It’s no surprise for Fall that Münn’s approach this season was heavier formal wear, with fabrics such as tweed, taffeta, and cotton with a monochromatic approach. I really enjoyed the fact that although the pieces were formal attire, it was dressed down with baseball caps, necklaces, and sunnies in addition to being heavily layered in suit sleeve scarves. You could see heavy trench coats paired with track suits to business suits that were untailored and untucked to give a relaxed mood.
Two posts in one day?! I am proud of me 😛 Just kidding, the last post was just a music playlist, so I hardly consider that a post really. As Seoul Fashion Week closed a couple days ago, I wanted to make sure I finished its recap in a timely fashion for you all to see. However I will have 3 separate posts on the shows! This will be a general post, with my thoughts on the experience of Seoul Fashion Week while the others will be thoughts on specific shows. They will all be released within this week. In addition to those posts, I still have 2 more streetwear pieces coming out! I also will have a Korea travel post as well. So these next couple weeks will cover those. I shot 7-8 rolls of film as well that needs to be developed when I get back to the states, and I kind of need to figure out how to utilize that film, since I shot a lot from Fashion Week on the 35mm. I will figure it all out for you. Anyways, steering away from that strange tangent on my organization/planning skills back to Fashion Week.
Romanchic is a great example of a brand that harbors feminine and masculine features in clothing. The silhouettes can be fitted and loose, all in one look. Choi Hye Jung does a great job of mixing different aesthetics and putting them all together in one setting. It’s always a possibility to incorporate different textures, silhouettes, and colors in one collection and have the outcome be quite disorganized and overbearing, but with Romanchic’s collection all of the different styles meshed together quite harmoniously. From a large quilted green coat paired with a dainty white sweater and lace skirt to a more trench coat paired with a layered sweater over a satin dress, pairing masculine and feminine is something Romanchic has managed to master.
As someone who has attended fashion shows in the past whether it was NYFW or AAU’s graduate show, SFW is it’s own entity of fashion. I have to say though, the thing I actually enjoy most about Seoul Fashion Week, is that I don’t have to run (and I mean literally run) between multiple venues on opposite sides of the city just to catch my shows. It is the simplicity of convenience which makes things quite nice for this occasion. When it comes to show organization, it’s no surprise that a show never starts on time. So if you’re a first timer don’t freak out if the show starts 10-15 minutes later than scheduled. This also leads back to the convenience of one venue for Fashion Week. At DDP there are 3 halls that the shows take place, and from the knowledge I gained, the three halls also kind of rank the brands popularity. The largest hall always held the larger show, following a slightly smaller hall, and to be honest, I am actually not sure what the third hall’s size looks like. From the looks on the screen outside, it looks quite small. Another thing about DDP is that avid fashion lovers who can not attend the shows can watch a live feed on a huge monitor outside of the halls which is pretty cool! Being accustomed to digital ticket scans from NYFW, it was interesting receiving tickets physically in the mail, as well as picking them up physically at a booths with each hall labeled right before the show. Fair warning though, if you attend SFW, with shows lined up between each other it might be wiser to have all of the tickets mailed to you accordingly. The ticket vendors pop up a half hour prior to the show, and if you miss them you’re out of luck unfortunately. You will most likely miss your show. Tickets are also classified for attendees as well with 3 different types. A, F, and VIP. A are usually those who purchased tickets, or won in contests to attend shows. F & VIP, from what I remember are selects, who usually work for Celebs, PR, Magazines, Buyers Modeling Agencies, Models, Designer’s Family, Public Figure Writers & Bloggers (Famous), and Vloggers (Famous). These two are also usually the first 1-3 row. First row will always first and foremost be Celebrities, Magazines (Vogue, ELLE, Dazed, etc.), Social Media Public Figures, and Buyers. Second rows will be smaller influencers/writers such as myself, more buyers, Brand Investors, Models, Model Agencies, among a couple other types of people.
Cres. E Dim.
So I truly don’t want to be biased, but Cres. E Dim. was one of my favorite collections for SFW. I really appreciate designs with a simplistic approach, and the wow factor comes with how the garments are styled. And in all honesty it’s definitely a show that will sell product that consumers will be willing to buy and wear on a daily basis which I find quite intellectual on their part. In terms of the collection it is definitely a brand that is aware of what is trending in Korean style with the heavy layering of sportwear with no specific color scheme. If I had to narrow it down, the clothes were colorful mixing contrast colors such as reds paired with blues, and greens paired with yellows. In terms of the show, who doesn’t enjoy models carrying random gardening tools down the runway (;
Usually shows in the first hall also give their attendees a cute little present as a thank you for attendance (which is similar to NYFW). I do have to say there are apparent differences between the fashion capital fashion weeks and SFW. One very apparent one is attendees. I can not speak on London, Milan, and Paris, but from experience in NY that every show will be usually filled to the brim. Whether it is a smaller contemporary designer, or an extremely popular designer. I have to say, Seoul Fashion Week was not like that for all of the show, which surprised me considering how many people had been constantly collected around the venue and avidly watching from the outside. Sometimes the room would have a full empty back row, which is very surprising. However, condensing and filling all seats for attendees is priority, so if you are lucky, and someone doesn’t show up for their reserved spot, stagehand will move you down a couple rows, and it’s a high possibility! So even if you’re an A ticket, and scared you won’t be able to see, don’t worry too much (; I should also clarify seating though as well. If you plan on shooting and you are beyond first row, it can be quite difficult. I myself had this problem a lot. Seats are not staggered for the most part, so if you are behind someone, you will be staring at the back of their head pretty often. Pray you don’t sit behind taller attendees! Honestly, a lot of shows, I could only get portrait shots, because I don’t feel like getting yelled at others for trying to get a higher angle.
It’s really unfortunate that I couldn’t get a better spot to sit in for KYE, because as a whole I do love the style. They’re a brand that has captivated my heart for a while now. It’s also only perfect that Irene Kim started off the show with her pink hair in a beautiful long sleeved shift dress and high slit wide legged trouser. Although for everyday wear I do not think you can wear pink fuzzy shoes, I do love the creativity of it all. Kathleen Kye is a genius when it comes to combining different silhouettes, color schemes, and textures to make a beautiful vibrant collection. From puffy bombers, faux fur, and tinsel covered garments, my only regret is that I couldn’t get better pictures for you guys.
I will give you a good tip for any Fashion Week though if it is a show, especially if you can not sit front seat, and unless you’re a pretty well recognized Public Figure, I won’t guarantee front row access. Corners will be your absolute best friend. Middle second to third row will actually be your absolute nightmare. When you shoot front corner you can even stand and shoot getting better angles. and outside corner you can shoot their turning point. Try and get seating so they’re turning towards you, and not away. I don’t recommend it, but I have also once snuck in to the media pit, I SWEAR IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, IT WAS MY FIRST FASHION WEEK. But the view was quite amazing. Media is also all working to get their best shot, so they won’t mind you if you don’t mind them. Please don’t try to sneak into those though, without actual authorization! 😛 Don’t follow my bad example. I was a little disappointed, I was hoping they would have some cool presentations and not just runway, but each FW is different in its own way, and I hope in the future to be invited to another SFW and attend. I would love to thank all of the designers who did invite me and their amazing PR! I really appreciate the accommodation, and hope to maintain relationships with you all in the future. And for my readers, thank you for reading! I hope this gave you some incite to what a SFW is like, and you enjoyed my piece.
First things first, Nohant’s stage set up was incredibly adorable. with a wood cabin paneled floor, and a snowy cabin back drop, the collection gave me extreme winter getaway with the friends or family vibes. One thing to love about the brand as well is that it is unisex. The color scheme of the collection for the most part was very warm with all types of trenches from wool to heavy cotton gabardine. All of the plaids, and neutral colors definitely made me feel the Fall. There was also no question that the clothing was fairly loose fit and large silhouette. To continue for the Fall, layers were quite heavy. Noah Nam is so genius he even incorporated children’s clothing in this collection along with a cute pup to walk the runway.
My question is, do you have a favorite fashion brand? and if you have attended any Fashion Week at all, what was your experience like? I’d love to hear your stories! I will see you in a couple days to give my piece on YCH & Pushbutton!
PS: I am not a photographer, so I apologize on the quality of my photos. I tried my best. I also was shooting between 4 different cameras hee hee. I’ve posted my video recap below for you to watch as well! If you would like to subscribe to my channel I’d really appreciate it!~