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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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Fugitive Plan B – a melding of HD pros and cons

I’ve been watching an older drama, while simmering along in wait for subtitles on the shows that are current, starring Rain, and a lot of fun fight-scenes.

Also known (on Hulu, where I watch it) as Runaway Plan B, this is a gorgeously shot show where they knew how awesome shots would look in HD on a big screen, and planned accordingly.

As another show, like City Hunter, with an action/intrigue focus, and a high-tech friendly subject, they work a lot in cool colors for the industrial settings.

They also used locations where the detail may have been too complex to look well in lower resolution, but is drop-dead-gorgeous as well as evocative with a good lens on it.

Funny thing, though, the makeup department didn’t seem to get the memo. I first noticed it on Daniel Henney:

Figured it was just a problem of him being half-white and not matching the toners they had. But when it started really bothering me, I noticed that all the guys seemed to have the same color, and it looked kind of bad on others, too. They just aren’t the eye-candy type so it would bother me.

Even the leading lady was a little too yellow, when she’s a fair, blue-toned Winter. The subtleties needed for makeup on these newfangled shows was missed somehow.

There will be no comments on wardrobing, because I’m guessing it’s pretty easy to make guys look good when you’ve got Rain, who MUST be in v-necks and leather coolguy jackets, Henney, who looks good in anything businessman-like or average-guy-casual

and the ladies looked good in their suits, but there was *nothing* stand out in their wardrobing. I liked the detail of Jin-Yi wearing flat sandals of the kind of hippie type, and carrying flats a lot, but then sometimes she wears the high-heels of a Heroine, too. So I feel like they missed an opportunity for characterization there.

In the end, who cares? The point of this show is the compelling plot (which dragged a bit toward the 5th or so episode, but picked up again when the secrets were mostly out (an effect I was not expecting) and watching Rain ham it up.

Right. And eye-candy locations. It’s a globe-trotting, high-rollers-in-crime show. Why skimp on that?

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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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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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