Posts Tagged fashion
I’m not sure I’ll stick all the way through this, but Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is both fun where it’s trying to be funny, and intriguing where it’s starting to line up it’s conflicts…
Of course, you can blame DramaBeans.com reviews for my watching it at all–I wasn’t interested initially. But they drew comparisons to Hello My Teacher (and it’s quite apt, I’d say this is like a reboot) and then were enthusiastic about some of the viewpoint-contrasts between the main characters, and I needed to check it out.
Of course, Chaebol Boy’s always superlatively well-dressed…
And do you see that? Yes, characterizing…bracelets.
With a sort of childish blocky look, in fact, which I think is to cue us to the fact that he’s actually underage while all the footage before a certain point makes it seem as though he’s quite independant and adult. (Maybe not mature, but acting under his own power.)
He’s pairing them with suit jackets and sweaters and school uniform, all themselves with severe lines such a slim frame carries off so well. It adds a playful note necessary to really perceive him correctly.
Of course, he also has to have his cadre of Flower Boy lackeys. I don’t know if they’ll be the Beauties of the ramyun shop (long-haired one, yes, plz) or if that’s going to be more a One-Man-Show (if this is the straighten-up tactic of his father[‘s secretary] I will be so pleased.
I like that already the shop has a certain honor-code and reverence, that it’s a neutral ground for the gangs and has a heavy significance to both the heroine and her dad.
I also like that they seem to be going to the extra effort of finding new ways to film familiar settings.
I don’t have high hopes for this show, exactly, but it’s a fun thing to have in my queue of things to watch when I need something lighter. And I’m open to changing my mind, too.
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?]
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…
Yes. We have the twisted military concept, each modified differently though from the same basic uniform look…
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
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*.
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”…
And how can you not love altering a uniform in such a fashion it looks like a kimono when in motion?
*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.
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.
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.)
And it is all the more awesome to discover his alter-ego because of how delightfully fashion-show stuckup he looks.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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…
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!
have a gratuitous art-shot from City Hunter, may it live forever:
This whole scene was about the unspoken, things we know and the characters don’t, and so the open-ended focus and back-profiles are just good cinematography as far as I can tell…
The space is both obvious, but not awkward. And I notice, that the scenes of the president are all very uncluttered but not high-style, either. The only really exciting place in the Blue House is the security room, actually. This choice, to not glorify or stiltify the national headquarters, is one that both makes the tension not about lifestyle but moral code, and makes the accessibility of these places to our main characters much smoother.
And stuff. Probably.
Last: gratuitous art shot of Himself.
I admired the Arch-City Hunter for his good looks and steely manner from the moment we go to see him in his guerrilla-chick gun vest and cargo pants in the second half of the first episode. When he made the switch to Steve Lee style, in his palatial new house. as he got ready to send his son off to Yale, it seemed so drastic a switch I was wondering what was going on.
Yet, he never lost that kind of debonair edge of the man ready to jump for a gun. It was kind of intriguing…
It wasn’t until the first real scene of danger to him that I realized there was something about him (a little obvious in the screencap above because I was wanting to capture it, once I noticed) that kept that past visually present.
Right there, with his (no doubt very nice) watch, are those surfer-style bracelets. What are their functions? Who knows. He hands the bullet over to Yoon-Sung, maybe they’re some sort of memento. He’s definitely the nostalgic type. (In an ironically twisted way? Heh.)
Or maybe, there for in case he has no gun anymore and needs to hang someone. With Jin Pyo, who knows? He sleeps sitting up, hand on a firearm.
There’s something inscrutably hot about this guy. And I’m going to make this clear: every time he does something cruel I was disappointed in him. It’s mostly the actor, you know? I think it’s *awesome* they got a hot actor, who can pull off layering leather bracelets, to play the Bad Dad.
The Prez also had hot arms, but we’ll have to get to that some other day…
Zany, is the word for the set-up on this show.
(Isn’t it curious how many excellent words for varying shades of crazy we have in our language?)
JavaBeans and girlfriday of DramaBeans.com were discussing how it’s an unusual note for a K-Drama to strike, this intentional-camp-and-pastiche with over-the-top plot points being integrated into a coherent plot. The craziness they love of the Hong Sisters’ dramas is similar (You’re Beautiful, with it’s meta-awareness at points, was pretty fun) but not quite the same.
Does it make sense that the North Korean spy-girl, who is so conservative and military-issue she’s never had a crush before, wears the cutest shorts with her button-up shirts over tees, and schnazzy (but not stiletto-heeled) boots?
Not really. And yet…yes.
She’s so clueless, she’s cute in a way that can be conceived as accidental.
I’m pretty sure this is why “top star Kang-Woo” can’t get her off his mind.
He’s the one *I* can’t get off my mind. With half his clothes, I want to avert my eyes (it’s like seeing someone trying to mimic G-Dragon’s fashion sense without access to the actual designers)
one begins to wonder why he doesn’t spend MORE than a quarter of the show in that classic jeans-and-wifebeater combo he works like a boss.
And then you remember it wouldn’t be so hot EVERY TIME, if absence didn’t make the heart grow fonder.
But really now.
This guy’s charm is not like Lee Min Ho, and suits may look cute on him, but they’re never going to fit his actual personality.
This is a show set firmly in the 2kteens.
In a way, it must be horrible for actors to have to be on-target facially to such a high definition. Lee Min Ho does not have to cry over this, though.
I mentioned toward the beginning of the series that costumers know they have a good thing when he’s under their hands. I notice, in my screen caps, that there’s a lot of black, of course … and also hues of baby blue. It’s kind of in metro fashion these years, but it’s also definitely a good color on him.
Since there is almost no softness to his figure and features, the gentle colors don’t take away any masculinity.
EVEN if you put him in lace-texture blouses, too.
(I noted how they didn’t cop out on his sick-pallor makeup for several episodes after he got shot, and then again after being gassed. In looking back over the recaps I’m reminded how awesome that little detail is.)
Something else I’m seeing even more clearly from my screencaps is the introduction of warm, pinkish tones when NaNa is on the scene. I noted at the time the strong, but romantic light in this scene:
It’s true to the very high-intensity light of the rest of the show, but softened by the contrast of red phone and bright blouse, and a small diffuse effect.
But it’s not just in warm moments that this is true, actually.
Even if it’s Lee Yoon-Sung wearing maroon in the shot, can you deny it?
It’s a color that looks well against the sky and steel blues of most of the rest of the show, yet has a very distinctly different vibe.
You may also note (in upcoming photos, and previous ones) nature colors of wood and greens are the others to temper the black and glass-clear tech of this show’s 2011. Sky blue is noticeable in lightening the mood, because it has more green and yellow notes in it than the powdery or clear colors elsewhere.
So hot it BURNS.
…of course I’m talking about that jacket, what else?