Posts Tagged wardrobe

Hello, Myung-Wol the Spy. Hello, my crack of the summer.

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)

courtesy DramaBeans

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.

whereas this combo is SO him. a little childish, a little all about himself...

 

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City Hunter – using the HD screen for good and eeeevil

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?

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All City Hunter, All The Time

60.

That’s how many screencaps I have of this show. Usually it’s more toward 30 total, but you know…

this was just a gorgeous show. The shots, the sets, the people. Any time the beats of the scene were going to be a little slow, they plopped it in a place with visual energy.

It’s really not surprising me at all that I took that many without really trying too hard. This is probably only a handful of episodes worth. The story is so absorbing I plumb forgot most times.

Just as Myung Wol the Spy (my new favorite flavor of crack) is working the rebellious energy of the Eric/Han Ye-Seul pairing, Nana and Yoo Sung are both eager-to-please, dedicated people with a taste for danger. It’s not just chemistry of their clear-lined looks. Their characters, and the actors behind it, have rapport.

I’m going to be so sad when this show is over. Since it’s never for a minute bored me, though, I’ll probably be rewatching it someday.

 

Anyway, fair warning: thematic posts on City Hunter to turn my mourning energies to productivity likely to fill the next week or so.

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CITY HUNTER — or, Lee Min Ho means tailored coats

Do they know how to dress this boy or WHAT?

I mean, he’s wearing the Color of Hate and Filth, and I screencapped this before I even realized it.

I mean, I feel a little bad for the boy, the moment his wasp-waist goes he’ll no longer be the beloved pet of the wardrobe designers…

But I say, live in the now. As the Patron Saint of SuitFetishers everywhere.

Oh yes. And of hairless Asian chests in scoop-neck tees. That, too.

We’ll save characterizing detail posts for other days. I’ve got more City Hunter to watch…

and screencap, for your pleasure. As always.

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The Art of the Boutonnière – Lie to Me

I was a bit dubious of these pins on Ki Joon, I’ll readily admit. Little felt bow ties and flowers, as decoration on his lapel? Are we sure he’s not running a Queer Eye boutique, rather than a business-class hotel?

But with the advent of these slightly less Play-Skool variants (again, nice plaid [you’ll bear hearing more on that later. Plaid, that is]) I finally understood.

They’re a kind of unperishing boutonniere. This feathery-texture still seems to be wandering into “who but a wardrobe designer–?!” territory…

But that’s all right. It’s kind of pretty. I also like that he is reusing them, not always in a new one.

And it does add a touch of contrast where this character is otherwise not flashy.

I mean, talk about an entrance, right?

We won’t go into raptures over the double-rows of buttons, or the subliminal texture of the color on that coat…or maybe, we don’t even need to.

(Got bored during the caught-cheating walk with Yoon Joo, screencapped the suit, tho. I like the way they broaden him.)

Okay, but that flower’s just a little too smug.

“Oh yeah, I’m a flower Kang Ji-Hwan’s wearing. You know it.”

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Lie to Me – when sets outshine the suits

I’ll have to say, that I found Kang Ji-Hwan much more exciting in Coffee House. Even his somewhat split-personality fashion sense built up that picture of someone who can’t ground themselves, and though it was not quite the Suit Ideal, if I went back no doubt I’d find things to wanna steal from his wardrobe.

[Now I know I had the wrong idea about who was to end up with anyone, I need to go back and rewatch that show…perhaps skipping a bit to spare my heart. I adore Park Jae-Jung with an mindless love, when he’s completely not my type…]

In my last mention of Lie to Me I was wrong, though. There have been a couple of things catching my eye…

(So please the drama gods, this kiddo will become part of the rotating Korean Excellence Squad in dramas. Shoes notwithstanding. I’ll take one of him, and two of the vests.)

Now I’m screen capping it I’m finding that though the costumes themselves are not that innovative, there are touches to the drama that are artful. Actually, the set-dressing.

Did you see that? COLOR. In the arrogant chaebol fashonisto’s house! Stunning, right?

Actually, as I’m going over these, I’m seeing a theme of cobalt. His house is nice nuetrals, very manly but not so psychopath as most guys’ houses in K-Dramas and T-Dramas like this. (Exceptions include Coffee Prince and Coffee House. Also Boys Before Flowers, but I’m pretty sure that shoe closet says Obsessive Stalkerdom if not psychopath.)

He is so cute when he’s vulnerable. XD

I’ve got a couple other themes to talk about (who knows if I’ll get to them) but for now, leave you on this note:

We’ll talk about his pins later, but that is a supercute bow.

And look! His OFFICE TOO! Color! and cobalt. It would also be cute if he was like my dad and just got into knots over the cobalt blue glass.

I’m thinking that chandelier’d floor lamp is property of the hotel, and grandfathered in. Or I have some real questions for Ki Joon…

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Snap Back to Present Day

So far the clothes in this drama have been not enough fun to drive me to the print-screen button, but there are some notable exceptions…ah, chaebol businessman characters.

Providing suit-fetishists like me with distraction from plot-points time after time.

courtesy DramaBeans

Lamentable hairstyle right here, but yanno…it’s cute in a “I need to talk him out of that style” sort of a way.

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