Friday, October 30, 2015

Seoul Fashion Week | Lucky Chouette

Finally going to start rolling in my photos from the actual shows coming out of Seoul Fashion Week! Starting with one of my favorites, Lucky Chouette. As a reminder, this is the first time I've heard of the majority of the labels showing at Seoul Fashion Week, and I didn't have much time to do background checks on the brands beforehand. So as you must know, I was coming into these shows blindfolded. The most amazing thing is that I left totally inspired and surprised at how conceptual the designers coming out of Korea are! Lucky Chouette was a big deal, being the last show of the night this particular day. Celebrities were all over the front row, the line to get in was a bit crazy, and the amount of flashing lights going on was borderline absurd. Aside from the pre-show extravaganza (almost just as important as the show itself), I was not let down by the looks I saw coming down the runway. It was such an eclectic mix of looks, but as a whole it came together quite tastefully. But most of all, it was pure fun, pulling inspiration from just about everywhere. I related to the brand's concept because I do the same myself. A mix of 90's tomboy street and western wear. Rock and roll queen mixed with 60's style sportswear. 80's school girl (verging on Molly Ringwald) thrown together with every motorcycle babe's dream. Textures, colors and patterns all colliding to create one big beautiful, overarching collection that makes me excited to put outfits together in the morning. Because really, when you think about it, when it comes to dressing the possibilities really are endless. There is no certain right or wrong. There is no such thing as something being "in" or "out". There are no rules. I appreciate the freedom of fashion that Lucky Chouette presented. It showed off once again that fashion still hasn't lost its imagination and doesn't seem to be doing so anytime soon. 

Photos by me

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Granny Style


Eileen Fisher wool vest // SHOP HERE
Eileen Fisher wool skirt // SHOP HERE
H&M Sweater
Ace & Jig scarf
Matt Bernson shoes // SHOP SIMILAR
Isly leather handbag

I feel like I've hardly even had a moment in NYC these past few weeks, with a week in Korea and now another week on the west coast for work and some family downtime. I miss my east coast city!! It might still feel like summer in Southern California, but its slowly transitioning to winter weather in NYC currently. When I get back, I can finally dig my favorite heavy knits from out of storage containers hidden under my bed. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm so ready for the season of coziness, snuggling and long evenings spent inside with some hot chocolate (or a hot toddy) and a really great novel. But the reality is that the cold can suck, but the survival plan is easy. Layer up like a grandma. It doesn't sound too sexy, but really there are ways to layer up without feeling too frumps. Sleek black in long lengths over pieces more heavy on the volume is a balancing act that I practice every cold season. And my best trick? UNIQLO HEATTECH inner wear layering tops. I throw them under everything in the winter, and sometimes all I need is a light coat and I'm good to go even in the snow. Catch ya back in NYC on the warm side. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dongdaemun, Seoul


Vintage distressed tee
KIMEM blazer jacket
AGL patent leather boots // SHOP HERE
Marie Turnor backpack

And here we go to Dongdaemun, the home of this year's Seoul Fashion Week, which was actually one of the most exciting fashion weeks that I ever had the pleasure of attending. Shout out to Showroom Romeo for hosting Ashley, Natalie and I during our fashion week experience! The futuristically designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza was magnificent and spacious, perfectly suited for Seoul Fashion Week's conceptual crowd and its many onlookers. Kids would come line up along its entrance ramp watching out for the celebrities and K-pop singers who would walk the blue carpet into the shows. Fashion week is such a big deal in Seoul, a spectacle that so many locals look forward to taking part in, and this involvement makes all the difference. Just a few steps outside of the design plaza was the hustle and bustle of the city of Dongdaemun, a mix of traditional markets and huge, multi-level shopping centers. So overwhelming, but still so easy to maneuver. In-between shows during the late morning and early afternoon, we'd run around looking for face masks to bring back home to friends and families, stop for a traditional bowl of bibimbap for an energy boost, or just people watch in the coffee shops and on the streets. Everyone in route and street food snacks for days that you could smell from a mile away. Dongdaemun felt like a real city. Back when this part of Seoul was created in 1905, it was called Yeji-dong which means "a neighborhood for learning politeness," which really tells you so much about the Korean culture. One that is based on just that . . . politeness, and a welcoming curiosity of outsiders. Definitely more smiles than glares in Korea. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Itaweon, Seoul

Photos I took from our day in Itaewon, Seoul. So many locals told us to stay away from Itaewon because of the fact that its full of tourists, but that didn't stop us from wanting to explore and see what was up. Touristy or not touristy, we were sure we'd find something interesting. Being home to many much talked about cake shops and clubs, as well as the Samsung Museum, we knew we had to give it a chance. And it ended up being the perfect day for us to visit since a huge multicultural celebration was going on and just about everyone in Seoul was out and about! A DJ (I wish I caught his name) was spinning some of the most badass tunes and we found ourselves dancing with strangers in the middle of the closed off streets. Food from all over the world kept our tummies hungry and looking forward to tasting some of it throughout the evening. Most of the locals were acting like tourists, busting out the selfie sticks and peace signs galore. Kids running free and jumping around in every direction. Antique and vintage shops intermingled with Brooklyn-inspired pubs and coffee shops. But perpendicular to these main streets were colorful side streets lined with traditional Korean restaurants, where the only way we can tell their specialty was the animal featured on the front sign. We found a coffee shop to rest our feet in, and found out that all the modern furniture was for sale and I ended up wanting it all. We got directions to the subway from a Korean American working at an American-style bar that reminded us so much of NYC. And yes, we attempted the subway, which felt like it was nearly 1 mile underground. We almost missed the fashion show we were in a rush to get to, but thankfully made it right on the dot. What a rush of a day! We ended our evening with a nap and then continued on a mad hunt for bulgogi. Once bulgogi hit our tummies, jet lag his us even harder and we all passed out like babies as soon as we got back to our hotel. I love days like this when I travel. When we make a spur of the moment decision and the entire day is experience after experience of excitement and unexpectedness. Taking it all as it comes. You never know, until you explore :)