’t get where he is by dressing badly.

In the past week or so, with a lot of things I was trying to keep OFF my mind, I watched more Korean variety TV than I have consecutively…well, ever. And let’s hope never again.

My dreams get full of hubris and beautiful Asian eyes.

These are just two outfits from Rain’s promotions of…well, actually Ninja Assassin, I think? But maybe one is from one of the albums. These are at least in the same family of shows, if not the same one, so there may be some time separating them.

Like on the last post, they’re screencaps I took my own self from YouTube, and not on HD. But you’ll get the point anyway.

I kind of love the comment the host was making in this shot, which was “He’s not saying deep words, but when they come out of his mouth, they *sound* deep.”

Heh. Maybe his psuedopreppy look is helping? Though Rain’s best attribute, as far as his acting’s concerned, is his ability to go from fun-loving goof to very earnest in a split second.

It’s interesting that not just here, but in the next set of photos, he’s going for a classic combo of vest over collared shirt, with slacks. In this case, he’s got  glasses to take that image one step further, into hot Megane-kun territory, in the other case he adds more of a rocker vibe by wearing a tie layered with a large flashy necklace.

It actually looks like a riff off of school uniforms, though maybe I’m being influenced by the fact that the green and plaid look like one of the high school uniforms in my Japanese hometown… like, the thing a punk might do, or a manga artist might do on a front-piece of a chapter.

‘course if the sleeves weren’t rolled up it wouldn’t be the same.

OOH LOOK, I DO THAT TOO

okay, so I’m grasping at straws here. Any connection to Bi…

Weirdly in this photo I’m almost missing the glasses. I wonder if he really needs glasses at all? Because that would be kind of hot in that manga-secrets way.

TOP does, surely you can get with the program, Rain-sunbae?

d'aww you are so cute, but I'm sure you get that a lot

I really have tried to hold out against Rain, because he’s so superpopular he really doesn’t need my love. But at the same time…he’s a ferociously hard-working and talented guy. How’s a girl supposed to deal? Talent is like, my Achilles heel.

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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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Blast from the Past: Playful Kiss

I was rewatching a bit of Playful Kiss, partly to review Hyun-Joong’s acting, and was reminded of how enchanting the first episode was.

The BFFs and their weird little phrases…the school that feels like an actual school, just a particularly clean and nicely landscaped one…the uniforms…

If you’ve ever picked one of the many manga featuring an elite school, or a school with some form of elite class, you’ll probably see some wish-fulfillment uniforms. Not even joking, that’s really one of the criteria Japanese girls thought about in choosing a high school…and I kind of understand now.

The Japanese middle school I attend for some time had very mundane, but at least not ugly, uniforms. Navy blazer with no sartorial embellishment, red clip-on ties, a houdstooth check skirt with a pattern so small it had no personality.

If you haven’t worn such a set of clothing for months on end, can you understand how beautiful these ones are?

Cute little cap sleeves, piping on the sleeves to contrast, a tailored vest, and the cutest elements of the sailor skirt, without being too flat.

Ribbon ties for the girls, btw, are definitely one of the cuteness factor Pros.

‘course, this won’t keep anyone from trashing them to look a little more independent…

…how hilarious is it that the placement chart is *everywhere* at this school? It’s so true-to-life. It is VERY hilarious.

Asian schooling, FTW!

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