Toshio Yoshizawa, the founder of the Japanese hat company CA4LA, on the street in Harajuku. Even though Mr. Yoshizawa is the president of Japan’s top specialty hat company (with over 20 stores nationwide), we still see him walking leisurely around the streets of Harajuku often, always dressed in a suit and wearing a hat.

Why wouldn’t one venture out for regular constitutionals, if possessed of such a generous abundance of style to share with the masses? I love the cane that is clearly functional, but looks like an upgrade from a wizard’s walking stick.

This was a fall wedding from last year, but Lee Hyori is one of the few K-celebs whose nuptials had a distinct style. Maybe because she chose to make it very private, she could also chose to make the aesthetic of it very personal.

Meanwhile, as a proper trendsetter, she was not going to exclude the press from seeing her style at work.

I love the breezy at-home hippie wedding vibe of this, despite the fact that it’s no doubt a top fashion photographer getting the snaps.


These are the kind of art-piece shoes one wouldn’t ever wear, or if worn only put on once you were sure the red-carpet would be cushioning every step.
And yet, can you imagine how brilliant they would be with a slightly quirky suit—maybe matched with some simple beaded bracelets?

Style doesn’t scream, Pitti Uomo 84

Instead, style approaches calmly, with an exquisitely drawn brow, to say, “I beg your pardon?” without even words.
He’s made this even more rich by letting that scarf hang from his pocket. Was that necessarily planned into the day’s appearance? Does it matter?
He is glorious, and it is no accident but a commitment to a true aesthetic.
I mean, how many people do you think were out there with loud colors and strange shoes, and he is there, subversive only in that both his vest and shirt are white, and he does not have his arms through his coat.




KNAPP The Post - war collection A/W 2012/2013
Costume design and styling Antonia Yordanova
Photography and post production Diliana Florentin
Jewellery design Milko Boyarov
Make-up Slav
Hair styling Dani Molchovska @ Arlet Hair studio
Model Pirina @ Ivet Fashion MA
Supported by Sonja Dimitrova

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The Star Trek lines of this collection speak to me


I have very little to add, except that these show how exciting dark neutrals can be, if just applied with proper structure to them.

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"The Universe gave him to me.""What’s his name?""Black Mamba."

Just when you think this can’t get more cute and odd…you realize she seems to be pregnant.

I should be doing a review of style in You From the Stars, but guys, I have so many style screencaps of that show. I could do one post for just the Ajussi bromance pairing, one for all the side characters, and then one for the dynamics between our couple.

So let’s just try and break the block with a look at the year 2013’s grandest icon of style, if we give You Who Came From Another Star the year 2014…

Master’s Sun

It’s interesting to find out after watching this that So Ji-Sub is a bit of a fashion maverick—in that, he likes challenging outfit concepts, and is pretty daring for a man. While watching this, I just thought it was fabulous how he could get away with such a very fashion conscious look without seeming ridiculous.

It followed a very rigorous template, though.

Jacket - the point of interest. Be it a solid or a pattern, if something bold was going on in the outfit, it was going to go big in the blazer.

Shirt - the grounding of the outfit. Since he often wears lighter pants, the jacket is complimented by the shirt. Collar points are often tucked in for a neat profile, since he’s always going tie-free.

Scarf - this is not your posh luxuriant outer layer, even if tucked in, like President Yool’s in The Prime Minister and I. No, these little slips of kerchief are a design luxury, tucked under the shirt to add the touch of contrast that the ensembles aren’t getting from a tie.

The characterization here is pretty clear—Joong-Won is a youth, unorthodox business man. He’s not tied into his duties and he’s not going to be restricted by expectations, like wearing a tie. And yet, he understands not just the power of the suit as an image, but the power of image displayed through clothes. He owns a premier shopping mall. The designer of his scarves would probably be known to the ladies who frequent the shops.

Tae-yang’s outfits are all breezier (barring her short “professional woman” stint when first coming to work for him) and not particularly suit styled. She does loose the chaos and unlaundered look from her life as she’s stabilized by being around Joong-Won—which leads to trim pants and loose but collared blouses, which suit Gong Hyo-Jin so well.

Of course, security officer Seo In-Gook wears black in uniform, which makes him all the more fun to contrast against “top star” Little-Sun. She is not above wearing full evening dress to the mall, but it always was fun to see her be more genuine in her “encounters” with her crush on the street—probably wearing top-brand sweats, but still comfort clothing.

Aw, this show was good, guys. I miss it…

This is excellent guidance on how to integrate a new desired style into your life.

Blogging has got a lot more suit-inspired pieces into my (pretty casual) wardrobe because I’m identifying what I like, and able to latch onto things I find in my price range and palette.

Anyway, good words for anyone hesitant but desirous of adding more flair!


Haute Hijab - Dubai, U.A.E.
By: Langston Hues

"What’s the most frightened you’ve ever been?""I was camping alone one night. And something kept snorting at my tent. It was terrifying. Found out the next morning it was a baby deer."

Is he…playing a harmonica in the subway stairwell?
I don’t know, I love this portrait. The plaid scarf makes a pretty standard work-wear khaki and navy match up seem a little more fun. Which makes his choice of backpack for luggage seem a little less careless, too.


Sung Joon - Marie Claire Magazine March Issue ‘14

Sung Joon was practically formed to be in light, snugly fitted suits. Of course, he is probably also cultivated to be in them—one does not exactly become a model by neglecting one’s figure.

(Let me rephrase that: one does not become a model by paying no attention to one’s figure.)

But spring grays and blues suit him in personality exquisitely as well.Casual, understated. You can practically hear his grounded, gravel voice in the blue of that denim shirt towards the middle.

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While we’re on the topic, let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan, awarded the George Cross, British subject born in Russia of Indian Muslim extraction, killed by Nazis at the age of 31 while working as an Allied radio operator in France during the Second World War.
Let’s talk about how she was so bad-ass that she’d singlehandedly ruin any given John LeCarre novel by being harder and braver than every other spy in it.
(via Noor Inayat Khan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

It’s so easy to not know about the amazing women in uniform of history. I grew up with such an impression that very few women were at the fronts, and that they mainly did factory stuff, in World War II, when that is an America-centric viewpoint AS WELL as a simplistic, blinkered one.
Salute this accomplished professional!

I am so pleased that MBLAQ  is running with that Smoky Girl image of class and smolder…

They’re a manly group, (more to the 2PM end of the spectrum than the SHINee, that is) but they also have a certain controlled nature that makes for an interesting contrast. Since they’re veterans, for a k-pop group, they can afford to pick a more subtle image and stick with it.

And the dancing, likewise sophisticated and yet intense, is gorgeous. I recommend you go view a live performance (perhaps this one?) to get to see it in true action.

And the haunting track both has a certain punch to the chorus, which is in line with MBLAQ’s previous hits, and a melancholy that I think is building an even better sound for them than their pre-Smoky Girl repertoire.

The fact that they look fantastic in suits almost goes without saying, but I’d like to note that putting Mir in glasses and letting him keep the shaggy locks is a great styling move. He’s the one who’s more transparent and lacking restraint (though Joon is the overactor) and so turning him visually into a bit of a wild-card among them is spot-on.


Eartha Kitt by Gordon Parks, New York 1952

This is such a boisterous, personality driven shoot, it’s brilliant.

The simplicity of a white blouse and shorts both fit the way she expressed herself here and the steady simplicity of the photography.


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