Simon was lucky enough to get press and backstage passes to Seoul Fashion Week. Here’s a short video of what he saw.

Ok, so this was my first Fashion Show ever. Like, ever. I remember watching a couple episodes of Fashion TV back in Canada when I was bored, and I remember thinking how boring those shows must be. I mean, sure, there is artistic merit in fashion, but whatever it is I don’t understand it. At all. I’d like to listen what the critics would say afterwards, how that dress that totally weirded me out was supposedly revolutionary, so on and so forth. So, even though I got to go to Seoul Fashion Week, I wasn’t really looking forward to it.

But I was wrong. In fact, I was really pleasantly surprised. We’ve both always been amazed at how fashionable Korea is, and we both feel like we’re better dressed now in Korea than we’ve ever been before, because of Korea’s awesome sense of fashion. Seriously! When we first came here we’d just go out in tees and baggy jeans. Korea made us feel…frumpy, not by saying anything directly to us or by giving us stink eye or anything rude. Everyone just is so well dressed here and we felt frumpy in comparison, and so we feel like we gotta try to put in a bit more effort. And so, when I went to the show I didn’t think of how weird all of the pieces were as I would have a few years ago watching Fashion TV. I was thinking about how freaking cool it all was and how much I’d want to be able to pull those looks off. Damn. Wish I could fit in it, though! Korean clothes don’t really fit me, as I’ve mentioned a while ago in our video for Korean Custom Tailors.

Jessica of SNSD, Hara of Kara, and GNA of...GNA, at Seoul Fashion Week

Jessica, G.NA, and Hara at Seoul Fashion Week

Anyhow, I got to see some celebrities there. Unfortunately, I’m not really good at recognizing them. Jessica from SNSD was in the Resurrection show. G.NA was the white haired model in Lie sang bong’s show. Funny story about G.NA: I went back stage and I saw her, and was right beside her, but I never thought of taping her or asking her any questions, because I had no clue who she was. Only after the show I was told that it was G.NA. Damn! She had too much makeup on! How was I supposed to recognize her? But it’s probably for the best. I probably would have said something like “Hey Gona. I mean, G.NA. I, err, made a video about your video and said you were scary. Awkward! So…do you…like stuff?” Yeah, that would have been great!

Even more awkward: backstage when G.NA was giving her interview to the weird guy with the massive green bowtie, I was pulled aside by my translator to do an interview with a girl I don’t know. Supposedly she was in a big Kpop band a while ago: S.E.S. I had no clue who she was, because that was before my time. So she’s standing in front of the camera and looking at me and waiting for me to ask my questions…but I had none. Ahh! I felt bad. Is there a Kpop crash course I can take so I can know the people of the past? Awkward!

I was lucky enough to be able to hang out with Michael Hurt of FeetManSeoul. He’s been doing fashion photography for a long time and knows his stuff. He was in that KBS show on Korean Blogs we were in a while ago. Anyhow, I’ve never done anything along these lines, so he was able to tell me about the etiquette, and he was also kind enough to get things sorted out for me when I had some issues with the registration process. My Korean isn’t up to snuff, and his is. So big thanks to him for helping me out, because without him I wouldn’t have been able to make this video.

Another thing: holy crap was everyone tall there! I mean, I’m 6’4, and I’m used to being a giant in Korea. But at Seoul Fashion Week there were large crowds of people who wanted to see the shows, but these weren’t normal people. They were all, from what I could tell, aspiring models. How could I tell? Because they were all tall and skinny, really fashionably dressed, and really freaking good looking. My guess as to why they were there: maybe they were hoping to get discovered? Or maybe models just love watching fashion shows in their spare time? I don’t know. I just remember thinking “why can’t I see the top of your head” and feeling ill at ease. I like being monstrously tall.

Ok, that’s it for now. I only went for two days: Tuesday and Thursday, and so I couldn’t get all of the shows. Still had to make Music Mondays and WTF Wednesdays! So I missed out on other celebs there. Sorry if you’re disappointed! One more thingL Also, I don’t think G.NA is 5’8. She was reallllllly small from where I was looking. Maybe it was in contrast to all the monster tall models around me. I don’t know. Also, some people have been asking for the music we make in our videos, so here’s the track for this video, if you’re interested. Martina made this one. It’s called, “Seoul Fashion Week.” Creative title, no?

Seoul Fashion Week by simonandmartina

  1. Awesome. It was for real the very first fashion show i really felt inspired by. Korean sense of fashion is really great; I’ve never been interested in it before I got to know about k-pop industry – that’s meaningful, I guess :)

  2. Wow, nice video & music!! )) the ending of the song (at 2.58) sounds really like Fort Minor – Believe me )) is it the song Martina used?? anyway, great outcome ))

  3. Oooh!! love the clothes!^___^ Cool background music martina!  what songs did you use anyways?

  4. haha you really had no clue that was GNA?!.. well actually me too, its hard to tell cause she looks weird.. im not a fan of her but if you really did had an interview with her, you wouldnt need a translator cause she’s actually damn fluent in english

  5. The red ribbon kinda animation at the end there looks like the one from Global.

  6. martina made the music for this vid?!? maaad skillz…..

  7. i thought models were always meant to be at least 175cm but sica is at 162cm XD guess being in the entertainment industry helps ^^ 

  8. wow they all look so angry TT_TT like seriously……..

  9. Eugene was from S.E.S too. I didn’t know who S.E.S was until Big Bang did a S.E.S I Love You performance at their first concert and live on radio (being adorable). SNSD also sang I Love You by S.E.S live on radio which you’d find on youtube if you’ve not seen it yet. They’re pretty old.

  10. the music is so amazing!! martina should do more music and make an album. seriously :) it totally suits the video.

  11. Which SES member did you see?

  12. How awesome!! :D Too bad you missed the shows that had C.N Blue's Jungshin and Cha Seungwon (from Athena) :C But actually I think South Koreans are the tallest of Asia? Some are as tall as westerners even though the ratio between tall and short/normal is different :D Thanks for showing a different but essential side of Korea. Did you guys see Korean Runway? CL was guest on one episode with Jeremy Scott. :)

    Since you don't know that much about the 1st generation idols, how about making a video series telling about them? I see them an variety shows all the time but I don't know anything about them as well. It'd be really useful! :) Just introducing the big names, few hit songs and their funny fashion (have you seen their skiing clothes / noodle hair ? xD) I know it's a lot of work but if you can turn into full time bloggers, would it be possible? *spudgy eyes*

  13. loved the video… do you use final cut pro to do your post prod work? how long does it usually take you to edit a standard music monday or wednesday episode?

    • Thanks! Yes, we use FCP for post prod. As for editing times, it varies. Music Mondays take eight hours or so, while WTFs take maybe four. Mondays take longer because there's a lot of junk between the scenes that takes a while to cut out, and superimposing the video clips in the corner, at the right time, takes long to render. Bah! WTFs are easier, because we're just off the cuff, and there's a lot less to cut out, and nothing to superimpose.

      This video, though, was relatively easy, only a few hours, because I knew while filming it what I wanted to do. Yeah!

  14. Jessica is so pretty Simon u r so lucky……. >.< I always wanted to meet jessica and hara… T___T

  15. Awsome video! Simon you're so lucky.

    The best part of the article :"Hey Gona. I mean, G.NA. I, err, made a video about your video and said you were scary. Awkward! So…do you…like stuff?” Made me laugh so much just imagining the situation and G.NA's face in reaction. haha

  16. I mean a measly picture and a 2 second video clip is not enough.

  17. I can’t believe you guys didn’t mention anything about Goo Hara! I hate this website forever for false advertising!!!! ARRGHH!!

    I might not report you to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) if you post some more behind the scenes shot with her…might…

    • Ha! That's all I got! She's in the video as well! There wasn't much to say about her: she came to the show, posed a bit, and then sat down. She was swarmed by cameras when she sat down as well, and security pushed everyone away. They pushed me away as well. I got to her too late!

  18. Are you still teaching to high school students or are you full time youtubers/blogers??

  19. the song a the video are absolutely amazing ♥

  20. Cool! I had no clue what he was like. He looked really stressed out before the show. Glad to see that he's fun afterwards :D

  21. Wow! that was a really great perspective of what Korean fashion is like. LOL i did not even recognize G.NA until somebody told me she was in the white. Great song, btw, didnt even think you guys made it, and thought that it came with the show. This was really cool to watch!

  22. Thanks Simon that was a beautiful video and boy, was the music good too!

  23. Thanks for making this video and uploading it!! I really enjoyed watching it!!! I love asian fashion so it was cool to watch :)

  24. I went to Costa Rica a couple years ago and I found that the same thing happened to me, about looking really frumpy compared to other people. Maybe it's a North American thing but it seems that everywhere else in the world they dress generally nicer than us. Maybe its just that we have this "I don't care how I look" attitude and will go anywhere in sweats and a t-shirt. It kind of inspires you to dress nicer all the time.

  25. Awesome video! Considering fashion is not your area of expertise, you did a really great job on this.

  26. i love the song you made.

  27. i'm student, Matina told me you went fasionweek i really wish that.. fasion is related to my dream. i wanna go there, but it has limit about age so i just watched show on internet.. umm.. please understand my uncomlpeted english..

  28. G.NA is definitely not 5"8. she should be around 165-168cm?
    I stood beside her when I went to her showcase in Vancouver and she was only ~2cm taller than me with heel boots on.
    and I'm 170cm

    1st photo does not look like Jessica~ :O

  29. At about 1:03 is actor Jung Gyu Woon. All the shots I have seen of him in that show were overwhelmed by Jessica being there. Glad the vid got a nice shot. And the guy right after him is ChadChad who runs a fashion blog called xoxokids.com. I love Korean fashion, so I try to keep up a little bit.

    I would have loved for you to talk to G.NA since she's from BC. One day!

    Beautifully shot video. I watched it a few times already. Thanks for making it.

  30. is the ending of the song fort minor's believe me? because it sounds really similar to it.

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