Fashion Design Piece – Yay or Nay?

Fashion Design Piece – Yay or Nay?

This is a rough sketch of one of the ideas I’m playing with for the mix and match portion of my FIT portfolio. The look consists of a layered lace cape with hood and fleece lining, a bishop sleeve shirt … Continue reading

Diploma Candidate Problems

Recently, with my (somewhat?) irrational fear of the IB Extended Essay, I have been seriously contemplating dropping out of the IB Programme. But my more optimistic side says, “You can do it! I believe in you!” Well, it would be a shame to let all the stress get to me now….

Anyway, Fish House, an indie alt-rock band recently released their new single “Diploma Candidate,” a song about excessive studying and questioning what the purpose of it all is. It has a kind of upbeat background that’s really easy to jam out to, and easily to relate to lyrics for those of us out there working towards any kind of diploma.

Do have a listen, download it, and tell me what you think of it!

My IWB in a .gif

My IWB in a .gif

Oh, wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. For those of you out there still reading, this is basically what has kept me busy for the longest time. This is my IWB, or internal work book, which is a … Continue reading

Of Ravens and Writing Desks at Tokyo Fashion Week

When I found out that style.com was photographing the runway shows  at Tokyo Fashion Week, I was simply elated. I became even happier when I checked my email today and found out that Alice Auaa’s show was photographed.

For those of you unfamiliar with this brand, Alice Auaa is, an avant-garde gothic and Lolita fashion brand started in 1995 by Yasutaka Funakoshi. (http://tokyo-mbfashionweek.com/en/brands/views/alice%20auaa)

From what I can tell, their theme this year is Alice in Wonderland. I mean, having an Alice dress as the opening piece did drop a hint.

Opening look at Alice Auaa S/S 2013, via style.com

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” via style.com

 

Another prominent theme of Alice Auaa’s clothes is deconstruction, although I don’t feel it is as prominent this season as it has been in the past. I also noticed that there was good use of hoop skirts in this show.

Deconstruction at Alice Auaa, via style.com

Deconstruction at Alice Auaa, via style.com

More hoop skirts at Alice Auaa, via style.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a side note, check them out here and buy their clothes here (shopping service required).

I hope you enjoyed this post!!

I Don’t Need A Man – Miss A

Today it’s all about Miss A‘s “I Don’t Need a Man”!

Mood:

This song has a very upbeat, refreshed feeling to it  with a strong sense of independence. It’s a great song to motivate you to work, get over someone, or just feel very independent. I would expect to hear this song blasting at the clubs in Korea, because it’s got a great beat to dance to.

The formatting of this video is the standard K-pop music video format, so there’s not much to talk about here.

Would I say this is a typical Miss A song? Yes. Their songs generally have an upbeat feeling to it, with the exception of “Touch”. It’s also very ‘Miss A’ in a way that it appeals to their dancer image.

The choreography is simple, unlike some of their past works, and easy to learn. I feel like the dance has a similar feeling to that of Wonder Girls‘ “Like This”. Maybe the same choreographer? It’s a plausible explanation, considering they are technically part of the same company.

Styling: 

I’ll break this part down into group styling and individual styling.

  • Group Styling:

The group styling had a ‘sexy menswear’ theme to it, which has been done before, but not to the same type of song, at least, not that I know of.  It used suit jackets, hot pants, and heeled/wedge boots.

Miss A group shot outfits (one of many), via google images

Another group shot, via google images

  • Independent Styling:

Min:

Min’s looks were very 60’s, but with a bad-girl edge to it with the use of different textiles and accessories.

Min’s main look in the video, but without the necklace. via google images.

Jia:

Jia was the epitome of a rock princess, with the softer elements of a long tutu and tiara juxtaposing the boots, red lipstick, and leather glove(s?). The ombre hair was also a nice touch there.

Jia, the rock princess, via google images

Suzy:

Suzy had a grunge look, with the plaid shirt, bralet, and accessories. I must say, she definitely pulls this look off well.

Suzy the grunge, via tumblr

Suzy the grunge close-up, via tumblr

Fei:

Fei, like Suzy, had a grunge feel. But with Fei, her grunge was more hip-hop. Not to racially stereotype here, but she vaguely reminded me of a black girl.

Fei, secretly a black girl, via tumblr

Putting it all together:

Miss A inspired rock princess

What do you think? Do you think you can pull this look off?

We Are Originals!!

 

I’m not the biggest fan of athleticwear, but Adidas may change my mind.

Recently, Adidas released a video for their new ad campaign. which includes some very popular music artists and fashionistas, including, my favorites, 2NE1 (who did you think I was talking about?!)

The video is really cool, I mean, where else can you see 2NE1 doing a flashmob dance (to I’m the Best, at that) in the middle of what looks like Shibuya?

Go, go watch it now, and tell me what you thought of it!

 

I Love You

2NE1 is a mainstream artist, they sometimes sing mainstream things, but I think what makes them different is their style, and most of their songs. They dress differently, not different like say, Lady Gaga or Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the queens of all that is weird and nonsensical, but different more along the lines of bold and expressive.

Did I tell you how much I love 2NE1? Well, I absolutely adore them just as much, if not more, as I adore corsets and fashion.

So when ‘I Love You’ was announced, alongside their international tour, (they’re playing in the US! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!) you can probably imagine how excited I was.

Anyways, back on subject.

Mood:

I Love You is labeled as Electronic/pop on their YouTube description, though most of their more recent songs are more of an electric sound, I think that their last Korean release, from what I can tell, anyway, was their 2nd mini album, which had a mix of electronic, pop, rock, and some hip-hop to it.

It’s very upbeat, but if you read the lyrics, you’ll find that this is in all actuality, a very serious song. It’s easy to relate to, which makes it a great song to listen to at any time of the day. Whether you’re blasting it at a party, in your car, or listening to it all by yourself.

If you’ve seen other 2NE1 videos, you’ll find that the format of this video is no different from that of other 2NE1 videos. A lot of single shots walking around/dancing, then some choreography altogether later on with the rap. Generally, Minzi does all the dancing, CL raps, Bom does the hardcore vocal stuff, and Dara looks good. Not to say these, ladies aren’t all talented in these areas, because they are, some are just better in those specified areas than others.

Styling:

The name 2NE1 is synonymous with the word, fashion, I find. This section will probably the longest portion of the whole post, because of that.

The overall theme for ‘I Love You’ was exotic. From animal prints, vibrant colors, gold jewelry, and scarves to Dara’s half-shaven head, 2NE1 really wanted to take you on an exotic vacation into their world for this video. Kind of like a resort collection, very luxe.

2NE1’s main looks from the MV via google images.

Here you can see that Minzi and Dara are sporting animal print in the form of main pieces such as a dress or jacket, while CL opts for a more subtle touch; the animal print booties. I can’t really tell if Bom is sporting animal print, but the blue panels on her dress look vaguely like snakeskin to me.

You can also see what images everyone went for in this still. Dara was edgy, Minzy has a sexy/powerful thing going, CL was retro, and Bom went sexy femme.

Dara’s looks. Image found via tumblr

CL is retro, found via tumblr

Bom and her maxi dresses found via tumblr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look! They’re all wearing tassels! I’m pretty sure Dara and Bom’s choker are the same, and Minzy probably has one on in another shot somewhere….. I kind of want them. The MV also had a lot of chunky gold jewelry, not like bamboo hoops and nameplate necklaces, but more like coins and buttons. Like old-school Versace! I am proud to say I own a pair of sunglasses like the ones CL wore in the

MV.The colors used in the MV for the looks were fuschia, gray, gold, white, black, and what looks like jade green. There was also a bit of blue in there too.

Let’s talk hair and make-up.

I noted that Bom and Dara rocked horizontal two-tone hair.

Bom’s horizontal two-tone hair via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

Dara’s horizontal two-tone via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a more subtle note, Minzy had a bit of blue in her hair (or is it a wig?).

via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

Make-up for this vid is the usual 2NE1 smoky lids + cat eye with pinkish, doll-like lips.

Bom had this cool blue accent lash going, which I totally loved, and is totally achievable in real life with colored mascara or eyeliner. If you want to go really hardcore, you can attach feathers to your lashes with lash glue.

Bom’s cool blue lashes via ada-nikki.blogspot.com

A major (to me,anyway) thing I noticed in the MV was that everyone was sporting nail art. With it on the rise, it’s probably really important to show it.

Minzy’s make-up and nails found via tumblr

Minzy’s nail art found via google images.

Here’s Minzy’s nails.  Believe it or not, hers were actually the simplest of them all, from what I could tell. Hers were professionally done, but you can do something similar with nail polish, some nail pens or art deco polish, and nail stickers. If you guys are interested, I can put up a tutorial on how to achieve something similar.

CL and her nails via http://ada-nikki.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With these nails, however, you’re gonna have to go to your super awesome (and possibly Asian) nailist.

Now, putting it all together:

Inspired by 2NE1's I Love You
2ne1 dara I love you
What are your thoughts on this look? Love it? Hate it? Comment below!!