2010년 10월 8일 금요일
When I was young, I use to follow my mom when she went to shopping. My family was very wealthy back then and my mom knew how to spend. She used to shop at Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Armani (she didn't like Dolce & Gabbana beccause it was too cheap :P). As a young boy, I loved how intimate and pristine these boutiques were and most of all I loved asking for their catalogs. It wasn't so much that I had particular interest in fashion, it was just a natural part of my life because of my fashionable mother, but it was because of the fact that I loved books, magazines and any paper that was bound (and also because as a Korean, I LOVE free stuff :D). There is something very special about being able to smell the paper, feel it, look at it, and hold it in your arms. It is an experience and a ritual. Few years ago when I started to really devote myself to fashion, I realised how precious these catalogs were. All the catalogs I collected were long gone, but I could remember having them and looking at them. I went around the boutiques in Melbourne and asked for their catalogs, but with the advent of internet phenomenon and its widespread availability, no one was printing anymore. Often they would advise me to look at their websites, which was extremely disappointing.
Today I went to the Chanel boutique in Chadstone to apply for a job. While I was waiting for the manager sitting at the couch in the boutique, enjoying being surrounded by the luxurious atmosphere that is Chanel, I noticed a book. It was a collection of Chanel's ad campaigns for 2010 Fall collection featuring Melbourne's own Abbey Lee and forever Chanel girl Freja Beha. I love all the ad campaigns for high fashion brands such as Dior, Chanel and etc. They have real high fashion editorial qualities to them and when I touched the book, smelt the book and looked at the book, I was in the state of nostalgia. I was unsure whether it was there for people to take because the book looked quite expensive and because it was the only one there but I asked if I could take it home and the manager said of course. I was so happy to have it, I felt like I was the starry eyed kid with his mom on shopping again. I wish more brands printed their catalog again so that people can take them home, when I become a designer and own my own boutique, I will definitely make beautifully printed catalogs available so that everyone who comes to my boutique can experience and take little piece of luxury with them even if they can't afford to buy anything.
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(This was supposed to be uploaded before the New York fashion week was over :)
I usually don't have a look at the ready-to-wear shows until Paris fashion week is over (Ready-to-wear seasons begin in New York, then London, then Milan and finally Paris) because as far as I'm concerned, Paris is the place where all the great fashion happens (and London also). New York fashion shows are the ones I look at reluctantly when I have completely digested tiniest of details in Paris, London and Milan shows. After a while, I reach a stage where I need my fashion fix but cannot take anymore of the same shows I've been looking at. It's not that New York fashion is bad, it just that American fashion in general has very strong sports wear (I am sure all the fashion-aware readers will understand that when I say sports wear, I don't mean track suit pants and pair of Nike) tradition, which I could not care less. I do, however, love Ralph Lauren, and I feel slightly guilty to say this but I also keep up with Marchesa but other than the few, I don't pay much attention to the New York fashion week.
I was flicking through Style.com's fashion show coverage and came across an image that was so familar, it was a show inspired by Korean traditional clothes. I have been dreading over the non-existent Korean influences in fashion and kinda hoped that I was the first one to use it, but i was so happy to see fashion designer of Carolina Herrera's caliber being inspired by the culture I love and was brought up in. It was very much a Westerner seeing Asia with the Westerners' eyes, which was exciting especially for me because I know the culture so well, it was interesting to see how Carolina Herrera interpreted the inspiration.
I picked some designs that had stronger Korean aesthetics, what Magdalena has on is very much like what Korean traditional clothes for men look like (especially the hat)