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《Kris, whose dream is to become a fashionista》
Kris is the first amongst EXO members to be known as a “fashion star”. As if it’s second nature, He’s continuously held an interest for designer clothing styles, and he takes joy in customizing simple objects for his personal use. Thus, Kris has learnt some self-customizing tips from the very prominent top stylist Jung Jun Ki. Walking into the workshop, Kris managed to create something that he has wanted to try for quite some time, a personalized bracelet that’s very distinctly “Kris”.
《Putting “KRIS STYLE” to the challenge》
" I wish to properly customize something once." - with this sentence, Kris has moved the heart of Korea’s top stylist Jung Yun Ji. The stylist, who has regularly praised Kris’s fashion style, has decided to personally pass on some of his knowledge to Kris. "Not only does Kris have an extremely strong fashion sense amongst the EXO members, he’s also a kid that carries off his clothes very well." Jung Yun Ki proposed to collaborate with Kris once to create a fashion accessory that was on POINT (a striking fashion statement), and for this customization project, a leather bagpack was chosen. A very enthusiastic Kris and Jung Yun Ki set off separately to various vintage shops and Dongdaemun Market to shop for supplies. On the day of the shoot, upon meeting and exchanging greetings, the two of them immediately started talking about their materials which they have prepared and brought along respectively. Jung took out a black bagpack from a large box to give to Kris (the bag is by TODS, a brand which Jung has designed for and collaborated with for two years), to which Kris responded "This is a style which I really like, also it’s in my favorite color black, so I have to carry my own personalized bag to show off to the other members. [laugh]" In order to transform this bag into something that is distinctly Kris’s style, he came up with many ideas. "Try changing the chain" "Perhaps tie on a bandana" "Change the star shaped brooch to one with curves", the suggestions just kept coming. After the numerous suggestions, finally they decided on using the feather (keychain). An easily detachable man-made feather keychain was attached to the bag, along with a gold brooch embellishment to give it a more high-class feel.
"When we first started talking about customizing the bag, I was concerned about the difficulties that I might have to face, but under the guidance and advice of Jung Yun Ki, along with joint discussion, on the contrary I feel that this (bag modifying) is much easier than modifying clothes. This experience has been a turning point, now I have more confidence in myself in redesigning." After that, Jung Yun Ki attached a bandana to the back of Kris’s camouflage jacket, demonstrating to Kris a simple way of customizing. Both of them shared their ideas, while respecting the other’s individual style. "Next time, I would like to introduce a style that’s distinctly and exclusively KRIS to Jung Yun Ki, and before that I’ll diligently study designing.“
《A Fashionista with Ideas》
After the session with Jung Yun Ki, Kris immediately continued on to Itaewon’s 「series; CORNER」. “For a long while, I’ve been very interested in leather materials, ther are many locations to learn the art of leather workmanship, but this place is more special than the rest, so I longed to come here and thought to myself that I had to come at least once.” The place Kris is talking about is the「RE;CODE」 section within 「series; CORNER」. 「RE;CODE」is a fashion label which uses overproduced, unwanted stock materials to create new fashion pieces such as bags, necklaces and apparel. “Actually, this isn’t a place that can be considered as somewhere suitable to learn the process of leather workmanship. However, after knowing that Kris would like to learn the uses of leather craft, we can’t stop Kris.” Yoon Young Sic was in charge of this leather workmanship shoot. (This time,) bits of leather left over from manufactured bags were used to create leather necklaces and leather cardholders. From the cutting of materials, to stitching them together, Kris completely enjoyed the whole process of learning leather craftsmanship and was thoroughly delighted, just like a little child. Thanks to Kris, the atmosphere of the shoot livened up and became a lot more harmonious. “I’ve wanted to make a leather necklace for a long time, cutting and stitching the materials by myself makes it feel more special, now I feel like I want to do this every day. [laugh]” The reasons that sparked Kris’s interest in (self) modification (of fashion apparel and accessories), besides aiming to create unique, one-and-only pieces in the world that distinctly belong to Kris himself, also largely include the desire to redesign products that people easily lose interest in and soon discard, into new creations. “Last time I used to only buy new apparel, but gradually as I accumulated more clothes, this became less cost effective and eventually it was also overly expensive.”
Upon hearing that Kris is someone who takes interest in the latest trends and modification of clothes, one may simply assume he is just a celebrity who likes clothes. However, Kris is a “Fashionista with Ideas”, he said that one day he will create a fashion label that represents his own distinct style, and the reason people could look forward to it is because of Kris’s avant-garde fashion sense. Carrying his self-modified bagpack and wearing his self-crafted bracelet, Kris looks especially handsome.