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2NE1 Leads the Korean Fashion Pack.

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on March 13, 2010

Korean girl group MV’s were never very good.. they used to be mostly 1) girls in cute/school girl/pink outfits prancing around, never really singing and definitely not good at dancing, 2) girls in leather trying to dance provocatively. And failing. For the most part, its still the same.

Thankfully, though, there are a select number of entertainers/girl groups like Hyori, BoA, Brown Eyed Girls and a few others that have ventured out with new concepts over the years. Currently, 2NE1 leads the pack in fusing fashion, art, graphic/3D design and music into one mind-blowing video.

2NE1 hasnt been out for very long, but they have definitely made a name for themselves early on, and fast. CL, Minzy, Bom and Dara have unique, distinctive styles that separate the group from SNSD, Kara, T-ara, etc. Their eclectic music serves as the perfect platform for out-of-this-world fashion.

The two men behind 2ne1’s style are Yang Seung Ho and Lee Hyun Jung. Yang is a graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (a school that boasts John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh as alumni). Lee is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art. Yang and Lee are besties with Big Bang’s G-Dragon.. if you didnt know before, you can definitely see that they have similar tastes. Yang and Lee arent about traditional fashion or classic styles. The duo embraces avant-garde, futuristic and fun styles. They especially love the work of American fashion wild-child, Jeremy Scott (shoutout to 2ne1 on the wikipage!). Whats not to love?

Check out the visually stimulating MV for Try To Follow Me. CL (이채린) OWNS the MV. Dont you agree?

But I hope 2ne1 doesnt follow in the footsteps of Nicole vs. The Pussycat Dolls.. That would be a shame.


The Passing Of An Icon.

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on February 11, 2010

Fantasy fashion: Last September McQueen sent models down the catwalk in towering 12-inch boots for an ethereal show inspired by Charles Darwin's The Origin Of The Species

This has been covered all day since the news broke at the BCBG Max Azria show at 10am. All I remember seeing were bbs out, screens all a blur, and gasps and silence. News broke that fashion designer icon Alexander McQueen had died, presumably from suicide. This comes as a shock to some but his mothers passing a few days ago is most likely what triggered his tragic death. The twitterverse and blogworlds have exploded about the news and there are endless tweets and posts about it.. this has definitely taken the fashion world by storm.

I write this not because I assume you havent heard (because honestly, who hasnt?), but to reflect on such a enormously creative mind. His designs were beyond imagination and thats what he is most known for.. for pushing the limits and bringing a new sense of what design is to the world. How is it that all of his creations could come from a mind? I truly find God’s gifts to leave me speechless, whatever it is.

“I’m speechless. It makes me ill. If anything positive can come out of this, we should take the moment to appreciate what we have, what we do…I love what I do, and I should be damn appreciative that I can still do it.” – Phillip Lim

Deaths definitely do bring about that sense of uncertainty and “what if” questions. Like Phillip Lim said, it makes me so thankful that I can be a part of the last MB Fashion Week at Bryant Park. And as saddening and tragic as McQueen’s passing is, it wont be in vain. Not only did he leave behind an amazing design legacy but also a much different view of the fashion industry, and on life, that is best exemplified in this quote that has been my apartment wall for a while now.

“I kind of like it the way it is right now, I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don’t really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don’t mean much, and (you) lose your identity.” – Alexander McQueen

There is so much that is lost in the business of fashion, especially during difficult times like we’ve been experiencing. It becomes a priority to sell and that takes the drivers seat, sometimes overpowering a designers vision or dream. McQueen stayed true to his imagination and vision and that is the reason why I’ve always been an admirer of his great work. His words are guidance to an ever-evolving industry.

The fashionisto put it best..

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” -Oscar Wilde

Looks of the Day : 12.08.09

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on December 8, 2009

The nomads themed photoshoot is from Another Man’s autumn/winter issue of 2008. The photospread was featured on The Fashionisto not too long ago and instantly caught my attention as I browsed the future BLOGsearch site.

The weather is freezing (relative to USUAL LA weather, that is). I just want to bundle up, turn up the heat, sip on hot tea, and watch movies all night.. but its finals week.

The plaid, the patterns, the boots, the wool and warmth, the textures and contrasts.. the styling is exquisite.

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - Yohji Yamamoto

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - Ann Demeulemeester

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - Gucci

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - Alexander McQueen

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - John Galliano

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - Jean Paul Gaultier

Another Man, Autumn/Winter 08 - Roberto Cavalli

Taylor Fuchs, Diego (Success), Baptiste Demay and Lucas R. styled by Bryan McMahon and photographed by Serge LeBlon


Posted in Uncategorized by modman on November 13, 2009

+J (Jil Sander for Uniqlo)

Collaborations between high-end designers and retailers are quite popular, and there are many more to look forward to within the next few months. Here are some future projects that are greatly anticipated.

Future Projects:
Sonia Rykiel + H&M = Lingerie Lovely
Jean Paul Gaultier + Target = The American Woman
Rodarte + Target

Past/Present Collaborations:
Jil Sander + Uniqlo = +J
Robert Geller + Levis = Denim Workwear

H&M + (Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo)

Target + (Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith) = amazing

Top Shop + designers = White Shirt Project
Gap + designers = White T-Shirt Project

Collaborations definitely test a designers ability to create pieces that are within a designers aesthetic while being affordable. Past and present designers have incredible reputations. Their designer lines are focused on modern luxury, and the prices reflect great quality and design. The most difficult part for a collaborating designer is to produce items that are at such a low price point. Good news for consumers: low prices = thumbs up. Designers are taking advantage of collaboration deals, especially during the

recession. So double thumbs up for us!

Jimmy Choo for H&M

AMcQ for Target

Stella McCartney for Gap

Comme for H&M

Gap ad, S McCartney

Jimmy Choo for H&M