Vogue Korea: Nature’s Wonder

Posted on November 18, 2011

Darlings, here’s your pretty for the day. Vogue Korea does their take on Bo Peep and perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s angular and strange, layered and luxe. We’re picturing a romantic comedy, where this stylish, frantic Korean fashion editor somehow winds up working as a shepherdess and finds true love in the arms of a simple country farmer. But that’s just us. Write your own story.

Vogue Korea November 2011 Issue
Editorial: “Nature’s Wonder”
Model: Sera Park
Photographer: Hong Jang Hyun
Stylist: Son Eun Young

[Photo Credit: fashioncopious]

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  • Anonymous

    This is one of the most fun editorials I’ve ever seen. Love the sense of whimsy without it being all **WhImSy**! The muted fall colors, the dusty sages, blues, and browns, are a great throughline.

    • Anonymous

      It is fun! I love the colors and the atmosphere in general. Well done, Vogue Korea! And photographer Hong Jang Hyun and stylist Son Eun Young. A very nice, well put together editorial.

    • Anonymous

      It is fun! I love the colors and the atmosphere in general. Well done, Vogue Korea! And photographer Hong Jang Hyun and stylist Son Eun Young. A very nice, well put together editorial.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd

    Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo

    Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd

    Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo”….

    Sorry, that’s all I can hear!

    • Anonymous

      Hahaaaaaaa! Love.

  • MilaXX

    LOL cute, but for some reason my mind keeps going to Heidi.

    • Anonymous

      Same here.

    • Anonymous

      exactly what I was thinking!

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    WHAT is with her FACE?  Terrible expressions.  The clothes are to die though! 

  • foodycat

    Lovely. And you know what? I think Jessica Biel is wearing Sara Park’s dress. That’s who could wear that putty colour and the geometric neckline.

  • Anonymous

    In the second shot, it appears we’re watching an ankle sprain in action.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a thing without surgery and a cast to follow.  It makes her look like she’s got a left hoof instead of a left foot.  She’s obviously in the act of falling in the third shot, and then two shots down from that she’s fallen again and surprised herself in the act.  The last shot, where she’s been put in traction on a tree by some country doctor, bears this out.

    This is clearly an ad about the perils of improper footwear in a rural setting.   😉

    • http://twitter.com/pocketcarnival Penny Eager

      It’s all totally cute, but yes her ankle in that second shot is totally unfortunate… my ankles are sympathetic.

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s not as bad as it looks at first glance. She’s wearing a green stocking, and the front of her ankle, where the light hits, tends to blend into the grass. The effect is that her ankle is bending out to the side, but I don’t think it is.

        I can’t believe I’m sitting here analyzing this so closely.

    • Anonymous

      I just went back and looked at the photos with your descriptions in mind and cackled out loud. Too funny.

      I like the way the sheep are giving her the side-eye in the second to last shot. They’re thinking, “…be cool, be cool, maybe she won’t notice us…”

      • Anonymous

        She’s giving the same look to the photographer.

      • Anonymous

        I have a bit of experience with sheep, which makes me think they’re actually checking to see if she’s looking at them.  Because if she’s not, they’re going to set her on her behind yet again.  Sheep take great pleasure in butting you in the back of your knees when you’re not looking.  It’s pretty boring in the pasture, they have to get their jollies where they can…

  • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

    GURL! Your eyebrows!! Who did this to you?!?!

    • Anonymous

      Sir Precious Moments perhaps?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    Duckface has invaded Korea. :(

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Duck face, broken ankle, and crazy brows be damned. I like it. Everything looks like Fashion and wearable clothes at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing your mind went to a comedy scenario because her facial expression are hilarious. For some reason, I’m not loving this editorial as much as other Vogue Korea ones you’ve posted. The clothes aren’t doing it for me and the photography isn’t evocative enough.

  • Anonymous

    The setting is beautiful, but what a whole lot of weird emoting that gal is doing. Plus that second shot where she looks like she is seriously breaking her ankle makes me feel queasy.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it’s certainly not dull is it? Some of the expressions crack me up.

  • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

    The facial expressions are off-putting to say the least, but otherwise this is an interesting editorial. But seriously with the mouth… what’s with that?

  • Anonymous

    I happen to love it — even the expressions — but I couldn’t help but be reminded of (God help me) an old episode of “America’s Next Top Model,” when they stuck the girls in New Zealand or something and made them model in similar clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! That’s all I could think about! I was looking for the sheep and Nigel Barker, plus the poses are Totally Tyra.

  • Anonymous

    Strange, pretty, and funny all at the same time. Love the ribbed cable stole/scarf. That would be a very easy knitting pattern to duplicate.

  • Anonymous

    Meh. I’ve never really loved this “throw everything on the model and see what sticks” approach to putting ensembles together. The black and white, vaguely Russian outfit (leaning against a tree) is beautiful, though.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    You know, I don’t always consider ‘quirky’ to be a compliment but it totally is here.  That was delightful!

  • J Dreesen

    bless her, her feet look broken in almost every shot.  H to T!

  • Anonymous

    The first and last are my favorites.  The only thing about this that’s really bugging me is the questioning face, like she keeps sayig “I’m sorry, what was the last part of your order?”

  • Denny Li

    Could I be the only person who thought the model was a man in drag?!

    • Anonymous

      Nope, I thought the same.  Very androgynous.

    • Anonymous

      no. but not in all the photos. & i thought the first one was a very specific man in drag.

      edite to add: i think a lot of the reason is those eyebrows.

  • Anonymous

    The clothes, landscapes, lighting, all gorgeous. The model, less so. It’s not just the hyper-awkward expressions. It’s the body language too. I can maybe see where humor was the goal, but I’m just not feeling it.

  • Lauren Maier

    I want to be a shepherdess now, but only if I get to wear those clothes.  Third up from the bottom – I think I’d claw someone for that green (tweed?!?) jacket.  

  • Anonymous

    Ugh… they should have picked an idol, her expression was annoying me by the third shot and making me want to scream by the end.  Other than that, basically exactly what I expect from Vogue Korea.  : )

  • Anonymous

    So nice. Not insane, not the same old thing. I need to look at more international fashion.

  • Martha Anderson

    OK I am puzzled here

    I dont follow models

    is this a man or a woman?

    love the wool fabrics and what appears to be Loden and the knits.  Love paddock boots

    the fur fake or otherwise, not so much

  • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

    Firstly, I LOVE that model’s hair. Secondly, this whole editorial is gorgeous, and she looks like she’s having fun with it.  

  • up with pod people

    I love that she actually looks dressed enough to be warm in autumn.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous and strange. That is definitely a man, by the way.

    When I first lived in Japan in the early ’90s, some of the more fashionable young men wore long, gown-like skirts. (Not just the hipsters in Osaka and Tokyo, either–even some of the students on my college campus rocked the look. Boys have been wearing make-up in Japan for decades, too. Clinique Counter would love it there.) It was all rather bold and androgynous. Definitely head-turning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=807116037 Kajsa Andreasson

      Your post made me dying for more stories about your time in Japan!

      • Anonymous

        Kajsa, I loved it, and continue to think of it as my second homeland. Please go some time if you haven’t already been. Ordinary people wear the most extraordinary clothing there. For example, the Lady Gaga/Minaj dresses with the stuffed animals–they were doing that in Japan 20 years ago. And the Kimono are to die for. So glamorous and ancient/futuristic at the same time. I don’t know how the Japanese pull that aesthetic off, but they do it better than anyone else, in my opinion. (Maybe because they invented it?)

  • Anonymous

    I see one repetitive (dopey) facial expression. Nice shoot, ruined by the model.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DDBWDEQZA3OUS4S6MEMDEKWQ4 chhivt

      The dopey-reluctant facial expression ruins the editorial, even if the editorial was going in that direction.  

      Here’s my story TLo.  Charlie Chaplin was reincarnated as a Korean girl who was adopted by an American couple.  Years later, after receiving an overwhelming amount of compliments of her natural-model-body she instates her gay best friend, an up and coming photographer/fashionista, to do a mock-up editorial of city slicker girl who ends up on a farm due to parent’s financial woes.  It was conferred that her clothes includes wearing a heavy knit sweater as a skirt and that each picture would showcase the reluctant situation she’s in.  All this for her to try out on America’s Next Top Model.  

  • Anonymous

    I like the photography and the model is so oddly compelling. Really liked it.

  • Anonymous

    This is Korea’s original version of Bo Peep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hSceY0sT8Q

  • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

    Is this woman a giant, or is that an illusion?

  • Anonymous

    this is gorgeous but, so help me, when i first saw the thumbnail i thought it was choi seung hyun [t o p]. obviously it isnt & she doesnt look like him in the other pictures but the first one, on the front page…..

    & yep, i do feel sorry for her in the second picture. i hope she’s doing that on purpose. i broke my ankle in a very similar way while wearing & directly due to a not that dissimilar pair of platforms a little more than a decade ago. it was not pleasant.

  • Anonymous

    you couldn’t heard sheep in ANY of those clothes….They’re all fairly useless.
    The nostalgia is, at best, depression era. Who wants to remember the Great Depression as a fashion landmark?
    Seriously though, these pieces of clothing look like curtains out of some knock-off designer condo.
    Didn’t Carol Burnett already do that?

  • Anonymous

    Snow White and Seven Sheep

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, no. Don’t like her facial expressions, don’t like the skins & furs, and for the most part (to borrow a line from Nina) “It’s not aesthetically pleasing!”

  • Ebony Dawkins

    Korea’s on the rise!

  • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

    She looks like she just finished taking a dump in the 5th picture! I love everything but those dopey expressions though.

  • Anonymous

    It’s such an odd, compelling editorial. I like the colors and the way the landscape is utilized. Some of the clothes are beautiful and I’m fascinated by the unique layering. But it makes me unsettled at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    I DIE. These clothes are in all my favorite colors, and I love the strong brow in the makeup–this is “strong brow” done right, not studenty. I also love the way the volume and folds of a lot of the clothes make a clear connection to traditional Korean dress.

    Off topic: Are you guys watching Grimm? And if so, would you consider blogging it? Just, uh, just curious.

  • Anonymous

    i have a few questions.
    photo #4   why do you need a broom to herd sheep?#7   is that a whip in her hand?  is she abusing those sheep?#9   what is she standing on?  it looks like a dead animal.  what’s the shovel for?#10   is she trying to hang herself?  if so, it appears that she needs an instruction manual.

    i need more data before i write my short story.

    • Anonymous

      Ha. I thought the shovel was a hockey stick.  Imagine how confusing that would be. 

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I really enjoy this–it IS my pretty for the weekend. The most striking thing to me is not the model’s expression but the model’s androgyny. Perhaps because of the dopey expression, but aided by the drapey clothes, the boots, and the almost parodic poses, I get the vibe of a teenage boy in drag. Which I don’t mind at all.

  • http://twitter.com/Bookmanfilm Mike dobbins

    am sorry, but that model has ONE LOOK, ONE LOOK!! I feel like i’ve been taking crazy pills!

    • Melvis Velour

      I was just thinking the same thing!  Though, you gotta give the photographer and stylist a shoutout for a beautifully done shoot

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Love it, really want a long pleated skirt like that white one. Haven’t been able to find one for a reasonable price though. Sad face.

  • Anonymous

    Expression in Photo # 3 is brightening my whole day.  Hilarious. 

  • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Too weird for me, especially the marionette pose at the end.

  • margaret meyers

    Hats are coming back?

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

    Meh.  I’m just not feeling it.  Flouncing around in my Comme Des Garcon skirt, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to see more of this model… such a face! did you notice she’s got no to very little make up on her eyes and they look so…expressive?! it’s rare on the Asian face… is she Asian?! and besides ducking and puckering, that obviously the requirement of the photographer/stylist, probably getting the whole concept of naive and innocent look, her mouth is stunning. Love hair too.

  • Anonymous

    why did that hump back elbowy pose become THE pose for high fashion any way?

  • Anonymous

    gratuitous spread leg shot….(even in Korea)

    wtf shot in the final frame…..”ok it’s a wrap”

    • Anonymous

      Maybe if she were tilted forward, knees apart with elbows akimbo, it would look kinda macho.  But leaning back, spreading her legs on (suggestion of) a haystack!  Yikes!

  • Anonymous

    It sort of has an Urban Outfitters catalog feel, esp the photo with 2 purses.  Layer on a bunch of stuff to show what we’ve got to sell.  There are some beautiful pieces in there though.  Model is gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      Urban Outfitters would have a conniption fit if there was  a chain link fence in the foreground  if one of their ads.

  • Anonymous

    LOVEIT. I so want to be there i. Dragging  my gowns and furs and woolens through the field strewn with sheep shit.  I love the model too. 

  • Anonymous

    Interesting. Maybe a Korean take on ‘Green Acres”? Except she followed a boyfriend to the country and quickly decided she preferred the sheep.

    I must confess I enjoyed this mostly because in many of these shots the model looks just like what I like my young men to look like – at least, I did back in the day when young men were age-appropriate for me. 

    And yeah. Shoes. Ankle issues guaranteed.

  • Christine Innes


  • Anonymous

    Love the whimsy and the color, but the model has only one expression, which is “who just goosed me!”  It was cute the first time, but after the 3rd it gets old.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Looking back at this because I noticed a lot of commenters in the recently trending (for some bizarre algorithmic reason) “Orient Express” editorial mentioning this as a counterpoint about appropriation. Hah.

    Still as pretty as I remember, still in no way comparable to the stereotyping and cartoonish cultural references of the other. It also reminds me of a contemporary Japanese street style called “mori girl” (or more literally, “forest girl”) so that’s very interesting to me too.

    God I love Vogue Korea.