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A New Generation of Beautiful Loners Is Changing Seoul Fashion for the Better

It is just after midnight in Seoul, and the streets in Itaewon have flooded with local kids hopping between clubs. Shots of flavored vodka and soju are passed around, tossed down throats and into tumblers of beer, and everyone dances together until sunrise in concrete rooms that smell of sweat. It is this carefree image of Korean youth culture that has persisted until now. Yet 20 minutes away in Yeonnam-dong, a quieter picture of rebellion has emerged: of 20-somethings, sitting alone in a café with a glass of wine and finding freedom in ordinary solitude. “Nae mam daero” has become their rallying cry—“my way”—and it is one reason why Seoul fashion is on the cusp of a new creative high.

2017 was the year that the honjok, or loner, movement fully took root in Seoul; there are now more Koreans living alone than in couples or families. Already an alien concept (it is standard to live with parents until marriage), the communal city has been shaken by so much more. There is honsul (drinking alone) and honbap (eating alone) and a slew of little wine bars and hole-in-the-wall diners have popped up in Yeonnam-dong to cater to them—one can sit in a tidy cubicle with a private grill, turning single servings of short rib in front of a personal TV set. Last fall, a popular TV drama called Honsul, or Drinking Solo, riffed on the trend, and there is an entire magazine called Singles: “a fashion and lifestyle magazine that helps single people to be happy and proud in their choice.”

As with all things in Korea, it is impossible to separate this new independence movement from politics. It began last summer at Ewha Women’s University with the young women who launched peaceful protests against a corrupt official with ties to then–President Park Geun-hye. They had always lived by the book, yet those same rules never applied to those in power. Fed up with the status quo, their voices grew so loud that they ultimately toppled her government. Then there’s the looming presence of North Korea, whose threatening existence is so deeply embedded in daily life. But the rise of Donald Trump caused a shift: When things could collapse at any moment, the kids seemed to say, Why waste another second toeing the line?

It takes shape in small ways: a solo trip to the movies, skipping the office happy hour for a night at home. There is some concern among the older generation that the youths have become too focused on the self by moving away from community and family. There is always some danger in too much isolation. It’s one reason why many honjok have joined up, creating common kitchens and cooking collectives to thrive together, yet apart. Ultimately, it’s about taking time for yourself. It’s about letting go of society’s pressures—to get married by a certain age, to work for a steady salary, to never ask questions—and caring less what others think.

This spirit pulses through the artistic heart of Seoul. It is in model Ahreum Ahn, one of the coolest girls in the city, who chose to buck tradition and move out of her family home and into a cozy Cheongdam studio to further her dreams. She is shot here by Young Jun Koo, himself a self-made photographer living on his own in Hannam-dong, shooting street editorials by day and zipping off on a motorbike to a gaming café by night.

It can be found at Rare Market, a concept shop whose owners, Jessica Jung and Dami Kwon, have the most rebellious buy in the city, including the sorts of covetable labels (Attico, Facetasm, Eckhaus Latta) that local department stores would have never stocked. Now, they guide the trends. At Parc, a restaurant and hub for the fashion crowd, owner Pak Mogua set up a raw, intimate space—so unlike the chichi bistros of the time—to deliver the simple home cooking that singles might miss from their mother’s kitchens. Tucked into a corner with a bottle of soju and a bowl of stewed beef, it is the perfect spot to be alone.

More importantly, this new feeling is guiding the country’s most promising designers—Bajowoo of 99%IS-, Hyein Seo, Goen Jong of Goen.J, Sarah Cho of Scho Studio, and so many more, who refuse to work within set boundaries. They are paving their own way, and so their designs stand strong beside the best emerging talent from around the world. Breaking free is a beautiful thing.Read more at:uk prom dresses | formal dresses


Kaia Gerber finds it 'difficult' juggling her career and education

The 15-year-old model - who is the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber - has admitted she struggles to balance her studies with fronting campaigns for designer brands, although she knows her schooling takes priority.

Speaking to Miss Vogue, the brunette beauty said: " It's really difficult, because you have a lot of different things going on. I go to school everyday, and that does come first.

"I try to separate my modelling work from my school life because I don't want people to think of me differently or that I am a certain way because of it. I think I do a pretty good job of separating it, I don't really talk about it with my friends. Other than my friends that are part of the industry, and I guess that's different."

And the fashion muse will use her "free time" to pose in front of the camera , although she considers her job more of a hobby.

She added: "I use my free time for work, but because I love it so much, it doesn't feel like work and I still have fun with it. I don't really have days where I can sit and do nothing."

However, Kaia doesn't complain about her busy schedule because she has "always" wanted to be a model, and loves being able to meet new people.

Kaia - who is the face of Marc Jacobs and fronts the brand's campaign for their Daisy fragrance - said: "I think it was always something that I knew that I wanted to do. But I would never of thought that I'd be doing Daisy Marc Jacobs ten years later.

"My favourite thing about being a model is the people that I meet. I don't think there's any other job where you get to learn so many things about so many different people. I just love forging new relationships."Read more at:prom dress shops | prom dress shops

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Paris Fashion Week to be designer Rahul Mishra’s next stop

Internationally acclaimed Indian designer Rahul Mishra will head to the French capital, which is always “so inspiring”, for his Paris Fashion Week show in September.

What’s keeping him busy?

“Paris Fashion Week! Our Spring Summer 2018 runway show is due to be presented on the 30th of September,” Mishra, who has been closely associated with Paris, told IANS.

Talking about his collections for Indian and international consumers, he said: “We have to approach both collections very differently. Paris is important in terms of showcasing your most unique collection which has to have an evolution from the previous collection.”

“Design wise we look for inspiration from the past, as well as internationally… it’s separates that sell the best. In the end, the runway look is created by the stylist that I work with in Paris.”

In India, he says, when he prepares for a collection it’s different.

“Because we only showcase our couture line here. So, we create a lot of bridal and occasion wear, we have to think about the entire look, from head to toe the entire ensemble is decided in-house and we start making the collection or designing based on that image,” he said.

How important is it for Indian designers to have a global presence?

“Fashion celebrates individuality, and India has the resources and the ability to embody that uniqueness in our clothes.

“Globally, I feel people do have a huge respect for Indian craftsmanship, we just need to take out the ethnic feel out of the ethnic techniques and create a more global product – that’s what the world demands, and I feel like India has a huge potential to be able to fulfil that,” he said.

For him, it has always been a dream to be able to showcase at Paris Fashion Week.

“PFW is arguably the number one fashion week in the world, it has global heavy weights such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga and Hermes showcasing,” he said.

“It’s a dream come true for a brand like us to be amongst these iconic fashion houses and showcase on the same calendar. It also creates a new opportunity, in terms of design, when you’re showcasing alongside some of the world’s most gifted designers, it makes us want to step-up our game as well.”

“I think it improves my work and constantly pushes my aesthetic to new directions. Paris is one of the most culturally influential cities, especially where the idea of beauty is concerned; every visit is always so inspiring,” he added.

Being an Indian designer showcasing at Paris, gives him a certain edge.

“India’s rich craft heritage allows me the freedom to explore my design visions, I am lucky to be from a country that has such a large living population of talented and skilled artisans,” he said.

“I feel like Paris is where I can dream and India is where I can realise that dream.”

Before he impresses fashionistas in the fashion capital, he will showcase his new collection at the ongoing India Couture Week here.

“The collection is called ‘Parizaad’, which means born of the divine. It takes inspiration from century old Persian, Roman and Byzantine architecture, and the intricate use of geometric patterns, tiles of flowers and mosaic of nature, emphasizing great design aesthetics from a time when human skills were divine,” he shared.

He feels India has got that right kind of craftsmanship and ready resources that are waiting to be able to create a “global powerhouse of couture for clothes that are all entirely handmade”.Read more at:prom dresses | evening dresses

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