I did a lot of people watching on my Seoul trip. I spent a lot of time sitting in the palace gardens watching the visitors, local and foreign, and I took a very long subway ride which gave me a good chance to observe the locals. 2 prevalent trends jumped out at me quite quickly.
First, the hair. The latest hairstyle in Korea now is all about thick straight cut bangs or fringe, dropping down to curly, wavy layered hair on the sides. The most common was that of long hair. The hair was curled and waved from about midway down to the end resulting in lots of bouncy volume but the fringe was by contrast starkly thick and cut straight across. On girls with shorter hair, the hair was kept a bob, with the same heavy straight cut fringe, but the rest of the hair was curly and had lots of volume so they puffed out quite prettily. In the subway, out of 10 women, at least 8 had this hair style. And this was true of all facial shapes. Its no wonder when I last went for a haircut here, my Korean stylist asked if I was daring enough to go for a straight fringe. I wasn’t, but now I wonder if I might without looking like Moonface 🙂
the other trend I picked up on was the long blazer. It was not terribly cold anymore when I was there with the temperature hovering around 18°C most afternoons. So most of the ladies and young girls were in light blazers and the common trend, even in the stores, was that of the long blazer with narrow lapels and skimming the butt. It reminded me of blazers in the 80’s but more fitted and sans those Amazonian shoulder pads. But it looked good! And it got me wanting one, which I managed to pick up here at Uniqlo! 😀
To answer many questions, I did not buy any clothes, shoes or accessores in Korea (barring some winter jackets). Nothing jumped out at me. The only one that did was a lovely silk blouse somewhere in Dongdaemun market, but the lady wouldn’t drop her price enough so I passed.
Uniqlo opened its 2nd store at KLCC on Friday (how many of you went early enough to queue for the tote bag and freebies? 😀 ) and that was where I picked up my blazer – an interesting dark grey with a material that felt like jersey (or T-shirt material). It looked quite nondescript on the hanger, but it looks a lot better on.
The one I tried on in the photo was just a little too big so when I decided to buy it, I sized down. I also picked up that shirt dress which again, looked nondescript on the hanger (boring in fact) but which suited me to a T when I put it on 🙂
The launch of Uniqlo KLCC was a big affair. To showcase the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, they had some local personalities walk the catwalk instead of the usual models. The crowd loved it!
I particularly liked the jacket worn by Angie Ng and I trawled the KLCC store to find it, but to no avail. Turns out that the Uniqlo store at KLCC, although large is very much smaller than its 3 storey store at Fahrenheit 88. The selection of clothes for men and women were quite well balanced (usually men get the short end of the straw don’t they?) but it was lacking the women’s lingerie department and the more formal clothing. I’d say that the KLCC store is more focused on the casuals – loads of jeans and T-shirts abound while the Fahrenheit 88 store is more well rounded.
If I really planned to shop at Uniqlo, I’d still head down to Fahrenheit 88. But if I were in KLCC and wanted to see if there were good deals to be had (I picked up a pair of jeans for RM49.90 on sale! Whee!) its a convenient place to pop by for decent casuals 🙂
Did you go for the opening of the Uniqlo KLCC store? It was a Friday so I’m not sure how many people could have made it to get the free tote bag. I don’t think it would be as crazy as the opening of the first store, but who knows eh? If you did go, or were in the area do share your thoughts! 😀
Uniqlo KLCC is at Center Concourse of Suria KLCC (opposite Cold Storage)