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Coachella Is Over, But… This Dress is Not

Wearing this dress from sammydress.com makes me feel like I’m in an Empire of the Sun video, circa 2009, or at the very least the Dark Horse Katy Perry video. The bottom half is sheer (but not too sheer- it has a an opaque slip) and Grecian and bridal, while the top half is hipster-Aztec & Coachella inspired.


Do any of these references make sense? Here’s the thing– when I wear items of clothing that feel particularly trendy, I tend to throw references out there, usually pop music inspired. But judge for yourself. Would you rock this dress on a hot summer day? Could you see yourself blending into the hipster flora of your neighborhood? It’s flowy and bright and has great patterns, even a few bejeweled pieces that make me feel like nail art. It feels snug on the chest but in a secure way, kind of like how small dogs like to be bound in comfort vests (another reference!).  I could see myself wearing this to an 11 am brunch in which you plan to imbibe in sangria, or a market run with Grecian sandals. The more I wore this dress in the safety of my living room, the more I thought, hey I can pull this off! I tend to make wardrobe choices that veer towards neutral tones like beige, navy, and grey and it’s fun to wear something that’s outside of your comfort zone, just to see yourself in a new way.  — Jeanie Kwak


Harare Fall 2014


Harare_2 harare_3The controlled chaos and riotous colors of abstract expressionism was present in Harare’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection.
Harare is the namesake of Australian educated, but New York based designer Caroline Fuss.
Drawing upon the works of American artists such as Frankenthaler, Diebenkorn and Rothko, we see a young designer who successfully translates the post war color palette, turning the dial from deep, optimistic blues to a fresh, aquatic teal and yellows that glow from marigold to California sun. We saw nubby, textured wools and quiet pleats, while geometric patterns scattered energetically across coats and fitted trousers.
The feel and mood was still sophisticated with a Native American touch. The collection was cohesive and thoughtful, rounding out a “canvas” of rich colors and textures. – Jeanie Kwak.
Photos by Charles Gigante

CJ Entertainment Korean Cinema Event


CJ Anniversary

The stars of Korean drama and film were out last night, gracing the red carpet event of CJ Entertainment’s 60th Anniversary commemoration of its parent company CJ Group. CJ Entertainment is South Korea’s largest entertainment studio, producing the new wave of highly acclaimed Korean films.

The event was held in the lofty halls of the Museum of Modern Art, where a screening of two films: Safe (director Moon Byoung-Gon) and End of Animal (director Jo Sung Hee) were shown. The event sought to showcase two of its most promising directors and their films to global industry leaders.

Some well known Korean actors in attendance were Lee Byung Hyun, (seen in such thrillers as I Saw The Devil; The Good, The Bad, The Weird; A Bittersweet Life), handsome, baby-faced Goo Soo (Piano; Green Rose; Some White Night; Haunters), Ha Jung-Woo (The Chaser; The Unforgiven; Time; Never Forever; Take Off) and Lee Jin Wook (Nine: Nine Time Travels). Two beautiful Korean actresses were also in attendance: the slight and winsome Gong Hyo-Jin (Crush and Blush; Pasta; The Greatest Love) who had actor Goo Soo by her side, and the stunning Hwang So-Hee who looked elegant in her cream lace dress. Last by certainly not least was Korean pop sensation PSY (Gangnam Style) looking respectfully sedate and dapper in his black suit.
– Jeanie Kwak

Photos by Charlie  Gigante