OUTFIT / Fluffy

DAME  boiled wool jumper / ACNE 
longline wool vest / ALAND
Shoes  / Gucci

STORY TIME / It was a good call when I didn't pack too much clothes for this trip. I think I only brought one heavy coat and the rest were like separates and light outerwears because we intended to shop around. It was a perfectly cold morning and I immediately wore my newly purchased ACNE Studios Dame jumper. from the previous day.  It was an old stock from a specialty luxe shop in Garosu-gil , Gangnam. I love most Acne Studios piece and although it was heavy, it was a perfect cosy warm jumper. Something I will regret buying when I land in Australia because "what is winter in December?"

I love the brownish beige color and the overly massive sleeves. It was a perfect match to my GUCCI Queercore boots (so hard to incorporate to my style though) which was so beautiful on the feet and eyes but mind you these were so painful. Sorry! It could be from our non-stop walking or the Dionysius belt clasp on the toes that may have strangled my swelling toes. It could also be the sizing. In the morning, I apply my numbing cream but it only works for the first 5 hours. After that, the magic wears off and I'm left with an almost injured gait. I didn't bring any walking shoes for this trip because.. fashion!


Don't pack too much clothes. Instead bring a lot of money lol. Chances are you will not avoid shopping because I honestly think that most Korean merchandise (bags, shoes, clothing) despite of their cheap price are truly of great quality. Perhaps the price point is cheaper because they tend to go quickly with trends and they just need to sell their stuff quick. I didn't go overboard because I would rather buy my favourite designer pieces plus the economy baggage only allowed us 23kg. Also, don't get too excited to shop at one store right away. Most merchandises can be seen in different stores at different prices (well, this is applicable if you've got plenty of time and energy to shop)

I promised myself that on my next trip I will really really bring at least one comfortable walking shoes. When feet start to ache , your focus inevitably will go to the feet and not on the experience. There were many times that I've sat down at a cafe shop to rest instead of checking out a place. I mean time is essential during short vacations like these and it would have been nicer to see more places instead of nursing a tired feet at some cafe. 

Learn Hangeul / Korean language. It would have been easier to connect with the locals had I polished those commonly useed korean phrases. I've noticed that Korean phrases/ words are a mouthful instead of Nihonggo. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every bit of my conversations with them. Smiling a lot helps and body language , too.

Their subway is one of the easiest ever. It's very easy to understand plus the touristy commercial areas like Myeongdong and , say,  Hongdae are so close. Not like in Tokyo or Paris where we experienced tons of transfers to different lines. 

Ask a Korean friend (if you have one) to at least tour you around. I think they are a great company and I often see them having fun with friends. From my point of view, they are sociable and given a lot of places to hangout in Seoul, they are always outside drinking or sharing a meal together. 

Instead of Google maps, use Kakao Maps. Not unless you enjoy getting lost. There was a point when we were like in this market area and we just decided  " Oh , yeah , let's just go without a plan and go with the flow and follow those youngsters because they might lead us to these hip places". I think it's okay at first but .. not really lol. Having a plan is still your best option because you don't wanna spend that one day accomplishing nothing. Watch tons of youtube vlogs. There are tons of helpful vloggers.

Again, thanks to Ana Gonzales, Edrick Bruel, Dana and our Korean friends (Seungmin Park and Jennifer Myeonghwa) who helped us whenever I DM-ed them 24/7 about anything from translating a washing machine with no English words to giving  us advises on the best jazz bar resto in town.


TRAVEL / Gangnam

long apron as dress - Japan
boots - Ann Demeulemeester
leather tote bag - Ann Demeulemeester

Apologies if most of my photos are fashion-related. Before we went to Seoul, me and my partner didn't plan any tours or trips to iconic places in Seoul. In fact, this was our fashion vacation wherein we will scout for shops that sell our favorite designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Helmut Lang , Rick Owens etc. So it made sense that on our second day, we've decided to visit Gangnam, Garosu-gil in particular. 

Gangnam has that Roponggi Tokyo vibe: The tree lined  streets, corporate buildings with small shops. It was also interesting because there were also basement shops so imagine the excitement of not knowing where to start. We stumbled upon this high-end shop in the basement which sells brands like ACNE , Nehera, Undercover, MSGM (very popular in Seoul) and I scored a fluffy Caramel jumper from ACNE studios for $100 AUD. It will be on my next post. This place is known for beauty surgery clinics as well which I might consider visiting next time lol

We did a lot of strolling and store-checking ...and people watching. It's true that people around here dressed up more and it encourages you to edit your clothes and look your best as well. We visited Vintage shops as well where countless of monogram bags of FENDI, GUCCI and DIOR scattered all throughout the store. There were jackets from Chanel, Balmain and YSL too. The staff was so friendly and welcoming. 

Korean  clothing stores are awesome! Actually, we stumbled upon REIKENEN , a famous shoe label and it was just amazing. I did my best to take photos but I try my best to avoid getting reprimanded by staff because it kills my mood.  We ended our day eating french macarons from Cafe La foret


TRAVEL / Rick Owens , Seoul

AT last I have properly set foot into a Rick Owens store. I wasn't able to visit the LA store and the one in Tokyo due to our tight schedule and inability to navigate properly (GoogleMaps, I hate you sometimes). We went to the store in Paris but we only had a few minutes to spare and it was rushed but this one in Seoul proved to be the most pleasurable one. Even the sales associate was so welcoming and friendly ( I forgot her name!) The first thing we did was taking a photo with the Rock God himself (literally) and after like 54 shots of him on different angles (lol) , we went inside. Of course, we tried the newly released $1,000 worth of his perfume to set the mood. 

It was like going into Rick Owens mind. Being inside the store is like watching his show in Palais de Tokyo. I couldn't stopped gushing at the pieces. I didn't even dare to look at the prices because I know the value. I enjoyed picking up the Cantilever boots , the one with the curved heel. I am so loving the square toe silhouette of his womenswear boots. Being able to touch the fabrics of the pieces was a dream come true for someone who obsess about these pieces too badly. A black dress isn't just a piece of lifeless item for Rick. His coats and dresses have appendages, out-of-this-world  pattern and an interesting textile story. I'm no good with fabric naming but there was a tunic that has patches of lambskin leather on the bodice and something tulle and meshy on the sleeves. It was magnificent!

It would be nice to buy something at that time but buying in Australia is more reasonable plus my 23kg luggage is so lame! Anyway , this trip is one of our highlights in Seoul.


OUTFIT / First Day in #Seoul

photos by / Larrend

Wool Geometric coat - RAD HOURANI
tote bag - Ann Demeulemeester
light chiffon cardigan - RAD by Rad Hourani
grey tunic - RICK OWENS 
SS17 WALRUS boots

THOUGHTS / We weren't really planning to visit Seoul but during the past couple of months, me and my partner were in a fashion euphoria. We wanted to visit a country in Asia that reverberates #fashionism in a higher level. I suggested Japan (again) but he told me a new country would be more exciting. Hence, Seoul, Korea! Well, I've always admired them. I first encountered their strong sense of style from the K-pop scene back in 2011. Ever since, I tend to refer to them for style inspiration every once in a while.

On our first day in Seoul, we wanted to see for ourselves right away how retail and shopping looks like. We live in a small town in Queensland and variety is a thing that we TRULY yearn for. Boy, variety we have found! 

It was Autumn by the way. Our joy and excitement that time was perfected by the fiery mahogany leaves and the blue skies. There was stillness in the air but a magnificent color story everywhere contrasted it beautifully. Very picturesque indeed.

Koreans have a certain EuroOriental style that they might have perfected through time. Wool longline coats and the ubiquitous padded down jackets rule the streets. Sneakers and brogues were the go-to shoes of women. Bags vary from cute colorful handbags to nonchalant totes. I thought I'd be sick of seeing crossbody bags but I didn't see much actually. And, man , logos were everywhere. Vetements, Balenciaga , YSL, Givenchy , Y-3 were rampant. Shouting loud and proud. Whether it was an original or a counterfeit, we don't know . But honestly, there was a temperature of fashion (streetwear at least)in the streets. It was strongly felt.

OUTFIT / I tend to wear my most favourite outfit on the first day. To be completely honest, I never get the chance to wear my winter pieces back home because of the warm or should I say scorching weather. I think I'm a winter type of person and ironically I always end up living in the tropics. I was going for a streamlined outfit with a futuristic theme. I love to play with geometric shapes and i thought the robotic boots from Rick Owens went perfect with the clean minimalist oversized wool coat from Rad Hourani ( my fave fave designer of all time!) Months prior I thought of having a hypebae slash k-pop looks for this trip but I reckon not to look identical with the locals. Hashtag standing out!!! Plus , I am sort of going back to my avant garde inclinations which is very organic to my style.