Street Style Inspiration From The East

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Street Style Inspiration From The East

The Berklee Fashion Duo

The Berklee Fashion Duo

Jihoo, The Heavy Metal Drummer

Jihoo, The Heavy Metal Drummer

Weijun, The Rockstar

Weijun, The Rockstar

While walking down Boston’s Newbury Street I came across these two musicians from the East. If one were to think of “Street Style” fashion you wouldn’t think of Boston as an exemplary city. There’s just something about this city’s fashion sense that hasn’t motivated me to go on the hunt for Boston’s street style. That being said, I’m not saying that this city lacks a sense of fashion, street style or otherwise, take BostonStreetStyle.com, for instance, David Kavaler and Krista Casey are clearly documenting the presence of a “street style.”

In any case, these two guys had a look that inspired me and moved me just enough to ask whether I could shoot them (with my phone, of course). While individually their looks were interesting, what intrigued me most were the contrast that the two showcased when put side-by-side.

Jihoo

The one in black, Jihoo, is a South Korean student at Berklee looking to bang out some Heavy Metal with his drums. At first glance his fashion style screams South Korean street and after a quick Q&A, I was right. He is styled, from head to toe, in a South Korean brand, ByTheR. The entire look had a flow that was fitting for the change from Spring to Summer, a sense of timelessness (no doubt from all that black he was wearing and the fact that he was simply owning that look from his home country), but without losing that edge fitting for the budding musician. His sakura tattoo and the wooden clogs were an excellent touch.

Weijun

The other, Weijun, is another fashionable Berklee student, this time from Hong Kong. His musical weaponry is the guitar. When asked what he was wearing, he answered, “I don’t really follow the brand but whatever looks nice, some old jeans and shirt.” Clearly, not fashion conscious but he certainly curates a look that gets the point across (which says something about his fashion subconscious, non?). What point? The point that he is a musician and that he plays “metal, rock, jazz, and punk!” I loved his jeans!

My Street Fashion Eureka Moment

I cannot say that I have ever been so inspired by street style during my stay in Boston other than this moment. The two, while absolutely fabulous individually, when put together a “Unison Style” resonates. A fashion harmony between traditional and modern style in Asian fashion as well as East and West vibes where one is an “American” influenced look while the other is an Asian Construction.

It is the contrast in style and the resonance we create with people that makes fashion so interesting to me.