Interview with Meredith Markworth-Pollack: The costume designer for Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, Reign

Hello KKD readers!
Today I come with unbelievable, tremendous news-probably one of the best things that has ever happened to this blog so far.

I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interview Meredith Markworth-Pollack (one of my favorite TV/Film costume designers!) one-on-one. She’s an amazing person and one of the best costume designers in the TV/Film scene these days. She worked on Gossip Girl with Eric Daman, and is now putting together the outfits for the TV series Hart of Dixie and Reign. (To see her featured on Entertainment Weekly, click here.)

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So without further ado, here goes! (Konni:K, Meredith Markworth-Pollack:M)

K: What makes a good outfit?                                                                                                                 

M:  I believe confidence makes a good outfit. Anyone can put together a look but to really wear it you have to feel empowered by it.

K: Who should judge fashion, if anyone?                                                                                                    

M: I go by the motto that there are no rules in fashion, therefore I don’t believe any one’s opinion is more significant than others.

K: Is fashion closer to reality or imagination?         

M: The beautiful essence of fashion is that it is both reality and imagination. You can create or wear whatever you choose, but actually making the clothes, actually putting the pieces of an outfit together, that is true reality.

K: What were you like when you were my age(17)?                                                                                          

M: At age 17 I was strongly influenced by the arts and film. I wasn’t as into fashion as I am now but I knew I wanted to work in the film industry in some capacity. I grew up in a fairly small town in Southern California and I knew there was something much bigger for me out there.

K: What’s your personal fashion style?                                                                                                           

M: My personal fashion style is quite eclectic. I think it changes daily depending on where I’m going, what I’m doing, and who I’m surrounding myself around. I definitely have a laid back California vibe at heart but I think the five years I spent in NYC influenced my style in a more structured way. If I had to term my style I would say I’m a Romantic Modernist.

K: Have you ever been to South Korea? Do you have any experiences or anecdotes related to South Korea?                                                                                                                                                  

M: I have been to South Korea and I am actually very much tied to the Korean culture. Both my Brother and my Sister are adopted from Korea and my entire family visited Seoul for a week in 1994. I remember being in awe by the amount of people everywhere, and I think the Korean people were in awe of my long blonde hair! But I would say the biggest way Korean culture is still part of my life is the food. We grew up constantly seeking out Korean restaurants and I still do. I love Korean food.

K: What are the privileges and downsides of being a costume designer?                                                          

M: There are many privileges of being a costume designer… you get to travel, meet interesting producers, directors, actors, and vendors. The research and the inspirations are always fun. And most importantly you get to constantly create. I would say the downsides could sometimes be the long hours you have to put in. And sometimes managing an entire department can be a challenge.

K: These days, many people in the fashion/entertainment/broadcasting industry are branching out to other areas of expertise. Are you only devoted to being a costume designer or do/will you do other things like writing, directing, or acting?                                                                                                                                                        

M: I have always enjoyed all facets of film making. I wrote and directed a short film in 2009 which was quite the adventure. I wouldn’t rule out that someday I would give it another shot. I also am interested in the other possibilities brought on by designing. A Reign line would be amazing.

K: What is it like to work in the costume department? Describe the typical costume department scene -is it really hectic and busy or is everything always organized and ready for the actors/actresses to wear?                                                                                                                                                    

M: I like to call the costume department “organized chaos”. You always try to be one step ahead but there are constant surprises throughout the day and you just have to go with it. Zippers break on set, actors spill on their costumes, fittings get canceled, meetings get pushed. It’s all part of the hustle.

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(image above: Gossip Girl cast. Gossip Girl was one of the most fashionable TV series of all time-no one can deny it!)

K: What was your favorite or most memorable outfit so far from Gossip Girl?                                                  

M: My most memorable look from GG was the yellow Ralph Lauren gown Serena wore in Season1. It was truly stunning.

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(image above: Serena wearing the Ralph Lauren dress, Gossip Girl Season 1.)

K: What was working with Eric Daman like?                                                                                                

M: Eric Daman taught me quite a lot. He has such a keen eye and a great flare for accessorizing.

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(image above: Eric Daman. Costume Designer, fashion model, television personality, author.)

K: In your honest opinion, what was the worst outfit on Hart of Dixie so far? I’m curious about your opinion.                                                                                                                                                

M: I can’t recall the worst outfit on Dixie but I do remember there being some seriously sketchy pirate looks in Planksgiving.

K: Many people try to copy outfits and styles that they see on TV shows. Do you see this as a good thing or a bad thing?                                                                                                                                                   

M: I think being inspired by looks on TV shows is great. You have to remember though that TV shows (usually) have big budgets and can afford to be constantly shopping and bringing in new pieces. That doesn’t mean you have to. You can achieve the same kind of style within your own wardrobe or making new pieces, or even going to the thrift stores to shop. When I was a teenager I would constantly scour the thrift stores and be inspired by vintage pieces.

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(image above: Heart of Dixie poster. Hart of Dixie is another very stylish show. Lemon Breeland(left) and Zoe Hart(right) both have very distinctive styles.)

K: What happens when your opinion on an outfit clashes with the opinion of the actor/actress wearing the outfit? Did this ever happen on Hart of Dixie?                                                                                                       

M: There will always be different opinions- between the writers, producers, directors, actors. You have to take all of it with a grain of salt. I do feel though that if an actor strongly dislikes something to the point it’s going to make them self conscience on camera, that’s not a good thing and I’ll go ahead and change what they’re un-comfortable with.

K: Is it harder to put costumes together for Reign (since it’s not based on a modern background)?                     

M: Now that we’ve established our “look” of Reign, it’s no harder putting together looks than on a contemporary show. The only difference is you can’t run to the mall to find what you’re looking for. You have to make it!

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(image above: Mary Stuart from Reign wearing a stunning outfit complemented by bright red flowers and beautifully braided hair.)

K: To wrap up, any advice for people like me who want to follow in your footsteps? : )                                     

M: My advice for people looking to get into the costuming world would be to go to school and get a part time job that somehow relates to the industry. Even if that means working at your local theater or helping out in a fabric shop. All those experiences will educate you in the end. And you don’t have to go to fashion school- I didn’t. I studied film and learnt about costuming on the field so to speak.

Aaaand that’s a wrap!

I’d like to give a huge Thank You to Ms. Markworth-Pollack for doing this interview, and another huge Thank You to Matchbook Company for connecting me to Ms. Markworth-Pollack for this interview. Thank You! : D

Did you enjoy this interview? Comment below and tell me what you thought. You can leave interview requests, and I’ll try my best to set up an interview with the person you requested.

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Image credits:

Matchbook Company, gossipgirl.wikia.com, serenavanderwoodsenstyle.blogspot.com, nymag.com

Costume Designers! (and new interviews coming up soon)

Since you guys sent me requests for me to interview costume designers, I’ve actually been contacting some of them and asking if I could interview them.

We’ve actually got interview posts coming up with:
*Meredith Markworth-Pollack (Costume Designer- worked/working on Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, Reign)
*Heather Shisler (Actress- Gossip Girl, Taught to Hate, Something About Ryan, How to Rock a First Date)
*Jennifer Dalton (Artist)

so it’s okay to keep your hopes up! : ) I have sent some very creative questions…

So, anyways, back to the point-I’ve been setting up online interviews with several people, and I realized that most of them were costume designers. Most times, when people watch a TV series(in my case, Gossip Girl, 90210, and currently Pretty Little Liars!) or a movie(my fav-Titanic.), it’s not easy for them to notice the details of how a certain character is dressed, what accessories they’re wearing, or how their shoes totally complement their outfits. Most of us are too immersed in the actual events in the movie, like- what’s flying across the screen, who’s dying, OMG he betrayed her, etc etc.

But we’re honestly missing out on a lot. Fashion doesn’t only exist on runways. In fact, costume designs in films or on TV series are actually one of the best epitomes of detailed, elaborate, unique outfits on display.

For example, Trish Summerville created the look for Katniss Everdeen on Catching Fire. She’s also worked with celebs like Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Justin Timberlake on their music videos.

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Indonesian designer Tex Saverio designed the dress. It’s decorated with Swarovski crystals and weighs about 25 pounds.

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Notice how she portrayed Katniss in the scene above-formal and proper, yet not too plain. I personally love the blue&black fur.

And Meredith Markworth-Pollack has designed/is designing the looks for Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, and Reign. (Some of the best TV series EVER.) I’ve sent her some interview questions, and she’s going to reply soon with her answers!! I’m so excited.. Stay in tune, folks. The interview post with Ms. Markworth-Pollack shall be uploaded soon.

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(image above: Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl look amazing with their colorful yet classy outfits. Just perfect for scheming and walking around the Upper East Side.)

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(image above: Zoe Hart from Hart of Dixie, looking bright and merry with her dotted shirt and cute yellow purse.)

I’m also a fan of Michael Wilkinson, who has designed costumes for famous movies such as 300(by Zack Snyder), Tron Legacy(loved it!), Man of Steel, Breaking Dawn Part II(Yes, I mean the Twilight Saga.) etc. I’ve sent him an email asking him if he could do an interview for us! (fingers crossed…)

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(image above: Tron Legacy!! The futuristic look is beautiful and so detailed.)

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(image above: from 300. Mr. Wilkinson really succeeded in showing us an army of raging Spartans with their dramatic capes and fierce-looking gold arm-cuffs.)

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(image above: Man of Steel! The costume is different from the original fabric Superman costume that we’re all accustomed to, making it more special, modern, and unique.)

Aaand last but not least, let me introduce Kurt and Bart! They’re a duo, and they’re amazing x2! They’ve put together the outfits for the music videos for ”Slave 4 You,” ”Toxic,” and ”Me Against the Music” by Britney Spears, and have also worked on movies like Step-Up 3D, Howl, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

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(image above: from Me Against the Music by Britney, featuring Madonna. This is one of my favorite outfits of all time from a music video. It’s unique yet so stylish!)

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(image above: from Step Up 3D. Bold, fierce dancing outfits. I love how the outfits blend in with the orange-red, wet floor and the background with loads of people gathered together. )

To see more famous costume designers, click here.

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P.S. If you have someone you want me to interview, then go ahead and TELL ME! : D Leave a comment below or send me an email with any (and I mean ANY) post requests or suggestions that you want me to do at: konnikim@gmail.com

I read and reply to every single one of your messages.

Image credits:

www.fanpop.com, news.instyle.com, www.nytimes.com

A short story about writing, stories, and high school, told by a teenage fashion blogger.

The following excerpt is part of a story I’m writing. If it goes well, I’m hoping to publish it. Please, please, please leave comments below and give me some feedback-any honest thoughts will do, whether it’s praise or criticism or any random thought. Thank you. Do not copy any of the following content on this post without the permission of Konni Kim.

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People don’t usually take me for the outgoing, opinionated type. I don’t think they reckon I have anything that interesting to say. Or maybe it’s because I’m not your typical crowd-pleaser type girl.

So I’m just going to shut up and write silently, while everyone else is beating each other up with their witty remarks and noses held high. I’ll just take them apart, one by one, little by little, word for word, until they realize I’ve been watching the whole time. It will hit them like a wrecking ball one day-that my watchful stare didn’t mean nothing. It meant I was observing, waiting for my time to come. They’ll learn that while they were feeling smug about being users and not ‘the used’, I was laughing along with them, but at something much funnier.

I’m using them all as props for my story. I’ll get paid for publishing. I’ll create the world. They’re merely puppets as far as I’m concerned. In my world, I can send them to Pluto or make them lick my feet. Who says reality has to dominate? What everyone wants is a story, whether it’s real or fake. We watch movies, we read, we tell historical tales. The media exaggerates and lies, and we’re forced to spin stories to tell on our college admission forms.

It’s the high school scene that craves for a story most longingly, in a brutal, unforgiving way. So many little cults with different ideologies, packed into tiny compartments where judgement awaits…

It’s pressure that creates the need for a story. Pressure from all angles-parents, peers, school, teachers… No wonder no one here can sit still for even a moment. Prep schools are the worst. Not any old story will do for the stuck-up cliques of prep school.

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This post(the piece of writing above) is not necessarily based on myself, or my own experiences.

Grunge: Cool or Drool?

When I hear the word ‘grunge’, an image of Kurt Cobain instantly pops up in my head. He’s one of the people that represented the bedraggled grunge scene of the 1990s. He made the originally unpopular, alternative look become the biggest trend of the 90’s. ‘Grunge’ was the thing for music(Nirvana!), fashion, and general style in different fields of art.

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(image above: Kurt Cobain, Nirvana. 1967~1994)

For those of you that don’t know what grunge means- Grunge refers to the messy, raw style of music/fashion/etc(primarily music) that originated in Seattle in the late 1980s to the 1990s. It was different from what people were used to seeing before. It was so antifashion yet became increasingly popular and fashionable. There were always two sides of the grunge scene, the advocates and the critics. (Watch the music video of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit to get a proper idea of what I mean.) In this article/post I’m going to focus on grunge as a fashion style.

I know I don’t usually state a personal opinion about a fashion style so plainly before I elaborate further on the style itself, but I must say now-I think grunge is amazing. It’s such an ironic style, as James Truman, who was the editor-in-chief of Details at the time stated, and that’s what I love about it.

“Punk was antifashion. It made a statement. Grunge is about not making a statement, which is why it’s crazy for it to become a fashion statement.” -James Truman

Grunge makes a statement by not making a statement, and it’s fascinating because the fashion world is one of the only places where something this ironic can be worshiped. This irony proves that fashion is everywhere, in everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you think fashion is shallow/unimportant/for teenage girls/stupid, everyone is making a fashion statement, in one way or another. Unlike other fashion looks, you don’t have to try so hard and decorate your outfit with glamorous, standing-out garments or accessories to be fashionable.  All you have to do is wake up after a hangover, put on whatever old, saggy shirt you can find at the bottom of your closet, get some tattered jeans on, and then go out of your house with bed-hair, and voila! you’re ready to be a grunge fashionista.

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(image above: Photograph by Steven Meisel. Published in Vogue, December 1992. / Image from http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Grunge)- this image being published in a prestigious fashion magazine like Vogue proves that grunge was accepted into the fashion world, although ironically most of the ‘grunge’ clothes featured in magazines would have been 100 times more expensive than the bona fide grunge look was supposed to cost.

I admit that I do love dressing up like a high-fashion top model sometimes, but on days when I’m feeling a little moody or strangely calm(?) I also do enjoy getting my favorite frayed flannel shirt out(alliteration-nailed it!), putting on my baggy old jeans and combat boots, sipping my black coffee while listening to the Nevermind album by Nirvana, with my hair tied it a messy bun at the top of my head.

“Grunge is nothing more than the way we dress when we have no money,” -Jean Paul Gaultier

So.. to wrap up, I surfed around the internet to find the best grunge-styled clothes from easily accessible stores, just for you guys(in case you might bee feelin’ the grunge spirit this season)! Take a look.

KONNI’S PICK-GRUNGE (in no particular order-My personal favorites are: #1, #4)

#1. Grunge Plaid Skinny Pants, Forever 21.  (women)   $22.80 

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http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?Br=F21&Category=bottom&ProductID=2078251130&VariantID=&recid=product_rr-_-00074330-_-78251130-_-173-_-2

K: The moment I saw these I WANTED THEM!! I love plaid, especially on trousers. It makes them look not-too-glam and not-too-plain at the same time. These would look amazing with a black/grey muscle tee.

#2. Flannel Western Shirt, Ralph Lauren (Denim & Supply). (men)     $69.50

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http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=24988186&cp=1760781.2498319&fbn=Brand%7CDenim+%26amp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3B+Supply&fbc=1&pg=2&f=Brand%2F1024533%2F&parentPage=family

K: So since I saw that a lot of males were also reading Konni Kim Designs, I put some men’s clothing in. This is just a basic checked flannel shirt which can be worn with almost anything. I personally LOVE checked shirts because they’re functional, comfy, and stylish at the same time.

#3. Distressed Straight-Fit Jean, Ralph Lauren (Denim & Supply). (men)     $185.00

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http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=28712916&ab=crosssell_3_24988186_28712916

K: These jeans remind me of Kurt Cobain… But you can pull off the grunge look too! Ripped jeans suit everyone perfectly.

#4. Screen Printed Power Washed Tee Dirty Minds, American Apparel. (men&women) $28.00

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http://store.americanapparel.net/screen-printed-power-washed-tee-dirty-minds_2011spdim

K: OMG. I love this shirt. It’s simple yet it makes a bold statement. I would wear this with a leather jacket or maybe some colorful skinny jeans. Women could buy the men’s version and wear it as an oversized tee, to maximize the grunge effect. I’m gonna buy this shirt. I just have to.

#5. Screen Printed Poly-Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt AAH-C. White, American Apparel. (men&women)   $21.00

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http://store.americanapparel.net/screen-printed-poly-cotton-short-sleeve-t-shirt-aah-c-white_bb401spaa

K: This shirt is also plain yet bold. I picked it out because I loved the giant red lip design, which is actually a piece of artwork by the artist Charlie White III. That just made it more special.

#6. Crinkled Dress, H&M. (women)    $24.95

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http://www.hm.com/us/product/22045?article=22045-B

K: For those of you who want to look grunge but are more on the feminine side, you could get this dress! It would look great with combat boots and some leather bracelets.

#8. 1460 Boot, Dr. Martens. (men)   $110.00

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http://www.dmusastore.com/p-4953-1460.aspx

K: I must admit that these are way more expensive than I wish they were. Apparently in the modern world you can’t even do grunge without spending money. : S

#9. Coralie, Dr. Martens. (women)     $140.00

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http://www.dmusastore.com/p-5214-coralie.aspx

K: Again, the price doesn’t exactly fit in with the definition of grunge, but these boots themselves do! Why can’t we pull off grunge without opening our wallets(*winces*)?!

P.S. The printed shirts at American Apparel are all amazing. There are a lot of LGBT shirts, so if you’re in/a supporter of the LGBT community, check out the site! (This is a link for the women’s section.) http://store.americanapparel.net/t-shirts-tanks_cat33194

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Image/Information Credits

http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Grunge

Credits for the clothes I picked out: each website is listed below every picture.

The iMerchandise Fashion APP

Hey readers!

This is a shout-out to all you fashion buyers.

We all know how busy y’all are-taking orders, making orders, arranging clothes, desperately trying to impress your reps… but fear not, for I have found a simple smartphone app that will make your lives a whole lot easier. You no longer have to take care of the whole buying/ordering process-this means you’ll be able to go to fashion shows or showroom appointments stress-free and cramp-free since you wouldn’t need to carry anything with you except your stilettos, purse, and of course, phone.

Ladies and gentlemen…
I present the iMerchandise Fashion app. (It’s FREE)

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A few days ago the iMerchandise team contacted Konni Kim Designs about the new application. Although I’m not a fashion buyer, I’ve looked around and done some research and I can guarantee you that this app is THE HOTTEST THING this season. It’s already been featured on California Apparel News, Lucky Magazine, Iconic! TV Fashion and Entertainment, and more. I’m lucky to have the chance to be the one to spread the word about this app.

So here’s how it works.

You can organize your fashion appointments into different events. For each event, you can save the photos of the products you have your eye on. You can easily organize your clothes on boards, numbering and moving your pictures around freely. You can write notes and email your rep with the new images on your board with just one tap of the finger.

You no longer have to sort out your orders and bills by desperately trying to jot everything down in your notepad and get your paperwork organized by yourself. This app will do it for you. Plus, it’s ultra user-friendly and designed just for your comfort and work efficiency! Go on, get that extra coffee break while iMerchandise deals with all the complicated stuff.

 

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Visit http://www.imerchandiseapp.com/ for more information.

Watch this 1 minute video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1aqXBs9RHg to see what it’s all about!

 

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(image above: the logo for the application.)

 

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Minimalism vs. Maximalism (Say goodbye to minimalism.)

In the fashion industry, there always seems to be a ping-pong match going on, with simplicity-loving, less-is-more minimalists on one side and the neon-orange, color-clashing maximalists on the other. It’s a really interesting game, and it fascinates me every time.

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MINIMALIST FASHION (image above: Yves Saint Laurent, Autumn/Winter 2008)

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MAXIMALIST FASHION (image above: Topshop, current Topshop website.)

The concept itself is pretty straightforward if you think about it. Minimalism manifests the majesty of staying subtle, while maximalism presents the beauty of being bold. (#Alliteration Alert.) Both styles have repeatedly, throughout time, been the best examples of fashion adapting itself to reconcile with the atmosphere of the rest of society(especially the economy).

Minimalism has always showed itself at times of economical struggle. For example, when Lehman Brothers (which was a global financial services firm) declared bankruptcy six years ago(“It’s already been SIX years?!”) in 2008, the fashion industry started to turn its back on the previously in-style trends of bright colors and magnified, striking patterns. The big names like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent all turned to a more held-back, austere look.

However, recently the fashion industry has distinctly been shifting towards maximalism.

Right now, it’s less about practicality and form, but more tilted towards sensual, visually rich designs. My theory is that this phenomenon is occurring in the current fashion world because everything about recent times has been fluctuating and changing, top-speed. Some of the most looked up terms on Google last year(2013) were: the Defense of Marriage Act, twerking, Molly etc. The Defense of Marriage Act being ruled unconstitutional(specifically Unit 3) was definitely a milestone in the history of humanity. It was an important event that marked a change in our perception of marriage and love. Twerking was also an issue, with Miley Cyrus performing her provocative stunts and flaunting her never-seen-before, unique theme in her music videos and live performances. And just take a look at music. 2013’s most watched music video online was Psy’s GENTLEMAN M/V. The most viewed trending video on Youtube was ‘The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)’ by Ylvis. ‘Harlem Shake (Original Army Edition)’ was a runner-up. Current trends in music reflect outgoing bursts of upbeat fun and visually overwhelming scenes. We’re in an era of celebrating loud expression and free, wild styles.

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(image above: Phoebe Philo at the British Fashion Awards, 2010.)

Phoebe Philo, the prestigious designer from Céline, made it clear to the world that minimalism is over (for now. As we’ve seen in the past, no trend is ever REALLY over.) and maximalism is newly on the rise this season at Paris Fashion Week (Spring ’14). It was a shock and quite the controversy to the fashion world, since Ms. Philo had built her career and reputation upon her famous minimalist designs. Even just last Autumn, Céline was sporting minimalist, quiet designs. But the vibrant dresses at the recent Fashion Week were like Starbursts and Skittles mixed together compared to the brand’s previous designs which, in contrast, were like dark chocolate(Bear with me. I’m having fun with my analogies.).

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite pieces from the latest maximalist designs introduced on the runway by Céline.

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(images above: Céline, Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2014.)

Wow. Now if THAT up there doesn’t shout out MAXIMALISM then what does? Even the eyebrows of the models are unique and bold. All the designs are exotic and fun, and there’s so much to look at. Every photograph up there is a full, colorful masterpiece. The colors match but collide at the same time. There’s a burst of pattern all over the place and I don’t know which part of the eccentric outfit to focus on. But that’s what makes maximalism so interesting. It’s so unexpected.

Now that you’ve seen Phoebe Philo’s most recent collection, take a look at what her collection for Céline used to look like in 2012. Notice the contrast? It’s almost shocking that all these designs came from the same designer and the same brand label.

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(image above: Céline, Paris Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2012.)

It’s stunning how the defining, trademark style has changed in a period of about only a year or so. Céline fascinates me because it is a perfect demonstration of the changeability of fashion trends.

As I have showed you, the ‘minimalism and/or maximalism scene’ is always changing and developing, even during short periods of time, and I’m planning on cherishing both sides of the fashion scene-but only to the extent where these trends cannot completely replace my own unique style.

For more good reads on minimalism and maximalism, check out these sites!

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XOXO,

Konni.

Image Credits:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/less-is-more-the-new-minimalism-2236966.html?action=gallery&ino=2   (slideshow)

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/category/trends-that-count-now-262/home?geoip=noredirect

http://rdujour.com/2010/12/14/style-file-phoebe-philo/

http://www.fabsugar.com/Celine-Spring-2014-Runway-Show-Paris-Fashion-Week-31955782#opening-slide

http://eateveryday.blogspot.kr/2012/03/paris-fashion-week-fw-2012-part-i.html

Inner View… #10

This is my interview on an amazing blog called ‘Pouring My Art Out’.
It was so great to be able to do this interview and I had a lot of fun answering the very creative questions.
It’s one of the most entertaining, fun blogs that I’ve ever seen! Go and check it out! : )

P.S. Thank you for supporting me and Konni Kim Designs. Have an awesome day.

Pouring My Art Out

Oh, wow… I just had to post this interview, even though I have posted so much today. I am going to introduce you to a brand new friend of mine. She is 17 years old, and may be the most awesome girl on the planet except for my own kids… I knew nothing about her. She stumbled onto my blog during the Inner View thing and asked to do it.

Just read it… and then we can all go and visit the blog belonging to this astounding young lady: https://konnikim.wordpress.com/konnikim

I hope that link works… I copied from her interview, and it has been emailed back and forth and then moved here…

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, the interview that will blow your minds…

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1. What do you like best about my blog?

I liked the comments!! And your responses to them-so witty! I love the light atmosphere of…

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Why do we fight over clothes? (3 reasons)

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Yesterday night I was scrolling through my personal Facebook newsfeed when I stumbled across a sight that I couldn’t believe. Before my eyes was a photo of my younger sister hanging out in Hongdae(a dynamic, youthful entertainment/arts area in Seoul) with her friends, wearing my Yale University hoodie.

I couldn’t believe she had the cheek to go through my closet and take my clothes without asking my permission first. Doesn’t she know how much I adore my clothes, especially that hoodie? And most importantly, post a photo of herself wearing it on Facebook, where she knows I’ll inevitably see it??

Those of you that are females with female siblings probably know what I’m sayin’ here. (I feel you.) On the other hand, the other 70% of you out there are reading this thinking ‘sensitive much?’.

This post is dedicated to the other 70%. Plus anyone else who is wondering why women overreact over clothes.

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FYI, the image above is a real-life situation that occurred at an Alexander Wang event a few months ago. The designer let some fans take away free clothing at the special event in NYC. Fashionistas were going crazy and barbaric to get clothes. To check out the video, click here.

I’ll keep this very straightforward and crystal-clear. There are several reasons why we fight over clothes(not only based on clothing-buying situations but in various possible situations).

#1. Because we give it sentimental value. We associate it with a certain memory in the past. This applies to my Yale hoodie example above. I got the hoodie on my first trip to the US about a year ago. That week in the US -exploring Times Square with my closest friends, learning debate in Yale University, sharing secrets in the hotel room… It was the best time of my entire life so far. And the hoodie, being a part of it, means a lot to me. I don’t even wear it out often in case I might ruin it(which I often do do to my other clothes).

#2. Because clothes identify us. Imagine what would happen if Jack Sparrow never found his triangular-shaped hat. The hat appears in every movie, in almost every single scene with Jack Sparrow in it, because it defines his character. Imagine what would happen on the day that Lady Gaga starts dressing in plain, grey, formal business attire with glasses, no makeup, and her hair pulled back into a ponytail (I wonder if I’ll ever live to see that day). Likewise, us non-pirates and non-celebrities also try or don’t try to express our inner selves through our clothing(if you don’t, that’s also a way of making a statement that you don’t care). And if you take or destroy our clothing, you’re indirectly damaging a part of our self-identity. That’s why I get mad at you for taking my clothes, sis.

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(images above: Jack Sparrow, Lady Gaga wearing her controversial ‘meat dress’ made of real meat at the VMAs.)

#3. Because clothes are worth a lot in the current era of humanity. The fashion industry is seeping into social media, magazines, books, education, art, and so much more. As more and more people accentuate fashion and clothes, and as society increasingly appreciates clothes as pieces of art and culture, clothes are worth so much more than before, both money/economy-wise and social-perception-wise. It’s only natural for us to accept this and shout bad words at you when you accidentally rip that new Hermes dress that I just spent $3,000 on.

Comment, like, and follow!

Xoxo, K.

Image credits to:

http://polysyllabicprofundities.com/2012/12/16/tis-the-season-to-be-hey-i-saw-that-first/clothes-fight/

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/watch-frenzy-free-alexander-wang-article-1.1415848

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/lady-gaga-meant-no-disrespect-by-wearing-a-meat-dress-at-the-vmas-2010139

Liebster Award Nominations!

Hey there.
The Liebster Award can be given by any blogger to blogs with less than 200 followers! It’s a great way to link the blog community, share the love, and help people find new blogs. From what I’ve heard, it was started by a German blogspot blogger.

Liebster Award

‘Liebster’ is a German word for: sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome.

Building a community is crucial as a blogger, and that’s what blogging is all about-connecting with people. The Liebster Award is a perfect example of it.

So… here are my nominees!
http://jessthetics.wordpress.com/
I love Jessthetics. It’s currently one of my favorite blogs. The posts are so real and honest, and everyone can relate to them. Jess always uploads her blog with fresh, unique new content about DIY, crafts, clothes, cooking etc.

http://thekingdomofbohemia.com/
This blog is AMAZING. Very informative and fun. I would definitely recommend this blog to fashion-lovers. Time flies when you’re reading this blog. Plus, the people that run it seem really nice and friendly : )

Thank you for the inspiration! Keep up the good work! : ) Congratulations ❤

To nominate a blog, upload a post with your nominee(s) blog names and links and inform your nominee(s). You must add the certificate image(above).