OUTFIT / Poetry

cropped blazer / Ann Demeulemeester
leather tote bag / Ann Demeulemeester
platform wedge / Ann Demeulemeester
scarf / ASOS

This was taken when we went to visit Comme des Garcons in a district in Seoul. I remember it being awfully chilly that morning and the walking was excruciating as the store wasn't situated in a central area for shopping. I would say the area is fancier because the cafe shops aren't packed, there was a calm ( an expensive and posh kind) in the streets and the people. There was a COS store which if weren't for the price tags displayed the shelves would be mistaken as an artsy museum. Then after that was the Juun J. flagship which was housed in a shipping container. Inside was dark , almost akin to a posh club circa 2002. The collection was dictated by neons and oversized puffers. I am grateful to see it in person since I have always been a fan. 

This was one of my favourite outfits in our trip. In fact , a lot of "ajummas"' complimented my outfit when we were window shopping in clothing stalls in Dongdaemun.  They must have liked the layers and cartoonish pants. I was so comfortable with my style during the Seoul trip. Koreans , I find , generally appreciate style and individuality and since the city is crowded , you get to be invisible. There were times that I felt I stood out in the crowd only because my choices border on the weird and unusual. No matter what you do , people will stare and it's up to you whether you are happy and satisfied on how you express yourself. 


TRAVEL / Art & Seoul

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

My favourite was Choijeonghwa's gallery 5 YOUNG FLOWER  which featured an installation of children's plastic crowns in honor of the Sewol Ferry tragedy.


OUTFIT / Autumn Vibes


OUTFIT / Michele Lamy

Asymmetric zip jacket / Rick Owens DRKSHDW
drape cardigan / Rick Owens Lillies
Brancusi boots / Rick Owens
bag / Ann Demeulemeester
skinny pants / Balenciaga

I love dressing up in layers. The way the fabrics immingle to create a notable dimension makes it easy on my eyes. I was going for simple pieces but worn differently to allow me to put the shoes on the spotlight. Add to the fact that I was only able to bring 5 pieces of basic garments to work on for 9 days in Seoul. The Rick Owens Lillies cardigan , for example, was worn from the back to create that tunic-like effect. Honestly, for a moment I felt like a homeless person with all these sombre colors and heavy fabric plus my big hobo bag. But this look is something I would always admire whenever i check out archives of Rick Owens , Yohji and Barbara Gongini. Yes, it was also inspired by Michele Lamy.


PHOTODIARY / Capturing Hongdae

We were very happy to meet one of my friends back from the Philippines to give us a mini-tour in Hongdae. It is her favourite spot in Seoul and I can see why. Everywhere, there's a k-beauty store to visit: Innisfree , Etude House, Tony Moly , Missha etc. The alleyways are brimming with clothing shops within a budget range and let's not forget the countless cafe shops and restaurants. I think this admiration with their themed restaurant will be a recurring tone for my Seoul trip. 

For brunch we went to this quiet and chic cafe which I forgot lol. I ordered a butter toffee capuccino something. I always made it a point to order coffee that doesn't exist in Australia. I didn't care if it was loaded with sugar but coffee is definitely my "pizza and cheeseburger". 

For lunch we went to this local Korean restaurant where you can sit in the tatami-like floor. I was a bit embarassed because my bulky Rick Owens boots were blocking the narrow walk way. Anyhow, I think we ordered a Veggie Bibimbap which would make me full for 3 days lol.  After lunch, we had a lovely stroll to see Style Nanda and other shops then we chilled in the Yeonnam-dong park and ate the most yummy roasted almond that I've ever tasted in my existence. 

The place has this European-Tokyo vibe, really: The smell of bread and coffee wafting in the atmosphere , hushed voices of people in the cafe, laughing kids and barking dogs in the park. It was a great idea to visit Hongdae and we even went back on our last day despite of the rain.