2NE1’s CL Will Debut As A Solo Artist In The U.S.

 

Great news for all K-Pop lovers, especially those who are fans of 2NE1! 2NE1’s fierce leader Chae-rin, more commonly known by her stage name CL, is debuting as a solo artist in the US in spring 2015.

Yes, you read that right! It looks like CL will follow the footsteps of PSY who was the first Korean artist to break a huge record in America through his viral video “Gangnam Style” which initially showed up in South Korea.

 

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For her new and upcoming album, CL will be working with talent manager Scooter Braun, who represents pop starts Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and is the person who also signed K-pop artist PSY to the School Boy records. Luckily for us, it seems like Braun has a taste for K-pop.

According to the YG United, an entertainment website specializing in news related to the YG Family, CL had a chance to meet Braun in Seoul with the help of PSY. It’s no surprise that Braun was impressed by CL’s rapping skills, unique taste in fashion, charismatic attitude and her fluent English skills– essentially making her the “baddest female” in Korea.

 

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CL is a South Korean singer, rapper, dancer and songwriter. She first became part of YTN entertainment in 2006 as a trainee, and officially debuted in late 2007 with her fellow 2NE1 members, Park Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy.

 

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–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM

 

 

 

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Recap: Noir Fr

 

Ah yes, the dark side of spring. While we enjoy seeing the lighter and bolder color palettes Fashion Week Tokyo has to offer, Noir Fr’s designer, Syota Masuda, refuses to leave the blacks and metallics of fall and winter behind. The namesake of the collection explains why such somber tones are used: Noir Frere is French for brothers of black (the base for the designs). Masuda initially studied to be a fashion buyer, but found himself taking the leap to become a designer and produce garments that he felt the market lacked.

Don’t let the darkness hinder you from adding some black into your spring and summer rotation. For the warm temperatures Noir Fr has dresses of flowing, sheer fabrics with cutouts and skirts to pair with metallic paneled tops. On those inbetween days of seasonal transition, check out the iridescent trench coat of bronze and blue or the long-line, minimalist moto collar jacket. With both a men’s and women’s line, Masuda’s designs tackle all the on-going, evolving trends from pro sport textiles to edgy rocker styles with modified elements befitting to his vision.

Below are some of Masuda’s Noir Fr S/S 2015 line from Day Three of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Recap: Ritsuko Shirahama

 

Ritsuko Shirahama has been designing since 1980 (with an official debut in 1984), and with each passing season, she still remains true to her unmistakable style—an interesting mix of Japan’s streetstyle scene, standout patterns and high-end fabrications. The inspiration for all her collections has been the aura of women. And not just any woman. As her brand concept states, “we sometimes [come] across a woman who emanates a different glow from others. For some reason, even time seems to move slowly and beautifully around her.”

For spring and summer 2015, Shirahama imbued her own signature on retro style dresses and woven, tailored jackets with funky graphic prints and bright patterns. Each style was paired with a head accessory to match. Our favorites: a couple of miniature top hats that reminds us of the lolita street styles found around Tokyo, but with a twist of luxury and classic waistline cuts.

The line is a bit eclectic, but Shirahama finds a way to appeal to lovers of both abstract looks and timeless looks. With modish black and white numbers to dresses that feel more like a watercolor painting, there’s something for everyone to enjoy viewing.

 

 

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Recap: HANAE MORI

 

Designer Yu Amatsu combines contemporary womenswear silhouettes with the raw elegance of nature in a dual showing of the Hanae Mori by Yu Amatsu S/S 2015 collection as well as the New Hanae Mori Style special event that took place yesterday. With awards and praise for avant garde styles and pattern skills that have landed him work for major New York brands, Amatsu maintains a deep regard for Mori’s signature inspiration, the butterfly, as he works to uphold the iconic designer’s brand.

For those who are new to fashion or currently developing interests in the industry, Hanae Mori is highly honored in Japan for her career that began in the early 1950s and the awards and honors she gained during her designing years.

It is not easy to be given the reins of design as a sub-brand under the respected fashion house, but in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily regarding Amatsu’s work, Mori only had praise as she explained why Amatsu was brought in. “He’s someone who makes very simple, New York-style, wearable clothes, and he also likes butterflies,” she said. “We had been looking for a young designer, and it was very important that he had experience in New York.”

Below are a few of the designs that were shown yesterday from both shows during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo events. First, flowing fabrics of whites and blues with contemporary style folds and pleating, along with open lace details and looser cuts for Manhattan springs and summers seem ideal to what Mori was speaking of. Secondly, the special event that left viewers stunned at the beauty of Mori’s favorite insect, which was printed into a modern collection of dresses, gowns and separates.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE

Meet the Designer: Moon Young Hee

 

 

During Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015, Korean designer Moon Young Hee’s collection turned heads.

Moon Young Hee is known for manifesting Korean ideas in a modern form. This desing technique can be seen in her massive collection which shows an impressive amount of detail, mainly using monochromatic toned designs embedded with various patterns and textures. Her sophisticated design has sought to show the potential of materials being used and maximizes the elegant atmosphere.

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Even at an early age, it seemed Moon was destined for this career. Growing up, while other children played with toys, Moon was taken with needlework. Since then, she followed her dreams of becoming a designer and chose to study French literature in college since costume designing departments did not exist at her school back then.

Moon settled in Paris in 1996 to seek some challenge in a bigger world. What started as a curious adventure turned out to be much more difficult than what she had imagined, but that didn’t stop her from moving forward.

Showing hard work and dedication, she studied day and night at the library located nearby her atelier and studied early 20th century French fashion, which later inspired her to graft her own style using traditional Western designs.

Though Moon is recognized as a prominent designer today, she is known to live a very humble life. Not only does she prepare her lunch box on her own, but she also chooses to wear shoes that have been worn for more than ten years.

It is clear that Moon designs out of love and a passion for the art as opposed to commercial success. For the fashion shows, she dedicates her heart, soul and mind to work together to bring out the best in her collection. Her work demonstrates a pursuit of perfection and keeps an eye on every little detail. Needless to say, this pays off during the catwalk.

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
Photos courtesy of www.queenafashionstyle.com

 

K-Pop Idols Comment on Jessica’s Departure from Girls’ Generation

 

Earlier this month, we discussed the controversy between SM Entertainment and Jessica, who is no longer part of popular K-pop girl group, Girls’ Generation. For a while, this controversy seemed to be the only thing that K-Pop fans could talk about. Well it appears it wasn’t only the fans who were concerned. Slowly but surely, more and more K-Pop idols began commenting on the ordeal.

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On October 8th, a Korean MBC talk show program called Radio Star invited four Super Junior members (Siwon, Kangin, Leeteuk, and Eunhyuk) for their feature program.

During the program, the Jessica’s controversy was mentioned and one of the show’s MCs stated, “There’s nothing more to say. Isn’t that the end for Jessica’s [career in Girls’ Generation]?”

Leeteuk defended Jessica by saying, “You think this will be the end.”

Needless to say, this statement began stirring a flurry of questions from fans who wondered what he meant by that. Leeteuk later clarified his statement by saying, “You never know what will happen … life goes on as we resolve problems.”

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Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation member Sooyoung directly apologized for Jessica’s exit on SBS’s One Night of TV Entertainment, her regularly hosted weekly talk show.

During the show, Sooyoung commented, “Having to relay this sort of sudden news is simply distressing and I’m sorry. For the sake of everyone who loves and support Girls’ Generation, we will try even harder to show a hard-working Girls’ Generation. Please watch over us. I am sorry.”

As of now, only two Girls’ Generation members, Taeyeon and Sooyoung, have ever commented about Jessica’s departure from Girls’ Generation.

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM 

Feature image courtesy of http://www.spektramedia.com/
Translation courtesy of  http://moonroknews.com/

 

Countdown to the Alexander Wang x H&M Collaboration

 

It’s a glorious moment for all of us when consumers can purchase a high-end brand fashion line at affordable prices. In less than a month, this will be a reality for us. This past April, Chinese-American fashion designer Alexander Wang, known for his downtown-cool style, announced that he is bringing his collection to the Swedish fashion giant H&M.

With only a month left until November 6 when we see Wang’s collections in 250 different H&M stores worldwide and online, the Alexander Wang’s H&M campaign is spilling Instagram teasers that seriously make us even more impatient.

 

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Based on the campaign’s video, Wang’s personal Instagram, and the first look of the collab collection seen through Rihanna’s Alexander Wang x H&M outfit at NYC, we can get an idea of how the collaboration is expected to appear in stores. Anticipate a lot of “Wang” prints and monochromatic sport-inspired apparels.

If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you mark your calendars for November 6th!

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–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
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Steven Yeun On How Korean Parents React To A Career In Acting

 

Steven Yeun recently went on Ellen as a first-time guest to promote the return of The Walking Dead. During his interview, he talked about his parents as well as the blood poisoning injury he received on set.

After Yeun admitted that The Walking Dead was his second audition ever in L.A., Ellen asked the Korean American actor if his parents approved of his decision to pursue acting as a career.

“No, my parents are Korean, and traditionally, that first generation of Korean Americans aren’t too happy with the little curveball that you throw them when you’re a kid,” said Yeun. Although his parents weren’t happy with his decision at first, Yeun told Ellen that they were now proud of him as an actor and would even give him advice about the entertainment industry.

“My dad wanted me to wear a suit everywhere I went,” Yeun said, adding that his father would tell him to wear a suit, even when he would go out to buy oranges. “He’s like, ‘You should get a suit … what if they get you and then you’re not in a suit? Then you look stupid.’”

 

Later in the interview, Yeun talked about how he got blood poisoning after performing a stunt where he falls and lands on his arm. When his arm started to bleed, he wiped off the blood and thought nothing of it until his arm swelled the next morning. As a result, he had to get a steroid shot and an antibiotic shot in the buttocks.

“And the nurse, she said I had a very taut tushy. I’ve been doing squats,” Yeun said.

“What a wonderful compliment,” Ellen responded. “I love when they compliment your butt right before they put a shot inside of you.”

The Walking Dead‘s fifth season will premiere October 12 on AMC.

 

–STORY BY REERA YOO
This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

 

Concept Korea New York Fashion Week Recap: Beyond Closet

 

 

While cities across the world continue their own Fashion Week occasions, we look forward to what innovative and inspiring designs Seoul Fashion Week will unveil in the coming days. As a precursor to the event, let us take a peek at the Korean brand Beyond Closet by Tae Yong, which recently had a successful showing in New York and will also be present in the lineup for Seoul’s fashion events.

This isn’t your typical menswear, but rather a reinvention and re-envisioning of pre-existing connotations placed on men’s clothing. Taking a mix of past memories from his school era, Tae Yong refers to his collection’s main aspect as “mix-matched styling using items inspired from the school-movie, comics on preppy and classical looks. A stylish boy just hangs around town all the time for nothing, a school bully, a young gentleman from a wealthy family with rebellious feelings inside. The images of these kids are the key look of this season.”

While we personally don’t endorse these schoolboy stereotypes, there is no denying the cinematic quality to the entire collection that makes viewers feel as if each outfit has a story behind it that plays out in one’s imagination. You can see the wealthy boys in tailored jackets of bold, primary colors with collared shirts and ties, and the hint rebellion found in an untucked shirt. Just as easily as the first, you will find Tae Yong’s school bully with splashes of urban chains and print detailing along with a tough demeanor that prefers not to be messed with. Then finally, we meet the stylish guys that are always around town carrying an on-trend clutch accessory and sporting statement patterns that make them stand out against the crowd. They are the ones that make your turn for a second look and wonder where they shop.

Beyond Closet is true reinvention of fashion. Instead of producing the typical ten minute show of models moving up and down the walkway, Tae Yong gave a fluid story. In fact, he gave the ability for viewers to create multiple stories, and to think beyond just seeing people wearing clothes. This is about the memories and school memories (something we all can relate to in one way or another). On a personal note, Beyond Closet was one of the most interesting shows I’ve viewed in a long time because it allowed my imagination to roam free and more importantly, it made me forget that these are models simply showing off superb designs.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All images and information courtesy of Jay Lee of Beyond Closet for Tae Yong & Brand

 

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Hello Kitty Turns 40! Check Out How You Can Celebrate It

 

Hello Kitty is turning the Big 4-0, and like most people hitting a milestone birthday, she’s going all out. Celebs and big-name brands are clamoring for special collaborations — everyone from Major League Baseball and celeb chef Roy Choi to cosmetics giant Sephora and Japanese fine jewelry line Mikimoto.

But it’s not just bling and goodies. The Japanese American National Museum is hosting the first-ever Hello Kitty exhibition, titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World Of Hello Kitty,” starting October 11. The first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention, Hello Kitty Con, is kicking off on October 30 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. And the Line Hotel, Roy Choi’s newest project, will offer a Sean Knibb-designed Hello Kitty suite, complete with Hello Kitty iHome products, toiletries by Sephora and turn-down chocolates from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Needless to say, it’s gonna be a major, supercute party.

And the woman behind the party — well, other than Kitty herself — is president and COO of Sanrio, Inc., Janet Hsu. It seems Hsu was born to be the boss of Hello Kitty — she and the iconic feline share the same birthday. Here, Hsu shares her Sanrio memories and what it’s like to work at what must truly be the happiest place on earth.

 

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Audrey Magazine: What’s your earliest memory of a Sanrio character?
Janet Hsu: My earliest memory of a Sanrio character was of Little Twin Stars, who continue to be my second favorite Sanrio character(s). I remember receiving a Little Twin Stars product as a gift when I was very young. I loved the celestial theme and that Kiki and Lala are twins (just like Hello Kitty). Since I am a twin, I treasured the idea of the two experiencing the world together.

AM: Your offices must be super cool! What’s it like?
JH: The Sanrio offices are filled with the many kawaii items! There is definitely a lot of eye candy, with products showcased in all different sizes, from a wide range of categories, and from different years and decades. Since so many of our employees are die-hard fans themselves, some may possess an “anything Sanrio” hoarding mentality! The Sanrio offices also showcase a great collection of original artwork.

AM: What’s the best thing about working with Sanrio?
JH: The company’s philosophy, the characters and the people. Sanrio has always been about social communication — connecting people and communities, and the “small gift, big smile” philosophy of bringing joy to all. There is so much energy, passion and love for the brands that there is a very strong, unified company mindset.

AM: If you could be a Sanrio character, who would it be?
JH: I would be Hangyodon. I think it would be fun to be a sea creature — half-human, half-fish. Also, he is very unique looking, and even though he is not as well-known as some of the others, there is something very familiar and friendly about him. He is also really comedic — so I would like to laugh the most I can every day.

AM: Who’s your favorite Sanrio character?
JH: My favorite Sanrio character is Hello Kitty. Ever since I was a little girl, Hello Kitty would bring a smile to my face. She has grown up with me and continues to evolve, to integrate herself into the modern day and current pop culture, yet always stays true to being about pure happiness. Many adults grew up with Hello Kitty and have formed their own relationship with her. She has a comforting effect, and her Zen-like disposition makes her relationship with every person special and unique.

AM: Do you have a dream collaboration for Hello Kitty?
JH: Experiences that connect with fans are key. We have a fan, a junior high student, who created a rocket with Hello Kitty to send up to space. This was very inspiring. So a dream collaboration could be a space experience with Hello Kitty.

 

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This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here

 

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