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?

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Like This – Wonder Girls

Like this yo, like this:

I’m a wee bit slow on the bandwagon here (if there is one…), but here’s the new Wonder Girls song, “Like This”

 

I am by no means a pro at discussing things, but let’s give this a whirl!

Mood:

From the first listen, I was getting a fun and upbeat mood, which I think is perfect because Finals week is coming up for me, thus marking the end of the school year and a perfect time to “walk on the wild side!” This song would be great at parties, get-togethers, those sorts of things.

I find this video to be quite different from the usual mood of most k-pop videos as it looks like it’s filmed in a public area, because most k-pop videos are filmed in a studio or in a secluded area, giving this video a casual and easy vibe.

I think that there’s a bit more of a hip-hop feel in this Wonder Girls song compared to their other songs, which is really refreshing. I mean, one can only do so much with retro without it becoming trite.

Choreography:

The choreography reflects the overall vibe of the song really well. There’s a bit of that hip-hop reflected there with the chorus, but not so much “I’m gonna shake my ass in yo’ face while I wear teeny tiny clothing” hip-hop. It’s more…..modest? These moves can be broken out at one’s homecoming and not end up being called shameless 24 hours later.

The leg wiggling movement is something very S/Mileage I think, they’re practically known for that movement. I’m sure the leg-wiggling movement was also in one of Orange Caramel‘s videos, if I remember correctly.

The movements look simple to replicate, but because they’re so repetitive, they’re really not. Anyone who’s done anything extremely repetitive can tell you that much.

Overall, I do find that this dance would be fun to do a cover of, especially with friends.

Fashion:

found via google images

“Like this yo, like this!”

Since I cannot find any stills from the video nor do I know how to make them (someone teach me), this photo will have to do.

The style here is very on trend, as the Wonder Girls always are, and suits the mood of the choreography well because it looks easy to move in and comfortable.

Let’s break down the look by trend:

  • grungy – most Wonder Girls fans would notice that the style here is a lot less refined than those of other videos, it’s still cute, just a lot more relaxed and loose. There is a bit of a DIY factor going here with the  paint splattered shirt, AC/DC shirt and the fringe shirt dress.
  • one point color – I noticed that in both the video and the image above, there isn’t so much a color explosion but more black/white with a focus of one (bright) color. With Sohee, far right, although there is that electric yellow going underneath her shirt dress, the main color focus is the coral on her jacket. With Lim, to the left of Sohee, the main focus is blue, which is expressed in her tights(?) and hair.
  • Tights/Socks – although this one isn’t expressed by the majority of the group, I still think it’s important to talk about this one. Sohee and Lim are both rocking printed tights, and Yenny (? the one on the far left) does rock some kick-ass knee-highs in the MV.
  • Flat Shoes – sneakers and those things that look like sandals but aren’t. They wore closed-toe shoes in the video, and if you are going to do a cover, I suggest you do the same, dancing in open-toed shoes can be difficult and lead to severe pain.
  • minimal makeup – Looking at the photo above, one will notice that the makeup is very simple, with only contoured cheeks, cat-wing eyeliner, and a natural colored lipstick. Not nude, but natural colored.


Putting it all together:

via my polyvore

Looks like I’ve got Diamond Jubilee fever

Ta-da!!

Comment below with your thoughts, because it’s awful lonely over here ~

-Marron