BTS IDOL Fashion Analysis

The final installment of the Love Yourself Series is out! IDOL is amazing, personally I like it even better than Fake Love and DNA (I still love those songs though). Today, we’re going to talk about the symbolism and themes exemplified in the fashion of this video.

I did a similar thing with Fake Love and since I had a ball writing and researching for it, we’re doing it again!

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As I watched this the first time, I definitely got Afro pop vibes from it, and this was shown in the suits they wore in the opening and closing shots. The slim fit, bright colors, and busy patterns scream Nigerian street style. I totally dig it since it’s something unlike what BTS has done in the past.

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They cut to a scene where the members are decked out in khaki colored outfits. It reminded me of a safari…but like a high fashion safari. The monochromatic color palette contrasts starkly with the vibrant suits, possibly showing the constrains that society has put on BTS (and everyone). That scene is rather bland, showing the way being in the spotlight can water down one’s personality.

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During Yoongi’s verse, he wears a sweater with Snow White on it. In the Brother’s Grimm version of Snow White, the evil queen has a mirror which she asks continually who the fairest in the land is. When the answer is Snow White she flies into a fit of rage and attempts to kill Snow White. This sweater seems to be countering that vain and jealous view of loving yourself demonstrated by the queen, by focusing on Snow White, who wasn’t threatened by the queen and lived her life despite her antagonist’s attacks.

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Speaking of antagonists, J-Hope wears a yellow Bugs Bunny sweater (which I really want btw). Bugs Bunny is infamous for continually outsmarting his antagonists and winning nearly every time. This reference calls back to some earlier lyrics “you can’t stop me from loving myself”, No matter how many times the other characters try to outsmart Bugs, he wins in the end. Just like no matter how many times haters try to get BTS down, they’ll always love themselves in the end.

 

Next let’s talk about Tae. In much of the video he’s spotted in this look:

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Does it remind you of anything?

How about this one from Dope:

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Going from black plastic frames to gold wire ones, shorts to slacks, and a bow tie to necktie show growth and maturation. Even though they’re quite different, these outfits have the same core. Part of loving yourself is allowing yourself to grow yet keeping the core of who you are. Also, the colors of the IDOL look are definitely more vibrant and bright, showing that with growth comes more freedom and confidence.

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Freedom and confidence are huge themes in the fashion of this video. The bold mixture of prints show a level of “I don’t really care what people say about me, I’m going do what I want.”

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Finally, in one scene, the members are seen sporting long sating robes and loose-fitting ensembles. The aesthetic is quite similar to Blood Sweat & Tears with it’s luxury, and Fake Love with it’s saturation and dark hues. Where it differs in a meaningful way is the silhouette: these oversized robes give a feel of relaxation and regality, freedom and confidence. It seems as if BTS is saying: “Yeah, sometimes loving yourself is difficult and dark but guess what, we’re royalty and we’re comfortable with who we are.”

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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My Favorite Dance Practice Outfits

One of the millions of reasons I’m obsessed with Kpop is the fashion. Even when they’re practicing, the outfits rival stage ensembles. So, today I’m sharing  5 of my favorite dance practice outfits. Please keep in mind that these are in no particular order and there’s certainly many more than five, but we’d be here all night if I went through all of them. Also, appreciate my screenshotting skills because I tried hard for you guys.

 

Jungkook – 뱁새 (Baepsae/Silver Spoon)

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Perfection in fabric, that’s what this outfit is. The cut of the jeans is quite unexpected in a world of skinny jeans. The white button down riffs on that classic work-wear silhouette but looks breezier. And JK’s beloved Timbs truly pull together the look.

 

Minghao (The8) – Crazy in Love

I’m not always a fan of extremely long t-shirts like this one, but Minghao makes it work. The proportions are balanced because of his fitted joggers, and while I’m not a huge fan of his socks being pulled up so far, it does keep the look more streamlined. Unfortunately, I can’t for the life of me, find this shirt. I’m in love with the way it looks and wanted to see the smaller print of what it says. So, if you happen to find some details, let me know in the comments!

 

Lucas – Boss

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I almost did TY’s outfit from Boss, and while it is sensational, Lucas’ outfit really draws me. It’s simple: a white long-sleeve, black jeans, gold chain, and Adidas, but it’s styled so expertly. The top is tucked into the jeans and the jeans are belted, the gold chain is an excellent touch and the shoes tie in the sleek black and white color palette.

 

Sehun – The Eve

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Again, while simple, this outfit makes a big impact. The wash of the jeans are that perfect medium denim and offer nice contrast to the black hat, tee, and shoes.

 

Jin – Blood Sweat & Tears

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Black on black looks *NCT plays in the background* are a staple in dance practices but Jin brings it to another level. Although it’s a button-down, the shirt doesn’t have a stiff quality, but rather hangs perfectly relaxed. Because this look is so sleek, I appreciate the minimalism of the one hole in the black jeans. Also, it looks like his shoes are suede, which brings in an unexpected texture. This outfit contrasts amazingly with Jin’s pink hair…it’s just a whole look.

 

Let me know what your favorite dance practice fits are!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

Shopping Kpop Idol Closets

I know that almost every post has been kpop and fashion related lately but, I’m just in a mood right now so I hope you like it!

So, contrary to the title I actually didn’t get to shop in an idol’s closet but if you’re an idol reading this hit me up. Instead, this is a wishlist of things that I would steal if I happened to be best friends with some of the biggest names in Kpop right now. Also, all of these are from boy groups because, as you know if you’ve been following me for a while, I only stan boy groups. Plus, I just like that aesthetic a little more. So, here are the items I would cop:

Minghao’s “Something & Associate” hoodie

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To be honest I’d take every hoodie in the kpop industry but I especially like this one because it’s just fun. Also, the classic black and white is perfect.

 

Taehyung’s orange belt

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This belt would add spice to so many different outfits, I especially envision it with a white button down, white jeans, and white sneakers and this belt for a pop of color.

 

Shownu’s “Art is Fraudulent” t-shirt

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The message on this shirt reminds me of how people will try to control messages by censoring art because it’s dangerous. Art is fraudulent/deceptive sometimes in it’s beauty and it’s importance because it’s world-changing. I tried not to start preaching about art. Anyway, I love this shirt, send it to me please.

 

Who knows, maybe my next post won’t be Kpop or fashion related?

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

 

Kpop Trends from Seoul Fashion Week

I’ve always been into trends and trend forecasting, so I thought it would be fun to do some trend forecasting with Kpop fashion because we all know Kpop is my entire life. I am by no means a professional forecaster but I took into account past MV outfits, Seoul style, and looks from runways shows at SFW. Here are a few trends I think/hope will emerge.

Complex Belts

 

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Seoul Street Style [Vogue.com]

Harnesses and braces have recently emerged as a trend in certain concepts like NCT Dream’s Go and Monsta X’s Dramarama. Belts will naturally follow in complex utility styles like the ones seen in street style.

Wide Leg Pants 

 

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Seoul Street Style [Vogue.com]

Typically, idols tend to wear skinny jeans, tight leather pants etc. while this is all well and good there needs to be a little variety. For this F/W season in Seoul wide leg pants were huge and I hope it extends to Kpop fashion. Idol’s like BTS’ V wear these in casual situations often and JBJ’s Hyunbin has sported them for live stages already.

Statement Jackets

 

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Jackets are a staple in music videos and live stages. But instead of basic bombers, denim, and leather jackets I expect that we’ll be seeing more statement jackets. Either with cool pieces of hardware, bold colors, or avant garde silhouettes. I think these pieces will make a huge impact in many concepts.

 

I’m always excited for the future of fashion in general and the intersection of fashion and music so I really hope some of my predictions hold true and that I see these pieces in the MVs of the future.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

RTW Fall ’18 Wishlist

I know I’m late, but I’ve finally caught up (ish) on the Fall 2018 Ready to Wear coverage. It was a solid season: of the brands I check for first I was a bit disappointed with Yohji Yamamoto and Chanel, but I was in love with Versace and Off-White.

As I perused the collections I was struck by how many of the pieces were wearable and how many I wanted to own. Here are five pieces that are on my “wishlist” from this season.

Undercover Sweatshirt

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via Vogue.com

Grey sweatshirts will always hold a special place in my heart and the addition of the graphic is amazing. I love the “Total Youth” message and the silhouette is super breezy.

Marine Serre Raincoat

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via Vogue.com

Red is a trendy color that seems to be sticking around. I don’t own many red pieces and most of them ironically are coats. I love loud raincoats and the sheerness of this one is really intriguing.

Sacai Top

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via Vogue.com

The structure contrasted with the slouch of this top is beautiful. The sheer sleeves are a lovely detail and the whole vibe of this piece is just amazing. I’d wear this in a heartbeat with a black pencil skirt or light-wash denim.

Tosia Set

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via Vogue.com

As a firm believer in nightwear for daytime, I was in love with Tosia’s collection this year. This blue pajama-like set is a dream: the tailoring, subtle print, and tie detail make for a stunning look. I would wear this so often it’s not funny.

Tabula Rasa Dress

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via Vogue.com

Aside from Off-White, Tabula Rasa was my favorite collection this season. The soft angelic knitwear is completely up my alley. Although I want most of the pieces in this collection I choose this dress because the silhouette is so flattering, and those who know me can attest that I have a thing for the color blush. I also adore the styling of this with the sandals and socks in luxe tones.

What did you think of my wishlist? Did you like this season’s looks?

Stay fly,

~Akilah

Givenchy: Legacy

 

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Hubert de Givenchy Feb 21, 1927 – Mar 11, 2018

 

91 years

you lived that long but did you realize while on earth

your legacy would live on?

“What is a legacy?

It’s sowing seeds in a garden

you never get to see.”

With your hands you sculpted beauty

Jackie O and Audrey

Tell me

Did you know that first day

When you stepped into the atelier

That the world would remember the way

You gave form

to elegance

You left

Earth

Some call it a mistake

You left

Earth

but you left beauty in your wake.

 

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

Monsta X Beautiful Inspired Outfit

Does anyone else have that one song/video that means so much to you? I mean the one that lowkey makes you teary because it was the start of something that changed your life? …oh, that’s just me, ok cool.

Anyway, I know that was super dramatic but that’s truly how I feel about Monsta X’s Beautiful. I can definitively point to it and say: “that’s what started my obsession with Kpop.”

And of course because I think in terms of fashion, my gears were turning from the gorgeous outfits featured in the MV, live stage, and even the dance practice. Today I chose to focus on this Mnet Comeback Stage.

For this stage they go for a red, black, and gray color palette with silk shirts and blazers. It’s very sultry and luxe which I totally love. Monsta X is one of those groups that can truly rock any concept and I completely dig this one. Although it has a more mature feel than past aesthetics, they still seem confident and comfortable with this concept.

My outfit is inspired most directly by I.M’s look, but instead of a red shirt I chose a pink one which still fits into the “Valentine’s aesthetic”.

All this stuff was already in my closet because honestly, my style is very business-luxe influenced. I also like androdgynous and menswear inspired looks so this was a perfect fit.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos, I basically just did the choreography and had too much fun 😉

Stay fly,

Akilah

Warby Parker Resort 2017

Today Warby Parker releases their Resort 2017 collection and I’m honored to be able to bring it to you in my own way. Warby Parker seeks “to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price”, which is something I can relate to as someone who needs new glasses like clockwork.

I decided to use the glasses as styling inspiration and create a few outfits inspired by these classy frames

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First of all, kudos to Warby Parker for their diversity in this campaign. I’m totally here for this #blackgirlmagic! Anyway, these frames are definitely more than plain black glasses. The sleek shape gives off modern classy vibes that I can’t get enough of. Because of that, I kept this outfit to a basic color palette and chose a skirt and sweater with classic silhouettes, this would be a perfect outfit to wear to a Christmas party or on Christmas Day, if you get out of pajamas that is.

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I love the pattern on these and the gorgeous blush color. For a more casual look, I paired these with a pink sweater, collared tank top, and jeans. I added some brown boots and a silver and pink ring to add some pizzazz.

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Finally, we have these chic sunglasses. The cat eye is adorable and the frame color just says “rich and bougie” all over it. These read very Karl Lagerfield-esque to me. Also the lens tint is to die for and a nice break from the reflective style that’s super popular at the moment. When I saw these I immediately thought of this brown courduroy jacket. I was thinking a warm fall-like color palate, so I chose these rust colored pants. To keep the focus on these amazing shades and the jacket, I paired this outfit with a white top and, again brown boots, throwing in a cream and gold statement necklace.

Since Christmas is coming up, you should definitely check out Warby Parker’s eyeglasses and sunglasses. Who knows, even if you don’t find any gifts, you’ll probably find something to add to your wishlist.

Stay fly

~Akilah

Five Things Friday: MAMA 2017 Red Carpet

Fashion and music have always been deeply connected and it seems to be even more so in Kpop culture. I looked at the coverage from the Mnet Asian Music Awards and wanted to write about my fashion favorites. I’m including the group photo even though I’ll be focusing on my single favorite look (photos from Soompi.com). Also, I’ll denote from which city the look is from because I’m merging Japan and Hong Kong.

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Johnny ~NCT 127 (1st from the left)

(Hong Kong)

Trench coats or trench coat-like blazers seemed to be quite in vogue on the carpet, and Johnny’s polka dot one definitely caught my eye. If you’re an NCTzen then you know that Johnny’s really into fashion with his “Johnny’s Fashion Evaluation” show. And I think this daring look suits him. I like how he kept the rest of the outfit simple and clean to draw attention to the statement jacket.

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Jin ~BTS (3rd from left)

(Hong Kong)

Jin’s outfit was one of the more conservative out of the members. His navy colored double-breasted blazer with black lapels was tailored absolutely perfectly. I like the simple white shirt and flower to complement it too. The shoes, however, are horrible in my opinion. They look like those shoes you have to wear if you work in a restaurant kitchen for safety reasons. But, the tailoring of the suit really makes this look for me, so I guess I’ll over look those hideous shoes.

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Jun ~Seventeen (1st from left)

(Japan)

It takes special skill to pull off a turtleneck on the red carpet. If you’re going to go for it this is how. The long-line pinstripe blazer balances the high neck of the sweater. It was definitely a good choice to go for matching pants too because it keeps the look clean. Overall, this was a welcome refresher from the dark suits.

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Sehun~EXO (1st from right)

(Hong Kong)

Ok, it’s no surprise that Sehun made it onto this list. Aside from being one of EXO’s visuals, he’s an accomplished model boasting runway shows and Vogue covers. EXO slayed this red carpet and they definitely deserved the “Best Asian Style” award. Sehun’s look was classy and a bit avant-garde. A black suit, simple and no fuss, was elevated by this amazing shirt. It has this cool shawl type piece over the right shoulder (his left) and it seems to have an asymmetrical hem. I really need a photo with no blazer to get the full effect of its greatness. But, I can tell, this look is gold.

 

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Jooheon~Monsta X (Center)

(Japan)

Monsta X’s stylist was paying attention. The burgundy shade of the blazer expertly sets off Jooheon’s platinum blonde hair (which is amazing by the way). If that isn’t enough, the blazer is velvet with velvet lapels. Then we have this gorgeous mauve tie, and although it’s not shown in this photo, some black fingerless gloves. This look is my absolute favorite of all the idols I saw and it’s perfect that they placed him in the center.

Let me know what you thought of these looks in the comments, or if I missed your faves let me know!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

Thankful Ramblings + OOTD

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since I’m one of those people who must dress up for Thanksgiving, I thought it’d be in order to do an outfit of the day. But, of course I can’t leave it at that, so here’s 3 things I’m thankful for:

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Doing what I love

I’m so thankful that God has allowed me to do what I enjoy everyday. I’m thankful for supportive parents who encourage me and friends who share in what I enjoy. It’s amazing to live in a time where I can get instructions on any skill and share my thoughts within seconds. I’m thankful for the connectivity and creativity that the internet brings.

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Kpop

I know it might seem like not that big of a deal, but it’s no accident that I discovered Kpop this year, God makes everything happen for a reason 🙂

I’m thankful for the new friends it’s brought me: in real life and over the internet. I’m thankful for the happiness and inspiration it brings me.

I’m thankful for BTS at the AMAs, Monsta X’s First Win, and EXO’s continued success (together). I’m thankful for B.A.P, BigBang, Seventeen, Got7, NCT (all of them), Pentagon, KNK, CNBlue, Taemin, GD, Heize, and all the groups and solo artists I’ve yet to discover!

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Lasting love

This year in October my parents celebrated their 20th anniversary. It’s amazing to me, the love they have for God and each other that’s allowed them to stay together this long. And not just barely together existing in the same space from day to day, but truly loving each other and thriving together.

Today is not only Thanksgiving, it’s my paternal grandparents’ 50th anniversary. Today in 1967, my grandparents began their lives together and their amazing legacy. Almost everyone who was at their wedding has since passed away, but not only are they still alive, they’re still together. I’m so thankful for all the celebrations of lasting love that this year has brought so far.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

What are you thankful for?