Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.
SEOUL, KOREA–”I am in my second year at Seoul Arts College majoring in modeling,” says Lee Sang Min, wearing a wool cotton double breasted coat, black and white striped turtleneck sweater, black slim pants and black leather boots. He was waiting in line to get into the CY Choi show in the main hall at Korea Fashion Week with a group of five of his schoolmates. Surprised, as I thought they were just fashion kids rather than college students studying modeling, I asked through my interpreter: “How long is the modeling school program?”
“You can do a two year associate or a four year bachelor’s program,” said Back Min Kyu, who stood nearby wearing a black button down shirt, a white double side button pea coat, black pants, and black leather boots. “Have you come to the shows here before?” “Yes, we came the last time,” replied Choi Min Suk wearing a pair of light sunglasses, grey beret, black double breasted side button coat, grey knitted cardigan, black slim jeans, and black boots.
For many of the young people who flocked to these fashion shows hoping to glimpse next season’s style–or maybe learn a few tricks or two about walking the runway–they, like student Kim Hyun Gyun in a formal white button down shirt, maroon sweater, black double-breasted coat, black slim jeans, black oxford shoes and white athletic socks, mix different styles and moods of clothes in their daily looks. The best fall menswear shows in Seoul this past week reflect that notion of mixture, of adopting one element and juxtaposing it with another.