Vogue Korea: Queen of Snow

Posted on January 13, 2012

Because our morning commute from our bed to our desks takes about 15 seconds and therefore we haven’t had to deal with bleary-eyed early morning journeys through shitty weather in quite some time, we’re the irritating types who can look out the window in January, scowl at the mild weather on display, and whine, “When is it going to SNOW?”

Which is why this fantasy Sherpa/eskimo editorial from Vogue Korea is exactly what we want right now. See, when we say “When is it going to SNOW?” it’s because we always hold out hope that this time, it’ll look just like a Vogue editorial. We’re like that about a lot of things, actually.

Enjoy your daily dose of pretty, darlings.

Vogue Korea January 2012 Issue
Editorial: “Queen Of Snow”
Photographer: Hong Jang Hyun
Stylist: Jiah Yi
Models: Han Hye Jin, Song Kyung Ah, and Jang Yoon Ju

[Photo Credit: Hong Jan Hyun for style.co.kr]

    • Anonymous

      My first thought was “Heading to Korea via Mongolia.”  

      I want the space invaders socks in the last photo.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I thought that, too.  Then again, Vogue USA doesn’t exactly feature checked gingham and baseball caps.

      • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

        Space Invaders it is not.

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      I love a piping hot dish of frozen fashion.

    • Judy_J

      Beautiful!  Love the headdresses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

      FABULOUS! These Koreans may make cheap gadgets, but they are so fashionable!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JK6YIN6HE3GFHI2EI76LD5KUT4 David

        The Koreans haven’t made cheap gadgets for decades.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

          Oh yes. All of their Samsung stuff are so cheap.

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      Beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      It looks like an Americas Next Top Model challenge

      • Hayden Howland

        I thought the exact same thing!

      • http://skshim.tumblr.com SKS

        Interestingly, Jang Yoon-ju (the model on the left in the second picture) is the host of Korea’s Next Top Model.  Make of that what you will….

    • Anonymous

      The pic with an actual dangling animal head makes me sad.

    • Anonymous

      It’s been a long day and perhaps I need a different pretty. All I can see is lots of dead animals and some ladies who might need orthodontia.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        THIS. And clothes that made 90lb models look fat.

      • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

        Best post…thank you.  It’s not you.  Or else, it’s just me too.  (good laugh….)

      • Sara Feltner

        Yes! Fur makes me sad anyway, but the layering reminds me of the homeless guys I see on the way to work in the morning.

    • foodycat

      I love it! They took a bunch of really ugly clothes, put it on beautiful women and made something spectacular. Pretty much the reverse of most red carpet scenarios.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      these models must have been SO EXCITED when they saw the footwear for the shoot was comfortable flat warm boots.

      • Anonymous

        Unless, of course they were shooting in hot, humid summer weather  (I don’t know about Korea’s climate, I admit).

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

          true statement.  isn’t the rule of thumb in fashion also that you do bathing suits in the winter and winter clothes in the summer also?

        • Call me Bee

          I believe Korea’s climate is fairly temperate–much like the Northeast or the Midwest.  They have cold snowy winters and hot summers.  I learned that from watching 10 years of MASH. 

        • Anonymous

          HOT, humid, wet summers (high 90s), and COLD, frigid, impossible winters (20 below).  Lived there for almost a year.  I wish I had some of those warm coats. 

    • Anonymous

      This is the way I like to see snow.  Very pretty and very far away. Naw, not really, I  live with winter winds and I’d prefer snow anytime to our chinook (and not chinook, which means cc-oooo-lllll-d north winds) winds.

    • Sara__B

      If you dressed me like that I’d look like a two ton abominable snowman, but these ladies look amazing. It’s interesting to see modern
      pieces used to develop faux-primitive looks.

      • http://twitter.com/theickfactor Andre Poernomo

        My thoughts exactly! These pieces are probably some of the most expensive items from the biggest labels, but they managed to tie them all together and make the models look like the girls from the mountains of Tibet. Kudos to the stylist!

    • Anonymous

      Vogue Korea always has the most stunning editorials.

      • Anonymous

        I  agree. The styling is so creative.

      • Melvis Velour

        They leave the rest of Voguedom in the kimchi…

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous pictures, but it looks like a Smörgåsbord of fabrics.

      • Anonymous

        Good work on the Swedish vowels! Usually no one bothers, or if they do, they get them totally wrong.

    • Anonymous

      Korea gets this and we get Meryl Streep on a pile of rocks.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno.  This is when I realize maybe I don’t know that much about fashion, or have low-brow expectations, but I’m not completely sure what these clothes even look like.  Maybe I just need editorials that look like the Sears catalog.

      • Anonymous

        No, it’s not you.  My first thought was “Where are there clothes?”  It looks like they piled a bunch of furry shit on the models and called it a day.

    • Joyce VG

      So beautiful…

    • Anonymous

      Having spent the day dogwalking in the frigid cold, ooh, did I need those clothes.  I don’t think I’ll ever be warm again!

    • Anonymous

      this shit is fierce!

    • Anonymous

      I lust for one of those hats.

    • Anonymous

      Are these clothes by Korean designers?

    • Anonymous

      Wonderful. I am now rushing to turn off the heat and put on (even ) more clothes.

    • Rebecca Johnson

      Ooog, I’m going to pass on this one. Inuits utilized fur and animal skins to protect against the cold and because there were no plants in their environment that could be made into textiles. Something about this sticks in my craw.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

      It’s all about layering, kids! Layering tons and tons of pretty!

    • R. L.

      I’m not into this at all.  It doesn’t look like it is about clothes at all.It is a little too Eskimo-like. 

    • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

      Love this! It’s gorgeous and really cool how they used modern pieces to evoke older (much older!) styles.

      And although  I’m sure I’ll be flamed for this – I love the look of fur. I love the plushness, the wild look, it’s softness. Aesthetically, I respond to it. I have a thing for plushy textures – boucle, cashmere, velvet, etc. Fur evokes that same response for me, most of the time.

      • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

        I like fur too. I don’t hate the wearing of it just because it’s expected that I ought to do so. (also omg I love cashmere. I can never own enough of it)

        • Anonymous

          cashmere makes me itch, unfortunately.  i love stroking it.

          • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

            I am so lucky it doesn’t make me itch because almost every other similar product does. 

        • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

          I have issues with the industry, which is why I refuse to buy, but that doesn’t make me hate fur itself. I’d love to find an ethical fur, where the animals are treated humanely (and preferably animals which are used for food, like rabbits).

          People don’t act like this over a post on leather shoes. No one goes on about only seeing dead cows when they look at a pair of Manolos.

          • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

            That’s what bothers me the most. I can’t help but think it’s largely because we consider fur animals cute, while chickens and cows aren’t as good at engaging our sympathies. I understand there are some differences in that sometimes fur animals do not also get used for meat and thereby part of their bodies is wasted (which would be ideal to me, if everything was used) but I can’t stomach it when the same people who are buying supermarket chicken are hand wringing over people wearing fur. This is pretty fascinating: 
            http://www.originassured.com/ I just found it by Googling and haven’t delved into it very deep yet, but seems promising. Also, when the fur is wild I think people don’t understand that some of those animals are considered nuisance populations and it is at times better for the ecosystem to remove the surplus. I’d rather those animals were used in some way than just discarded to rot. 

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        Funny, when I look at fur, all I see are the skins of creatures who were murdered by anal and genital electrocution. So on top of getting killed for no good reason what-so-ever, they were sexually violated first.  

        But personally, I think if you don’t kill it yourself, you shouldn’t be allowed to wear or eat it.

    • Anonymous

      Jeez – how many animals died for this editorial???/ It amazes me that in 2012, we still feel the need to wear the skin of dead animals on our bodies and think it is attractive. Yeech.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        What’s extra funny is that they used obviously fake plastic fish and a fake owl that looks like a puppet… amidst all the obviously real dead foxes etc.

    • MilaXX

      I don’t care how pretty it is, unless I am on a ski vacation this is the only way I want to see snow.

    • Anonymous

      I love the giant furry hats! They really make the shoot for me….

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

      This is a lovely but strange set of images. To my mind it evokes too vividly studio-based ethnographic images of the late 19th c (lots of these from Japan, showing for example real palanquin bearers posing with a palanquin, or a real, heavily tattooed mailman, in this type of small space decorated to evoke the appropriate landscape). I can’t look at these pictures and see fashion or wearable items at all. I just automatically assume that the furs smell high and the owners have been wearing them continually for weeks. Those boots look exactly right for hunting with an owl.

    • Anonymous

      Mommy I’m scared!

    • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

      I think I’m starting to like the Asian editorials way more than the Western ones.  They just seem much more beautiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468295759 Connie B. Verzak

      If by “pretty” you mean “homeless bag lady”, sure.

    • Anonymous

      overbites are all the rage in Vietnam I suppose?

    • Anonymous

      Fish.

    • Anonymous

      Gallianoesque……minus the genius factor.  

      I would have preferred the actual animals

    • Anonymous

      These all seem strangely disconnected to me. As for wearable garments – there are some pretty scarves but most of this looks like someone just piled everything they could find on the models.

    • Anonymous

      So Korean trapper-women carry their inventory on their heads?

    • Anonymous

      I love the look of this editorial.  But were there any clothes under there?

    • Anonymous

      Love , Love , Love it…… but then I’m one of those who frequent SCA.

    • Call me Bee

      This is gorgeous!  Makes me want to eschew all my jeans and survive the winter wearing thick wool stockings and skirts, furry boots and fur vests.   

      • Call me Bee

        Oh–and fish hanging from my belt. 

    • Anonymous

      You can find very nice pieces in there, but you really have to look.

      Talk about layering.

    • Anonymous

      beautiful photos.  i love the model in the seventh picture, she has a face like a china doll.  i’m just like you, TLo, whining about the total lack of snow here.  the last two winters have been exceptionally long  and with heavy snowfall.  last year our snow plow guy was in the hospital, and we had eight feet of powder in our driveway.  i thought i was going to die in my driveway, trying to reach the house with no snow shoes.  now here it is january, me with my new snowblower but NO SNOW.  like you guys, i work at home so i can mostly admire the scenes outside my windows.

    • Anonymous

      YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

      I’m not saying I want to dress like this. But I want to read a fantasy novel set in these pictures, right now. RIGHT NOW.

    • Anonymous

      Does it snow in Korea?

      I’m in Seattle.  We don’t get much snow, but they said we should get some this week.   I hope not.  We have a lot of hills.

      • Anonymous

        Yes.

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

      Its Korea, I don’t think they would kill animals just to wear them. I’m sure whatever animals that were killed were eaten by someone or some animal. Also, love this. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        It’s South Korea. They can wear fur just because, just like any other first world country. No one ate those foxes. They were raised for fur as foxes are. You can console yourself with wrong ideas about “Korea” if it makes you feel better about liking this, but those foxes did not die a natural death.

      • ninmi

        Haha i love this comment. Shame I see this 1 month later it was posted. It’s such a nice picture you have. Alas, Korea is not a hunter-gatherer society and does not harbor such noble values that you only kill what you need and eat what you kill. And if they are not made in Korea, they surely love the ones imported from Italy.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, these models are absolutely fabulous. We need a dose of this fuckingfantastica goodness over here. I love the first model to the right with her leg propped up like a badass. “Yeah, and what?”

    • Anonymous

      These models are stunning! They actually look like they are alive – which is more than you can say for a lot of models we typically see.

      The clothing makes me want to cozy up with a Hot Scotch (hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps) and a good movie while we have a blizzard.

    • Anonymous

      Who is in charge over at Vogue Korea? They are KILLING it.

    • Anonymous

      Bah. Fur.

    • Anonymous

      What exactly do you like about it? I think it’s weird and would never use “pretty” here as an adjective.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34319176 Bridget Mason Dierks

      In the one where she’s holding the owl (third from the bottom), I feel like I look like that when I’m filling my backyard bird feeders.  Sweat pants tucked into snow boots… 18 layers of coats and scarves, and my husband’s giant gloves.  That said, she looks significantly more glamorous.