Fall Street Style: Asia’s All About Casual Crewnecks

 

Summer is slowly withdrawing its balmy qualities for the cool, crisp days of our colder months. Much to our delight, this means a new wardrobe rotation begins!

For some simply bringing back their favorite fall items is satisfying, for others it means new retail therapy sessions—out with the old, in with the new.  If you do decide to revamp your closet staples, take a peek at this early fall tendency for Seoul city dwellers with all its variations: the casual crewneck sweatshirt.

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The crewneck originated as an American football sporting garment in the 1930s, and now it has been diversified plenty of times with urban streetwear brands.   While some opt for a more fitted size, you can go oversized and layer away as the temperatures continue to drop into winter.  While heat makes it difficult to look fresh in the heavier fabricated sporty trends, it’s September so those who love to embrace the runway’s more workable options can break them out.

Graphic print sweatshirts are popping up all over Seoul’s streets.

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Others go for the more solid, classic look.

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Can’t get enough?  Check out these fall and winter 2014 collection crewnecks from a few contemporary womenswear designers and brands.

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Rag & Bone New York’s graphic chainstitch sweatshirt in grey heather. Available at: www.rag-bone.com for $325

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The Agi Mixed-Media Sweater in cement marl and silver from All Saints. Available at us.allsaints.com for $250.

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Helmut Lang’s more unconventional Waft Sweatshirt in black. Available at www.helmutlang.com for $275.

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Alexander Wang’s Paisley Pullover with contrasting sheer cutouts. Available at www.alexanderwang.com for $595.

 

 

–STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

ASIA STREET STYLE: Menswear Inspirations

 

To the annoyance of my husband, I am one of those women who’d rather peruse the men’s section on shopping excursions; it’s not a matter of being anti-frill and fluff, but rather a curiosity to see how menswear styles change compared to the fleeting moments of its gender counterpart.

The persistent availability of tailored trousers with polished shirts and jackets are at the core of a less experimental framework that makes up the majority of men’s fashion. There is significance to the fact that the main components of suiting have been carried through from the 18th century until present-day, a continuum which doesn’t hold true for women’s styles if you ever decide to research historical fashion plates.

This unchanging calibre has made it’s way into inspiring designers for contemporary womenswear; the trend continues well into this year and will likely emerge again during the Spring and Summer 2015 shows that are about to kick off with New York Fashion Week next month.

To end my ongoing preoccupation with history and timeless quality in apparel, here are some of my favorite menswear inspired street looks from Japan and Korea.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE

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Tokyo Street Style: Midi-skirts

 

For those of us more timid about trying some of this season’s miniskirt variations, take a cue from these stylish Japanese women and opt for mid-length or midi-skirts. It’s a fairly laid-back trend compared to some of the more highly stylized genres within Japan’s modern street fashion world, but easily accessible in U.S. stores for the upcoming fall. How can we work the midi-skirt into our closet staples? You can find everything from classic A-lines to figure flattering pencil styles with contemporary detailing to amp up your fall wardrobe. Try taking a more fearless stance with bold footwear, interesting color pairing, or unique tops like the following women, whose adventurous nature can be seen in their clothing choices. Though their outfits may not fall into any specific category within Japanese fashion subcultures, it’s personal preference that makes each stand out.

 

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Looking to add a midi-skirt into your style rotation? Check out these finds below!

ASOS Pleated Midi-Skirt With Mesh Inserts. Available at Asos.com for $77.

ASOS Pleated Midi-Skirt With Mesh Inserts.
Available at Asos.com for $77.

 

In Check Pencil Midi-Skirt Available at Nastygal.com for $58.

In Check Pencil Midi-Skirt
Available at Nastygal.com for $58.

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Helmut Lang “Max” Asymmetrical Midi-Skirt. Available at Nordstrom.com for $230.

 

MSGM Printed Satin Midi Skirt. Available at Net-a-porter.com for $575.

MSGM Printed Satin Midi Skirt.
Available at Net-a-porter.com for $575.

 

— STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

Tokyo Street Style: Fashion Meets Food Courtesy of Rotari Parker

 

Writing this before breakfast was a terrible idea — my hungry monster keeps getting more upset at the visual deliciousness before me. My love of eating, especially snacks, has gained me the nickname “Snack Attack,” and I won’t deny that I dream of pantries full of crunchy morsels on a regular basis. Now combine this obsession with my daily street style hunts and we reach foodie/fashionista heaven, otherwise known as Japanese accessory line Rotari Parker.

The label has been around for a few years, breathing new life into typical grocery aisle fare, and is still releasing delectable accessories periodically under their “Eat Me” line. These hand-produced marvels are fitting given the eclectic street style of Tokyo, where wearable art garners more appreciation than seasonal fashion movements. I know this story isn’t quite promoting healthy living, but sometimes adorable things are difficult to pass up. That, and I generally take on the “you only live once” approach to eating.

How does Japan wear these sweet and savory finds? By stacking them up because just one won’t do. There’s nothing like being decked out in pretzels and pastries to engage people’s fascination.

And yes, in case you were wondering, this is all real food.

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If you check out Rotari Parker’s Instagram you’ll find their newest designs along with behind-the-scene photos of how they create this yummy invasion of food and fashion. As a warning, it’s best not to look if you are starving at the moment and suffer from “hangriness.”

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— STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

 

ASIA STREET STYLE: Street Smart Suits For Men!

Womenswear trends tend to be my go-to when sharing Asia’s street fashion, but I often find myself examining menswear distinctions between the United States and Korea. Suits are a timeless classic that I’ve grown accustomed to seeing the standard dark solids and ties being worn, but check out these diverse approaches to suiting found on streets of Seoul. I can’t help but appreciate the adventurous styling choices.

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When summer temperatures along with humidity are unbearable, consider going for shorts.  The thin, woven seersucker facilitates heat away allowing air circulation, and despite the fabric’s natural wrinkled appearance it still provides a polished, clean look.

 

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Well mixed prints always catches my attention, but in this case what drew me first to this street portrait was the lapel pin.  Sometimes simply using a small accessory can add prominence among the already bold motifs.

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Certain rules are meant to be broken.  Conservative suiting conventions call to cut the pant hem so it slightly skims the shoe and laces, but the higher cut hems on this suit give an ultramodern feel.  Opting for bright socks outside of the coordinating colors is daring and brilliant in this fashion forward style.

–STORY BY MIN A. LEE

Photos courtesy of www.streetper.co.kr

 

ASIAN STREET STYLE: Seoul’s Oversized Clutch Trend

With the ever-changing size of our phones and tablets after every new product launch, the usually chic and easy to carry cross body bags aren’t always up for the challenge of holding everything we need for our daily commutes.  Browsing through Seoul’s current streetwear trends, we find that oversized clutches are becoming a staple in a fast paced society.

When we think of “oversized,” we tend to assume bulky, but these street style fashionistas show us how they mold their accessories into a streamlined and sleek look which allows for timeless appeal while fitting the current trends for both women and men. Yes, you read that correctly– even men can pull off oversized clutches. And who better to follow than men in Seoul? After all, they are the leading trendsetters in men’s fashion worldwide, especially in America.

As you can see, this accessory can be paired with multiple looks and outfits. We love how each fashionista [in the picture above] kept to a neutral palette in their choice of color.  Neutrals are always safe for any outfit or event—work or play.

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Falling in love with this trend?  Take a peek below at some of our favorite finds that we can’t wait to add to our handbag and accessories collection.  We found three gorgeous clutches from budget-friendly to investment worthy for any type of shopping pursuit!

 


 

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Natural-toned geometrics and texture give this BCBGMAXAZRIA envelope clutch a stylish edge to help play up more minimalist outfits.  With a budget-friendly price tag, this piece should definitely be considered for your handbag selection.

Measurements: 8” Height x 11” Width x 1” Depth
Available at: Lord and Taylor Stores and Online for $118.00


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Reece Hudson’s Bowery Oversized Clutch boasts beautiful embossed panels of quilted leather, cotton lining and pockets to hold anything in a fitting combination of luxury and urban.  We highly suggest you browse through Hudson’s clutch designs and see why she earned a spot in the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Incubator Program.

Measurements: 9” Height x 15” Width x 1” Depth
Available at: Barneys New York Stores and Online for $695


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Talk about gorgeous details! The Row’s oversized clutch is made of smooth, black calfskin with woven paneling in a modern, yet classic feel.  This is definitely an investment-worthy piece that can be loved season to season beyond vintage status.

 

 Measurements: 10.5” Height x 15” Width
Available at: Farfetch.com for $2900.00


-Story by Min A. Lee

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Aila Wang: Fashion Week’s Youngest (and Most Adorable!) Style Star

Front-row at the latest Alexander Wang show was a who’s who of the fashion world’s biggest names and brightest young things, including Carine Roitfeld, photographer Terry Richardson, actress Kerry Washington, rapper Kanye West and actress Zoe Kravitz. However, only one person was lucky enough to don Wang’s latest collection even before it debuted down the runway. Dressed in a white “Parental Advisory” tee, black skirt, and Jordan slides, 4-year-old Aila Wang already had the show’s ’90s, logo-driven theme on lock.

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Just who is this young style starlet? The niece of designer Alexander Wang, Aila first caught our attention when a photo of her (below) backstage at her uncle’s eponymous show circulated across fashion blogs some seasons back. With her updo and round cheeks, she looked helplessly cute. But her all-black outfit, complete with a fur coat, baby Chanel and high-tops, gave us an unusual case of sartorial envy.

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She’s become a front-row staple at her uncle’s famed runway shows for a handful of seasons now, all while creating quite a name for herself in the street-style department. Successfully treading the fine line between cutting edge and adorable, this toddler manages to give even the most seasoned style vets a run for their money.

Scroll down for more of Aila’s enviable looks.

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Cool Kicks: Camper Together feat. Bernard Willhelm, Exclusively at Opening Ceremony

Acclaimed shoe-maker Camper teams up once again with German designer Bernard Willhelm through Camper Together.  Collaborating together since 2008, the duo take their partnership one step further this fall with an exclusive design for Opening Ceremony.

The shoe, which will be sold at OC’s concept stores in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London as well as online at openingceremony.us,is a new take on Camper’s iconic Himalaya shoe, known for it’s distinctive zig-zag sole.  The blue and grey OC-exclusive highlights the shoe’s already distinct design, featuring a striking combination of materials and an ironically adorable print of dinosaurs playing in snow, a pattern featured in Willhelm’s 2006 Spring/Summer collection.  We’re in love with the unapologetic cool and playful eccentricity that this shoe gives off, making it a sure-fire street style staple.

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(Photos courtesy of Shine Media Group)