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10 Korean Fashion Brands You Need To Know

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Let’s all move to Seoul…

I went to Seoul Fashion Week, and I fell in love—with the fashion, of course. How could I not? Not only has Seoul Fashion Week been growing for years now, but also the designers who show are truly unique, bringing something to the industry that's new even for been-there-done-that editors. The fashion in Seoul is bright, fun, and exciting, which was made all the more clear to me when I was able to see the brands in person and meet the designers. Plus, the street style there is to die for. Did I mention yet how much I love it all? I never wanted to come home.

But since I had to come back to New York, I've rounded up my 10 favorite brands from Seoul Fashion week, not only so that I can relive my fashion memories, but also so you guys can see for yourself how incredible Seoul Fashion Week really is. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a roommate in Seoul, if anyone wants to join me.

D'Antidote: This gender-fluid line is based on menswear, but successfully crosses over to womenswear. Like the name says, this brand is an antidote to fast fashion and luxury brands, providing the answer to the missing pieces in your closet. The best pieces of the collection were inspired by British punk and from the newly unveiled collaboration with Fila that resulted in some amazing puffer pants, jackets, and scarfs in bright blues and yellows.

Cres. E Dim.: Launched in 2009, this is the brand that blew me away, with its combination of streetwear, basics, and new silhouettes. The shining star of the collection was the deconstructed denim, including looks with layers of different washes, loose hems, and different kind of slits and cutouts.

Kye: This brand is relatively well-known in the U.S., specifically in New York, because they show at New York Fashion Week. But I was naturally excited to see them showing in their home base of Seoul. V-Files, Gentle Monster and even Shu Uemura have done collaborations with the brand, and, this time, their partnership was with Nike that resulted in faux fur-adorned Air Force 1s. Kye is also great at experimenting with textures and prints, leading to some incredible combinations you'd never dream up for yourself, but that still make perfect aesthetic sense.

MÜNN: This menswear line is known for its mix of basics and stand-out pieces, and their Fall/Winter 2017 collection had amazingly thoughtful details. The jewelry and accessories were truly transgressive (think: Hood by Air), and the well-designed jackets, pants, and layer pieces created an incredibly cohesive collection. 

Supercomma B: This is a brand that knows to have fun; it closed night one of Seoul Fashion Week with a show that was, essentially, a party. The models danced down the runway, taking selfies, and doing Instagram Live video feeds; you just knew the brand was meant for a millennial. Known mostly for their sneakers, the ready-to-wear was super on-point, too, and the way the line plays with bright colors, streetwear merch basics, and great accessories makes it really covetable for both men and women.

Charm's: This brand is known all throughout Korea, thanks to a mix of branded clothing and fun, new silhouettes. With a front row consisting of K-Pop royalty and even a huge bear mascot, this was one of my favorite shows to attend. Plus, their capsule collection in collaboration with Kermit the Frog is amazing. Imagine: lime green acid wash denim, faux fur muppet-like jackets, and all-over printed pants. Miss Piggy is going to love it.

Antimatter: An underdog of Seoul Fashion Week, Antimatter blew me, and everyone else, away. With amazing workwear-inspired pieces, like vests, jumpsuits, and jackets, this utilitarian collection was one to beat. In neutral tones of gray, black, and a bit of camouflage, the Heron Preston x DSNY vibes were real, and we weren't mad at it.

The-Sirius: The most avant-garde collection to come out of Seoul Fashion Week, Sirius was a highlight of the shows I attended. Designed by Younchan Chung, who just recently won the prestigious International Fashion Showcase Designer from The British Fashion Council, this brand—and its designer—are rising stars, to say the least.

Fleamadonna: I was already in love with this brand before coming to Seoul, but I fell even more deeply with upon seeing their show, thanks to their new takes on suiting, ultra-wearable sequin looks, and adventurous moves, like showing faux-fur bras worn on the outside of shirts. Plus, their collaboration with Nike meant we spotted the newest Air Max Vapor walking down the runway, and it was an accessory that really worked for us.

Beyond Closet: Beyond Closet was a breath of fresh air, mixing streetwear with a certain preppiness. Think, varsity stripes and emblems mixed with athletic wear and stripes. The mix of bright colors in classic silhouettes like blazers and trousers really felt new. Add a hint of rockabilly, and you've got this collection down.

And the color palettes are gorgeous

Have you ever read the packaging on standard nail polish? Formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene—all these ingredients are ones you wouldn't be going near in many other aspects of life. DPB is toxic for reproductive and developmental growth and banned in children's toys. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, responsible for that smell that makes you dizzy and giving you a headache. Yeah, it is probably not the best thing you should be inhaling.

These 12 nail polish brands have found a different way of making polish, and they all pride themselves on long-lasting formulas that will keep up with our busy lives, but keep out the harsh chemicals we don't need. Scroll down, ahead of your next mani.

Nails Inc

Ultra glossy nails not your thing? Nails Inc. features a semi-matte finish that you can apply with wide brushes that'll give you a chip-free manicure with no hassle. Plus, when we say this polish dries fast, we mean it. Vegan and cruelty-, 6-, and paraben-free means you can't go wrong.

Nails Inc, Nail Polish, $15, available at Nails Inc.

sundays

You are truly doing no harm when using sundays' nail polish or going to one of its salons. With an impressive 10-free formula and lacking any ingredients derived from animals, sundays is as simple and pure as it gets. Plus, we love the brand's color options.

sundays, Nail Polish, $18, available at Dear Sundays.

Floss Gloss

Designed in Brooklyn and made in California, this vegan, female-owned brand has the trendiest colors. Bikini Coral is the shade you pick when you want to dip your nails in the neon trend, but you're not ready to go full slime green. Plus it's 7-free, so dangerous chemicals, who?


Floss Gloss, Nail Polish, $9, available at Amazon.

Tenovertern

Reshaping the nail industry with fair wages, benefits, and a non-toxic work environment, Tenoverten puts clean beauty first. Both a salon and a nail line, this female-owned brand cares about the experience when you're painting your nails. With an 8- and cruelty-free and vegan formula, Tenovertern is a brand to trust.


Tenoverten, Nail Polish, $18, available at Amazon.

Butter London

Clean and cruelty-free company Butter London has an 8-free formula in all of its nail polishes. Thanks to the diamond powder and Shock Resistant Polymer Technology, you can also enjoy up to 10 days of chip-free nails.


Butter London, Nail Polish, $18, available at Amazon.

Nail Berry

As a 12-free nail polish, Nail Berry prides itself on its breathable, oxygenated formula, created so air and water vapor can pass through the polish barrier, leading to healthy, gorgeous, safe nails.


Nail Berry, Nail Polish, $19, available at Nail Berry.

Context

Rich in color and not chemicals, Context Nail lacquer is 5-free. Take It Off is the perfect neutral color for the spring, making us want to do anything but Take It Off.


Context, Nail Lacquer, $15, available at Context.

Smith and Cult

Smith and Cults Nail Polish is vegan and 8-free with fun colors like Psycho Candy and Exit The Void that go on smooth and finish ultra-glossy. The luxe packaging also speaks for itself.


Smith and Cult, Nail Polish, $18, available at Amazon.

JINsoon

We love a brand that is constantly working to make itself better. JINsoon changed its formula to match a healthier lifestyle and some polishes are now 10-free (it's working on changing all of its polishes to 10-free status). Our favorite is a speckled shade called FAB. With flecks of gold, pink, and blue, this nail polish finishes in a beautiful matte.

JINsoon, Nail Polish, $18, available at Amazon.

Base Coat

Base Coat's neutrals and neons prove they have a shade for everyone. The pale yellow shade Gemini (pictured above) is the perfect sunshine hue on my fingertips. With an 8-free formula, there's no reason to feel bad about wearing this organic polish.

Base Coat, Nail Polish, $20, available Base Coat Nail Salon.

Olive and June

Now that Olive and June just became 7-free, we couldn't wait to put it on our list. We love the fact that its new product, Poppy, helps us paint our nails and makes at home-manicures much more accessible. The light pastel colors on its site are perfect for all the more minimalists out there. But if you need some more color and dazzle, check out its new stickers.

Olive and June, Nail Polish, $8, available at Olive and June.

Deborah Lippman

Infused with biotin and green tea, Deborah Lippman nail polishes make sure to nourish your nails while they maintain their shiny color. Five-free, these polishes are quick-drying and chip-resistant.

Deborah Lippman, Nail Polish, $20, available at Deborah Lippman.

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Photo by Rachel Dennis

Finally

"What do girls even do together?" This question, or some iteration of it, is frequently posed to me once someone finds out I'm bisexual or hears me mention my girlfriend, or if I make any reference to being interested in girls. I would be annoyed by it, but I have empathy because I know how hard this kind of information can be to find. In fact, the details of how two people with vaginas have sex isn't very widespread information. And, I know that I didn't really have all that much information about girl-on-girl sex before, well, actually having it myself. It's precisely this kind of situation that queer sex educator Stevie Boebi is trying to fix.

Boebi has gained a big following for her informational YouTube videos about how to use a strap-on, how to scissor, how to fist someone, how to choose a vibrator for yourself; any question you could have, she will get you an answer. She doesn't shy away from topics that people wouldn't be quick to ask someone about IRL, either, like BDSM. And she covers the kind of things that are definitely not what we're taught in sex education classes—likely not even in the most progressive curriculums. A study from GLSEN notes that only 4 percent of teens reported learning anything positive about queer sex in their sex ed classes, and points out that in some states, it's actually prohibited to mention queerness at all.

Particularly when it comes to sex with two vaginas, the lack of available public education leads to a general lack of understanding of how we have sex, which then leads to a lack of understanding in the queer community, too. "I just think that lesbian sex is so oversexualized, and we're the least educated," said Boebi when I asked her recently why it's so important for her to spread knowledge about queer sex in particular.

Boebi said that she started out on YouTube making videos about technology, but after she came out as a lesbian, her audience flipped from mostly male to mostly female, though she would prefer a less rudimentary gender breakdown ("the algorithm only deals in binaries, sorry," she quipped).

Ultimately, her sexuality led her to change her content entirely, because she wanted to educate people who couldn't find answers to their questions anywhere else—even on the internet.

"I started getting a lot of what I called 'stupid questions' from very confused teenage girls saying, like, 'How do I do it? Can I get AIDs from fingering someone?'" Boebi told me. They were questions that probably should have had easily Google-able answers, but, when Boebi looked for lesbian sex education content to send to fans who were asking her, she came up empty-handed. "I couldn't find anything. I think I found, like, two articles on Autostraddle, and that was it," she said. "And then I was like, Well, shit! If no one else is going to do it, then I guess I will."

Boebi's audience is mainly comprised of 13- to 24-year-olds, so she keeps in mind that she's helping people who may not be experienced, or even out yet. She uses her own experiences to inform her work sometimes, but also researches extensively and talks to people she knows who "have fancy Ph.Ds in sexology and shit," who can answer her questions or point her to resources she should be referencing.

Boebi's charm is in her relatability; even if she's talking about things we've been conditioned to feel shame around, she does it in such an open and honest way that all that shame disappears—as it should. She does this by perfectly meshing professional talk with jokes and sarcasm, and even uses characters based on star signs. She knows the importance of taking on taboo topics, because there are so many people who won't otherwise find answers to their questions. "I don't actually struggle in my everyday life asking people if they've ever been anally fisted before," Boebi joked with me. "I'll take that burden."

And keeping her tone light and humorous is of the utmost importance to her. "When people are laughing, they're comfortable, and I want people to feel comfortable," Boebi said. "And I want people to know that I'm comfortable talking about sex, and they can be, too." It helps also, Boebi told me, that her audience is separated by a screen, and she's not "in a room with a 12-year-old talking about my labia."

Beyond instructional sex videos, Boebi also deals with other rarely discussed facets of sexuality and physicality. Boebi is polyamorous, and talks openly about it, confronting the stereotypes and the misinformation about the identity head-on. And, she was also recently diagnosed with Ehler's Danlos Syndrome after going years without a diagnosis, and she aims to start working more with disabled queer sex educators to make her work more inclusive of people with disabilities. Though she pointed out to me that her work was already encompassing of disabilities, she "hasn't been a part of the disability activist community for very long," and so she has a lot to learn.

And, though Boebi's happy that she has the platform she does, she wants a more inclusive array of sex educators to join the scene. "My voice is my voice, and it's unique to me, but I think there should be way more," she noted. "Especially people [with intersectional identities]. That would make me so happy if we could diversify sex educators."

And, though Boebi says there's no "ideal way" to educate people about sex, she's definitely on a better track than the public education system, and she makes clear that there's nothing shameful about sexuality—in fact, it's just a part of being human, and a really fun one, at that.

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This photo makes me so happy

It can't be understated how big of a phenomenon the Spice Girls were during the late '90s. Their impact was felt from the bustling streets of London to the dry desert land of Scottsdale, Arizona. The latter place is where a young Emily Jean Stone was so immersed in fandom that she asked her second-grade teacher to call her Emma, after Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and Emily is the Academy Award-winning actress Emma Stone. What's even better, she's still a huge Spice Girls fan.

Stone went to the Spice Girls reunion tour at the Wembley Stadium in London and finally met the woman who inspired the name the actress is now known by. Bunton shared a photo of the two of them outside of the venue on her Instagram. She captioned the photo: "When Emma met Emma."And even added the hashtag #2become1. I can't figure out if I want to cry from sentimentality or serious envy.

As for Stone, she once cried when Mel "Scary Spice" B. sent her a video message so I can only imagine what this moment felt like for her. Let this be a reminder that even Oscar winners can be stans.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.

BREAKING: JON SNOW FINALLY APOLOGIZED FOR SEASON 8 youtu.be

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