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Inevitable

Dudes, it’s like 50% official, isn’t it? All we’re waiting for is a statement from SM and some webbie out there can officially put on TVXQ’s Wikipedia page that their status is “disbanded as of 2010.” DBSK to stop Japanese activities.

I think from the moment Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu sued SM and Yunho and Changmin didn’t, I was expecting them to break up somewhere down the line. DBSK is a group that doesn’t do well with solo activities, and whether or not it’s due to their success that SM has always pushed for them to do more and more and more and more as a group, it really works out for the best because the five of them complement each other well.

They are my only true Kpop fandom but I can honestly say that I expect none of them to do well as solo artists. If they could, SM would’ve pushed for that pre-debut. In a way, it’s kind of a cycle. None of them started out as solo-star material as trainees, so they debuted together, and in working together, they learned to be in sync with each other, and in being in sync with each other, they deviated further and further away from picking up qualities that make a great solo star, ranging from personal traits to technical skills. How many of Junsu’s inner torments are revealed on Japanese variety shows because the other members egg him on? Who’s gonna do that when Junsu goes solo? How has Yunho been able to achieve a lower and lower bass every time they come out with acappella tracks? Who the eff is he going to harmonize with when he’s by himself? Who is Changmin going to snark on? Who’s gonna make Jaejoong dance less like some kind of weirdly drugged bird? Who’s Yoochun gonna rub his crappy preference of wearing flip flops on?

I am expecting people to argue with me already, but if they all went solo, I don’t think their success is going to go beyond having a core group of fans outside of the ones that already liked them from DBSK days. They will never achieve the same level of success as what they’ve achieved as a group together. This is the way Korean pop culture works in Korea. Groups always do better than the solo artists that come out of a group’s disbandment.

I’m sure Yoochun and Jaejoong would do the ballad thing and Changmin might do the light ballad & maybe light dancing thing, and Yunho would maybe perform the same kind of music that Junsu would perform. The only member that is well-rounded enough to breeze through the traditional requirements of Kpop idoldom is Junsu, what with the perfect dancing and singing, but I don’t really see Junsu as having that solo star quality about him, and I love the boy to death. I have never once been impressed by any of their solo performances during Korean or Japanese concerts and none of them have ever wow’ed me with performances by themselves. Together though, they can pretty much blow everything else away.

I’m mad that the five of them didn’t sue together. I’m disappointed in the shitty way that the Korean idol system works. I’m pissed off at the way SM is not trying harder — DBSK is the biggest economic asset they’ve ever had, and could’ve KEPT having. Adjusting their contracts in order to allow the five members to earn more money is not going to be a huge loss compared to the money the group could have continued to earn the company.

Korea’s idol system just needs a bigass rehaul. It shouldn’t be done at the expense of the industry losing one of its best groups.

This is a plead

Dear two dudes who have the lofty and great profession of being YG’s only stylists,

Can we stop styling while tripping on acid? Is it just too hard to stop throwing all the shit you found at the bottom of your draw onto a piece of clothing? I get that it was really cool and refreshing when you first put dolls together into a circle formation and deemed it a “bracelet” and then let CL wear it on stage, but maybe we should stop at one toy-strung-bracelet.

I know that you guys (or one of you guys) went to Central Saint Martins for ~fashun~ and ~design~ but can we stop with this shit? Can we stop trying so hard?

Trite

One thing I really hate about Twitter and the way its importance has been heightened in our media system is that any huge person’s death will bring about the 1) Twitter responses, 2) investigations to said person’s Twitter.

Right now we don’t have any celebrity/stylist/fashion guru’s Twitter hashtag responses to Alexander McQueen’s death yet, but there will probably be an outpour of it as the day goes on. Currently, what we do have is the explosion of micro-investigating of everything Alexander McQueen has ever tweeted about, which really annoys me. Yes, some signs are obvious but maybe it’s not up to us to analyze the feelings of distress that someone else experiences, and then speak on behalf of them about what exactly they were going through?

Same thing that happened to Daul Kim. People think they were the master guru’s and knew exactly and without probable doubt that “Say hi to forever” is the one indication that Daul Kim was going to kill herself and that it was her last letter to the world.

I don’t condemn journalistic investigation, but I think up to a certain point, if you cross that line you’re officially prying, and not really investigating anymore. I hate journalists who make sweeping, grandiose statements after reading five Twitter messages and conclude once and for all that a person was blah blah blah.

But Twitter rant aside, this is a massive loss to the fashion community. May you rest in peace, Alexander McQueen.

A new day, a new SNSD song

SNSD’s concept makes it so hard to like SNSD as a Kpop project, regardless of how the girls are personally. Their concept has never really changed (with the exception of maybe “Genie”); it just adapts itself with each promotional period by tweaking hair, makeup, and accessories.

I think SNSD’s concept planners are a decade behind with the idea of girl groups, because I think that SNSD is the worst in Kpop when it comes to redefining what being a girl group means. People already make fun of SNSD as it is for being the 9 [insert your own derogatory adjective here] beauties, and their management isn’t keen at all about embracing individuality and promoting all of the girl’s potentials. Wearing identical outfits for every performance, with maybe a difference in jean color and shoe color (Gee), wearing the same outfits and same everything (Genie), wearing identical extensions and being fucking cheerleaders (Oh). Music concept-wise, SNSD is the ultimate example of embracing conformity. On the international music scene, girl groups don’t seem to have much cache left, but that doesn’t mean that Korea can’t keep putting them out and doing well with the girl group idea.

My ultimate grudge against SNSD is not against the girls themselves, but the kind of male management that’s behind them, because I am pretty much 100% sure that their images are decided by males, for males, to appeal to men’s wishes. It’s so tired, uncreative, sexist, and the worst is that they all have to act like they’re lapping this shit up by playing up the winking, head tilting, heart-making, nervous shaking. And I’m sure all that wasn’t for my benefit. It disgusts me and makes me disappointed because I want to see stronger girls in play.

I’d rather stick to watching them do dance covers forever if that’s the only thing I’ll get:

Head, meet desk

From Kate Moss, re: the new line of Longchamp bags she designed, specially in reference to the one in this image,

The emerald green pochette, whose color I love, I wanted to be very simple, based on the shape of an envelope. I would wear it with all black or all navy. Because I love to wear dove grey, I wanted a bag in that color to go with my grey jeans.

– “based on the shape of an envelope”

WOW, nobody ever thought of that before.

– “I would wear it with all black or all navy”

Really now. What a fascinating color combination.

– “Because I love…dove grey, I wanted a bag..to go with my grey jeans”

Is this Kate Moss speaking? She of veteran almighty supermodel status, done-every-campaign-for-every-designer-ever? Or is this a 6th grader who discovered that Aeropostale/Abercrombie/American Eagle sold jeans in colors other than blue? And then subsequently needed a matching handbag for an outing with that boy she has a crush on?

Sometimes, it’s no wonder most people think fashionistas are pretentious fucks. Because they will say those things. And then proceed to drop half a grand on that ugly emerald green pochette. Because Kate Moss designed it. For Longchamp.