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Runway trends from Seoul Fashion Week fall/winter 2019: Drunk dressing, tucked-in blazers and new ways to wear basics

Runway trends from Seoul Fashion Week fall/winter 2019: Drunk dressing, tucked-in blazers and new ways to wear basics

Are we K-Fashion yet?

Text: Ryan Sng


The best streetwear is all about mixing and wearing staple garments in unusual ways, so it makes sense that trends from the runways of Seoul Fashion Week — arguably the most street-inclined of them all — would reflect this spirit of reappropriation. Many designers (Besfxxk, Long Playing Record, YCH and Daily Mirror among them) delivered familiar clothes styled in slightly off-kilter ways, or displaced well-worn design details in a mostly successful bid to surprise their audience. Below, you'll find our roundup of the most interesting trends from the shows at Seoul Fashion Week fall/winter 2019; will you be attempting them anytime soon?

DRUNK DRESSING
This trend fits the textbook definition of a happy accident; appearing as though buttons were fastened the wrong way, it's most novel when used to create a bunched up/draped effect on sleeves.

CRAZY QUILTS
Also spied on the runways of Europe, quilted hems, legwarmers, pockets and even shorts lend an extreme sport/climate vibe to otherwise uncomplicated silhouettes.

HALF-MINDED
To achieve a slightly deshabillé look, just shrug off one side of your outer layers. Fashun > warmth, if you ask us.

NIP AND TUCK
Shoving your blazer into your trousers sounds like the sort of mistake one would make in a hurry to exit the bathroom... The great tailors of ages past must be turning in their graves, but heck, anything to jazz up a plain old suit, right?

SLIVERS OF SKIN
Whether it's through tiny cutouts with contrast bound edges or unzipped sleeves and collars, showing skin has never looked more playful or subtle.

OPEN ARMS
Slits, tulip-style overlaps and a good ol' cold shoulder are just some of the techniques designers used to highlight the sleeve this season. Swing your arms with extra vigour as you walk to show them off, although one should prepare to be very unpopular with fellow pedestrians who cross your path.

HANKY BLANKY
No, this inclination towards blanket shawls is not an invitation to wear your Snuggie outdoors. But in a fabric of good quality and artfully draped across the body (Long Playing Record's take, on closer inspection, turns out to be a hoodie worn as a large scarf)? Go right ahead.

PATCHWORKED PLAIDS
These pieces lend an — artificially — upcycled or deconstructed look, looking as pieced together from different garments as they do.

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