Gentle Monster is celebrity and collector’s eyewear from Seoul, Korea that needs no introduction for the simple reason that today you will see them all over buzz feed and social media hot zones as every paparazzi’s favorite for its thrilling vapid and vacuous colors and odd and icky shapes. Most recently spotted in abandon this weekend at the Cannes film festival on the red carpets worn mostly by women, but also by men. For this is the ultimate K-Pop Gangnam style.

According to its press release for the 2017 collections Gentle Monster is based on what they call ‘high-end experimentation’ on ‘product, space, styling, culture, and technology’. This high design product is available in 150 countries in over 500 stores globally in selected showrooms only. Uniquely styled and colored the designer theme-eyewear comes in many variations of which here below you can enjoy a small slideshow courtesy the creators.

As for the style we will aptly follow calling it K – Pop (from Korean pop culture), and as the concept it is cited to be ‘creative-disruptive’. That’s the sad thing that Justin Bieber or Kanye West try to do all the time when they are purposefully trying to get into some other celebrity’s crosshairs. Kids call it looking for attention.

But with a real pair of Gentle Monster’s that kind juvenile behavior becomes of course entirely meaningless. Because these are highly prized high design high-end accessory items. In vapid and vacuous colors. With a daft and icky shape or form. The perfect accessory to look – as the Sex Pistols once so adequately put it forty years ago – absolutely pretty vacant.

Prices for a pair range from $200 – $500. Definitely also for men.

Words by Sandro and photos from Gentle Monster.

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D.Gnak is typically a BDMOTP favorite. Designed by Kang Dong Jun, the collections typically have a very Korean feel, but thanks to the designer’s training in NYC, also a very international, modern element as well. It’s no wonder D.Gnak often shows their collections not only at Seoul Fashion Week, but at Milan Fashion Week as well.

The SS17 collection sticks with a lot of the silhouettes that D.Gnak is know for: voluminous, draped layers and a focus on cool coats and jackets. Every man will be able to find the right spring outerwear in this collection, as there are bomber jackets, leather, blazers, long trenches and more, all, of course, in the signature color of black, as well as looks in white, orange and evergreen.

You have to have a little sass in you to wear D.Gnak, as their items are very fashion forward and not for the faint of heart. For SS17, give some newness a try. You could go karate style with their white, martial-arts inspired shirt jacket or pair a more traditional top with a pair of oversize D.Gnak pants, which, this season, tend to hit slightly above the ankle. Or, for a bold statement, the evergreen leather jacket is definitely a “wow” piece within the collection.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from D.Gnak.

Beyond Closet, everyone’s favorite Seoul streetwear brand, showed a dynamic collection for SS17. Summer finally arrived on the runway with models sporting shorts, ripped jeans and unbuttoned shirts under sleek blazers. BDMOTP loves how Beyond Closet is able to look urban yet poised at the same time. Perhaps it’s the layers…hoodies under blazers and ascots paired with shirtless abs. Either way, the collection is youthful yet elegant, full of interesting juxtaposition.

The brand made sure to participate in some of spring’s biggest trends, like the long trench, the leather bomber jacket, baggy trousers and of course, a stripe here and there. Fun patterns, ripped denim and quirky t-shirt decals added playfulness to the line. Casual sandals and sneakers, plus a baseball cap here and there finished the looks off. All and all, a different kind of dapper — an entirely more underground one.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from Beyond Closet.

Ordinary People is anything but ordinary. These casual, youthful designs at Seoul FW were characterized by long, striped trenches, baggy pants and short suits. Stripes came in the form of both regular and pinstripe, and thanks to the extra-baggy and oversize trend, the garments seemed on the more casual side, even though suits were present.

Again, we see the ever-present trench trend, but Ordinary People had an interesting take on it: making it extra oversize and baggy. The baggy look paired with chunky sandals would be perfect for a barrier-breaking man, ready to be original and fashion forward in his looks.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

Jarret is a brand that is uniquely Korean, as Jarret designer  Ji Youn Lee actually uses pieces of Korean costumes and turns them into tailored, trendy clothes for both men and women.

The menswear looks were cool, calm and collected, featuring solids and patterns with gauze overlays (remains of a Korean costume, perhaps?). Jacket, t-shirts, shorts and even suits with quirky detailing appeared in the line, making sure a gentleman could be dressed for any occasion: work, evening wear and weekend.

Of course, fitting in with the Seoul FW aesthetic: the long trench made an appearance.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

Despite its interesting name, Nasty Habit isn’t nasty at all. In fact, their designs were pretty fabulous. Casual looks involving stripes and pinstripes, shorts and trousers and colorblock ruled the runway here. Pocket patterns screen printed with eyes and other patterns appeared as a trend. Patches also seemed prevalent within the collection.

An interesting trend was the double belted pant. The top of the trouser had another section with a different fabric above it, making for two pant closures. I’m not sure how practical this is, but it was something that made this particular collection quite unique. The appearance of the trench coat also put this collection right on trend with several of the other Seoul Fashion Week styles.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

D.Gnak has always been a BDMOTP favorite. In fact, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing the D.Gnak collections not only at Seoul Fashion Weeks but also at Milan Fashion Week. We always love how they add a little bit of funky street edge to their designs.

Their newest collection featured quite a bit of layering and draping. Suits with a trendy twist of short pants covered with stylish trenches walked the runway alongside hoodies and shorts. Black, blue and white dominated the collection (these colors are usually dominant in the D.Gnak garments).

The designs are appropriate for a creative yet classic man, sometime who wants to make a statement in something a little different, but still relevant to a classic working environment. A D.Gnak suit you’ll be stylish, trendy and modern.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

How and What is an eclectic collection of garments for both men and women. Whereas there were just a few looks for men, they were definitely eye-catching. Let’s first start with what has to be a fan favorite: the bright green trench coat. This would be a great way to cover up a more basic looks for a pop of color and style.

The black and grey onesies for men were also different and fun. I am not sure how many men would wear them, but they are certainly something new we’ve been seeing…let’s see if the trend continues. The embellished floral patterns spotted on both shirts and a jacket add a little twist to the looks too.

How and What is a rather quirky selection of menswear clothes, but any man would love one of their garments to accent a basic outfit.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

The BEOM collection is for a young, trendy man hoping to push the edge but still stay relevant. The collection is fun and quirky and features looks with a special pattern of goldfish, dots, cutouts and baggy pants. Distinctly Asian with its Koi fish tribute, the standout of the collection is clearly in the jackets.

Featuring everything from colorblocking to cutouts to leather to tweed in jacket form, BEOM has really gotten it right in the jacket sector. You can pair the jackets with some of the baggy pants or leather shorts BEOM offers or with a simple pair of denim jeans or trousers for a more classic look.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

BNB12 is a unisex Korean brand focusing on offering funky, trendy clothing options to young adults. BNB12 is for the young man who wants to look street savvy. In fact, the typical Asian street style look is reminiscent of BNB12: baggy pants, screen-printed shirts and trendy jackets.

The casual street look is quite popular in Asia especially with the younger set, and it’s clear that young adults are really into the BNB12 look and rightly so. The brand is all unisex, so you can see both women and men alike sporting their garments.

Whereas these looks aren’t office-appropriate, they are perfect for a hip weekend outfit or a college students urban wardrobe.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Natalie Rap.

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