Vogue Korea: Driving Miss Heat

Posted on June 20, 2012

We’re not entirely sure what the title of this editorial is supposed to mean, but it’s not exactly hard to figure out: badass chicks in killer fashion, draping themselves over classic cars. There’s your pretty for the day, darlings. Enjoy.


Editorial titled “Driving Miss Heat” from the latest issue of Vogue Korea featuring looks from Prada, Miu Miu, Dolce&Gabbana and Moschino, among others.



[Photo Credit: style.co.kr]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1551681662 Lauren Summers

    The wigs remind me of Rita Moreno in West Side Story. 

    • Sara__B

       The clothes would look better if the models had a few of Anita’s curves as well.

      • kimmeister

        Especially the bustier tops, which do require, well, a bust.

        • http://zapit.nu/2Am Ruby D. Parks

          True, but hey, Vogue does all sorts of takes on all sorts of styles...DemoforFrank.blogspot.com

      • Isadora Paiva

        When the girls are Korean, I don’t find that as much of a problem as with western models, because most Asians are naturally skinny and tiny, i.e., it’s not a looked achieved by starvation. All healthy bodies should be celebrated.

        I do have to agree that some clothes look better on curvier girls, while others look better on the skinny, and that last (whatever that black thing is supposed to be called) would probably look better on a curvier girl, the model is practically bending backwards in order to create that effect.

        • fungstyle

          i have to beg to differ with that assessment. i don’t think any of these ladies looks particularly unhealthy though they are thin, but i know plenty of curvy korean women. thinness can be as difficult to achieve for a korean woman as for one of european decent. make no mistake, these women work for their bodies. 

          • Isadora Paiva

            Well, I am personally speaking of Korean women living in Korea, not people of Korean descent (the culture and food you eat obviously make a difference, it’s not all genes), and as someone who has lived there, I must say I disagree. Even though it’s not impossible, it is rare for korean women to be really curvy (though that is of course a matter of comparison, for next to some japanese, they can look like J-Lo), and women there were always curious about my boobs (and i’m not even that big, a C-cup). 

          • http://twitter.com/caitlindancing Caitlin Levno-Lamont

             It is rare for Korean women to be curvy because Korean society is obsessed with being thin, underweight even. It is not just those outside of Korea who have to work hard for their thinness, Korean women starve and sweat for it too. Korean women rank amongst the highest for amount of time spent on disciplinary measures. No wonder too, as everyone you meet on the street, at work, and at home will tell you that you are fat if you don’t look extremely thin. (This coming from someone who has lived in Korea for a couple years now. I routinely get told I am fat and need to lose weight, even though I feel very healthy at my size 8.)

          • http://twitter.com/grooxcore Marie Ee

            Yes, while they aren’t mutually exclusive, especially in image-conscious Korea, it really is much easier to be a slim and tiny Asian than it is for other ethnicities imo. I think it is definitely to do with genetics, particularly bone structure. I’m Asian and I live in an Asian country, and you would be genuinely appalled at the amount girls to grown women can eat and not exercise yet still be ridiculously small. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313126032 Ajuna Ariel Fenty

             what is this comment? I can’t

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313126032 Ajuna Ariel Fenty

             Have you been to Korea my dear? I’m guessing not.

        • PaulaBerman

           Yeah, tell that to Margaret Cho and see what happens to you.

    • Michael_Jones

      I was so going there, too…

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I was just thinking that the pics had more of a Puerto Rican vibe than an Asian one.

      • Nariya

        True, but hey, Vogue does all sorts of takes on all sorts of styles. No reason that Vogue Korea should look… Korean. 

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      YES that is exactly what I was thinking!

  • http://twitter.com/RococoCocoa Joseph Lamour

    That last picture is schwingtastic.

  • hughman

    Fashion, Pussycat! Sell! Sell! 

    • TieDye64

      Spot on! ha

    • j_anson

      Hah! Nice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

       Haha.. brilliant.

  • Sarah Dickerson

    I thought the thumbnail was Nicki Minaj.  It took me longer than I care to admit to realize my mistake!

  • http://twitter.com/jessicapippin Jessica Pippin

    Gorgeous. Not the most original idea, and the title is a bit odd, but they models look great. Killer shoes in every photo. Love the 7th picture from the top. 

  • SpcilK

    Love it! Very “Faster Pussycat Kill, Kill, Kill”! So happy, this is not one of their stereotypical editorials with pagoda’s and cherry blossoms in the back ground.

  • MilaXX

    In terms of fabulousness, Vogue Korea is seriously kicking Vogue Italy’s butt.

    • Candigirl1968

      As well as American Vogue’s, too! 

      • makeityourself

        That would not be difficult.

        • MilaXX

           true dat

          • BuffaloBarbara

             Seriously–can Vogue USA please recruit this creative director?

  • Isadora Paiva

    The Koreans do it again! Love the colors, they can really mix and match clothing to wonderful effect!

  • TropiCarla

    Those models are WERQing!

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      That’s because they look like” working girls” waiting for their next trick. I get a very sleazy, not glamorous or pretty, vibe from these pix.

  • Sarah Thomas

    I’m guessing the title is a portmanteau of Driving Miss Daisy and Caged Heat, which doesn’t exactly make it make more sense…

    • ThaliaMenninger

       I think it’s a play off Driving Miss Daisy, too, but instead of Miss Daisy, they are subbing in girls who bring the heat in capri pants and stiletto heels. Like Driving Miss Hottie, if you will.

  • joe_tey83

    It’s incredible how they mix and match the clothes and style the model such that it looks pretty and kind of makes sense, even though the clothes by themselves don’t really look that good.

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    What is going on in South Korea, they’ve been rockin’ the fashion editorials!  By the way, how do you guys come by this?  

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

    I am living for that hair.  My vast fortune to the hairdresser who can do that for me in slightly less wig-like fashion.

    • AthenaJ

      Reminds me a bit of Rizzo from Grease.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    I’m not sure if I love the shoot, but I’m definitely getting a West Side Story vibe. 

  • formerlyAnon

    They look like Korean Barbie dolls. The early Barbie, who, if I remember right, had an incarnation with dark curly hair.

    Not a criticism, this is very pretty and interesting in a 60’s film ad fashion (as has been referenced).

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i know exactly whoupon you speak–if whoupon is not only a word but a word that can be used to refer to a doll.
      i thought short hair too but it’s just tied back.
      original no. 1 barbie, it’s 1959 okay:

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    diametrically unlike the flimsy, feminine stuff we usually see from the asian nations–yow–in many of the photos [though particularly] the fourth, the model[s] look tougher than anything we might see from, say, italy. or the us of a. or anywhere. interesting, well done job. not my favorite clothes, not even my favorite shoes–but i love the cars. i usually know something of cars–although not that much–but i’m having a difficult time placing these. i’m thinking italian, here, but i’m not sure which ones? could be anything to my tired head from oh, lamborghini through fiat. anybody?

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  • Qitkat

    I don’t know guys. I guess I’m feeling contrarian. I usually love the Vogue Korea editorials, but I’m not so enchanted by this one. Hard to say why, the settings are striking but the clothes seem more ordinary. I love the sweet pink convertible but what I really don’t like here are the poses, which look forced and artificial. Which is of course an odd complaint, as every editorial like this is staged. This one just doesn’t flow as well for me, or really tell a compelling story. I do see where other commenters get a West Side Story vibe.

    • giiiirrrr

       I very much agree.  It’s just not up to Vogue Korea’s usual standard.  That’s what happens when you set the bar too high – I would take this over just about anything in American Vogue in the last year, but still, there’s no there there.

  • NurseEllen

    The outfit in that last photo could very well be used by the girls of the Kit Kat Club in “Cabaret”.

  • jmorino08

    I do not get the whole granny panties as “pants” thing that seems to be going on in fashion right now.

  • l3icest3r


  • Lina_bee

    Oh, now THAT is how you use a setting. The clothes are still shown to great effect, but the set is interesting enough to keep your eye on the page for a closer look. Fantastic.

  • Cat_In_A_Hat

    Awesome… Although a little difficult to enjoy when I see those stilettos getting close to the paint work.

  • butterflysunita

    One thing I love about every Vogue Korea editorial–they always really show and sell the clothes.  

  • http://twitter.com/ToneDaBass Antonio Medrano

    Someone please feed those models a sandwich.

  • guest2visits

    Totally cool and badass.  Love all the little pieces; especially the matador jacket/sweater.
    So thankful no one tinkered with the film to create a queazy unreal reality;  the colors are rich but true.

  • HM3

    I love the styling of this editorial. However, regarding the last photo: HOW is it physically possible that this girl’s stomach is in one quadrant of the photo and her derriere ends in a far distant quadrant?! Is this physically possible? I can’t figure it out.

  • minnye

    So nicely done. I love VK’s editorial settings. They have a great location scout.

  • jilly_d

    Vogue Korea: schooling the world on How You Fucking Do It. Best use of that stupid vegetable print yet, and I seriously covet those sandals in the fourth pic down.

  • understateddiva

    love the makeup, hate the wigs

  • ChelseaNH

    God bless Vogue Korea.  They do know how to do the pretty.

  • kingderella

    fab editorial, hilariously nonsensical engrish title

  • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

    I am in love with Vogue Korea’s editorials. Consistently impressive!

  • LinXGUA

    Is the last photo photoshoped? It seems strange…
    A very pretty editorial. I LOVE those cars. And the clothes (except the bolero jacket). But i love the cars.

  • Judy_S

    I wonder if they feel really costumey wearing heels without socks….

  • BazoDee

    I simply love the composition of the second to last pic. Great editorial! 

  • crash1212

    Killer shoes.

  • Eta A Isiorho

    The model in the last picture is the stunning Jin Jung Sun from Koreas Next Top Model and she is working that outfit!

  • afabulous50


  • rhl25

    So maybe because I’m from the Caribbean, but this strongly reminds me of Cuba. You know, the whole, classic-cars-because-America-whapped-an-Embargo-on-us, vibe. The run-down building I’m going to optimistically call a factory helps. Dunno what Cuba would have to do with Korean fashion, but there you have it.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Could not care less about the fashions or the models in this spread – I covet the cars!!

  • Liverpoolgirl