In general, fashion trends are very capricious, because they can change into something entirely different in the blink of an eye. As the KIS community is filled with oh-so-fashionable students, there is literally no way we can get away without exploring the stylish worlds of our fellow KISians (dun dun dun).
There was a mild (or rather, severe) explosion of the leggings trend some time in 2014, and it just won’t stop. The trend probably won’t go away–at least not any time soon–but how can we expect them to just disappear when they’re so comfortable? Being fashionable may be quite important during your school life in order to express yourself and be unique, but let’s face it, being comfortable, cozy, and snug is so much better. Had an extremely tough week full of tests and you just want to survive the friday? Leggings, problem solved. Skinny jeans (especially in the winter) feels so unpleasant and cold, but leggings– this, my friend, is a revolutionary clothing item. It’s to the point where the fashion industry is now producing meggings (leggings for mens, duh). Treat yourself with a day of leggings, feeling extremely comfy! After all, what’s not to love about them?
If you recall, at the beginning of the school year, we had a contest to pick our class t-shirt designs. Each grade (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) assembled their amazingly talented artists of their class and voted on the best design to represent their graduation year. And apparently, there has been some talk that the sophomore year t-shirt oddly resembles the widely known clothing brand, Uniqlo’s logo. I mean, white block text on a red box is pretty common, but when those class photos were uploaded on facebook, people would not stop comparing the two designs. I do see somewhat of a similarity but come on, who wore it better? (We did). In fact, if you think about it, Obey Clothing sells shirts with the word obey in white on a red square, as well as Supreme, with the exact same concept. Maybe there’s just a thing we have about white block writings on red squares.
Who hasn’t seen Yoo Ah In’s fashion collaboration with Nohant Korea? After being uncovered in the summer of 2014, his summer collection “New Kidz” took over not only our school, but the entire city.
The perfect mixture of Hangeul (hence the name Hangeul Fashion Project) and English. It seems so orthodox, yet profoundly erratic at the same time. After being launched, the Hangeul Fashion Project’s popularity went through the roof. Everybody loved Yoo Ah In’s very own production of t-shirts, tanktops, and sweatshirts. And as you’ve expected, as soon as summer vacation ended, our very own fashionable students of KIS were back wearing Yoo Ah In’s LOVE CITY apparel, perfectly coordinated their fashion style. The period of the Hangeul Fashion Project’s prosperity has of course calmed down as of now but the extreme escalation of his clothing line’s popularity within such short duration of time was absolutely a crazy period of 2014. But New Kidz isn’t done yet. Yoo Ah In still has more to offer for us in 2015, so stay tuned.
Since Korea’s a super duper cold country, I feel like our winter fashion, especially, is, well, fashionable. For tourists and foreigners to be inspired and copy our fashion trend is not a once or twice thing. If you look around in places like Dongdaemun or Myeongdong during the winter season, so many street shops sell warm knit scarves, beanies, and gloves. Beanies, especially, are provided with a variety in terms of color, shape, and even material. The weather stays cold even until when other places experience Spring, so might as well take advantage of the coldness for an excuse to glam up with winter accessories! It’s always nice to have a charm point, because we always have to wear our thick winter coats, covering the clothes we wear underneath.
– Leona Maruyama (’17)
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