MVIO , Lotte Department Store; 1 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul; +82 2 772 3561 The Studio K’s navy and coral 2013 look book is sprightlier than the neutrals and grays of past seasons. 10. The Studio K South Korean fashion editors and fashionistas adore designer Hyejin Hong’s brand the Studio K, says Yang. Often called “the Korean Marni,” the brand’s designs are minimalist and elegant, inspired by algorithms and technology, according to the designer. It’s difficult to step into what may look like a paper construction or a sartorial rendering of a skyscraper and not feel overshadowed, but the clothes are miraculously flattering. The Studio K , 648-20 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; +82 2 518 8984 CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile.
Still, it’s only fashion, and perhaps it’s easy for foreign policy observers to take ourselves too seriously. What’s really wrong with winking at North Korean militarism to sell $400 pants? For that matter, why not a line of footwear by Pol Pot? Or grooming tips by Stalin? Maybe affix Mao’s name to next month’s diet plan? My one complaint is that I wish Elle had run this item on Monday, before my interview that afternoon with a young man who escaped several years ago from North Korea to find a new life in, he hopes, the United States.
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Whether it be traveling to the countryside to reunite with extended family or staying in the city to relish the time off work or school, Seollal can be a great opportunity to immerse oneself in traditional Korean culture; and for those looking to get off the couch and usher in the Year of the Horse by doing something different from the usual weekend dinner and a movie, there is an endless number of events in Seoul and surrounding areas that offer visitors opportunities to celebrate the holiday. Visitors dressed in a hanbok will receive free admission to the five major historical palaces (Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Gyeonghuigung), the royal shrine (Jongmyo) and royal tombs, as well as qualify for discounts at a number of museums throughout Korea. As it does every year, Gyeongbokgung Palace – Seoul’s largest palace and the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty for more than 500 years – will organise a number of Seollal events during the holiday weekend for locals and foreigners, ranging from cultural performances to folk games. The most common folk games at the palace grounds include jegichagi (Korean hacky sack), tuho (arrow ring toss) and neoltwiggi (seesaw). The National Folk Museum of Korea is currently holding an exhibition in tribute to the Year of the Horse. The “Horse, a Vigorous Gallop” exhibition features some 60 works of art including literature and various artifacts that depict horses in Korean culture and history.
Celebrating Seollal in old Korean fashion
What will be interesting to watch is whether the Korean ascendency continues in 2013 and we see more cross-over Korean success stories, not only from K-pop sensations (keep an eye on Boa and Girls’ Generation ) but also from Korea’s massive fashion industry. For many years, Korea has been developing its reputation as an exporter of high quality textiles and fabrics, but it appears that it is now on the cusp of evolving from being merely a fabric jaket jepang online exporter to setting the direction of what the world’s designers are sending down the runway. A key driver in the emergence and confidence of the Korean fashion industry is heavy investment from the central government , keen to actively promote Korean’s ‘cultural industries’. Part of this investment involves showcasing the talents of Korea’s fashion designers to the fashion press of the world. As well as hosting Seoul Fashion Week twice a year, international events are also supported – for example, in October 2012, the government’s Korea Fashion organization collaborated with celebrity stylist Patricia Field (of Sex And The City fame) to present a ‘K-Fashion Sensation’ in Manhattan, showcasing a number of Korean fashion brands. Another interesting facet of Korean fashion is the willingness of Korean guys to be totally fashion-forward.