Saturday, April 2, 2016

Winged for Seoul Fashion Week

Photos by Kat Son and Byeonggi Jo 

It's now a life goal to work and live in a city with some sort of fashion week. Once again, I attended Seoul Fashion Week (well, more like Seoul Fashion Day given that I could only attend on Saturday). I saw the R. Shemiste show (super grungy, but still appealing to my need for feminine clothing) in the morning, then spent the rest of the day being mobbed by photographers. Last year I wore some very basic outfits and while I was photographed, it didn't happen too often. This year I opted for a beautiful backless shirt that I'll never be able to wear in Korea again. The statement piece got a lot of attention – a group of girls just wanted a picture of me (from the front), and when I turned around (because let's be honest the front of this outfit is boring, and trying to pin it into a crop top was a failed attempt) there were a lot of squeals of surprise and praise. To show this much upper body skin is still uncommon for Korea (even in Seoul!), so anything with thin shoulder straps (let alone my beloved off the shoulder pieces) is a no go. Not that that will stop me, but it is something I consider when go out on the weekends, whether it's to metropolitan and slightly more liberal Seoul, or my more conservative countryside town. I've literally had ajummas come up to me on the street to adjust a wayward shoulder strap so that it once again covers my bra strap. So kind, but so annoying. But back to fashion week... 
I couldn't walk more than 50 feet without being stopped for photos! It was ridiculous, and I don't know how the more popular bloggers and models get anywhere! People weren't just stopping me to take photos of my outfit, but they wanted selfies, pictures of me posing with their kids, group photos of me and them. It was something else! A Korean friend was there with me, and he translated some of the things people were saying as I was being photographed by the Dingo photo wall. Apparently people thought I was a model and had supposedly seen me in a magazine before. Mostly they were just asking their friends if I was famous since I was being photographed so much. Little do they know. Posing was also super hard! Normally I just laugh and joke around with my friends when they take blog pictures, but there were so many photographers that I didn't know where to look, and I had no idea how to pose (and posing is really, really hard when you've been walking around in heels and posing from 10:30-4:30, as is trying to smile naturally). Totally a fish out of water. Simpson Kim also took a few photos of me, so be sure to check out his blog if you want to see a few more photos of my gorgeous back.

I was super happy to visit and catch up with my friends though. I don't get to see them often enough since they all work in different towns (ok, except Subomi and Byeonggi, I see them every few days since they live in Gongju with me). 

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