Many fashionistas may know of ‘Refinery29.com‘, a popular one-stop website for fashion, style, and shopping.
The site posted an article today called ‘Kpop Cheat Sheet: The Bands To Know Before They Blow Up’, and introduced Big Bang, 2NE1, SNSD, and SHINee to their readers. The passage read:
“Okay, we’re calling it, right here, right now. Kpop is going to be 2012′s hottest trend. Straight out of Seoul, these acts are already bringing their edgy, high-end style and infectious tunes all over the world. Asia knows what we’re talking about. Europe is already obsessed. South America goes gaga for these multi-talented superstars. And North America? The craze has already started with the hottest Korean acts selling out Madison Square Garden in NYC, the Staples Center in LA, and the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — just to name a few places. For those of you who haven’t yet become ingrained, we’re here to present to you a little primer to get in on the action. We’re giving you the rundown on four of the hottest Kpop artists that are headed for world domination, the songs you need to hear, and, of course, the styles you’re going to want to copy. Big Bang, 2NE1, Shinee, Girl’s Generation. Memorize these names, people. Let the obsession begin.”In addition to giving some background information on each group and introducing some of their popular songs, the site also analyzed and broke down the style of each group.
Check out the article here!
Photo: Via SM Entertainment
The Lowdown — Although SHINee only came onto the scene in 2008, they've already toured all over Asia — not to mention, they've also held packed concerts in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, just to name a few. Members Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin are already well on their way to super-stardom, inspiring fans to hold flash mobs of their songs to attract them to hold concerts in their countries (they even participated in one in Russia). SHINee is also particularly well-known for their dance moves, which fans often rush to emulate in contests (and, er, at the office — no judging!). Don't worry, we've provided you with proof — just check out their videos to see that their precision and intricacy definitely makes them some of the best dancers in the biz. And, besides the numerous awards they've won since their debut, they also hold the distinction for being the first foreign artist to have their songs hit as high as #3 on Japan's Oricon music charts. Not bad, considering none of them are over 21 years old yet.
Their Style — SHINee's style often plays into their boyish looks — they're known for their simple jeans-and-T-shirt look, which often include bright, neon colors and high tops. This look in particular has been adopted by many young Koreans and has been dubbed "SHINee-style," cementing their status as fashion icons in their country. Lately, however, the group has upped their edge by wearing more leather, heavier and more stylized outerwear, and big, bold jewelry, giving them a dual image.
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Lucifer — Lucifer is one of SHINee's hottest songs, mixing marathon-worthy energy, and a heavy, dance-y beat. Although we question some of the fashion and haircuts in this video (what exactly is that leather backless vest thing?), we love that it showcases what incredible dancers the SHINee members are.
Ring Ding Dong — This fast-paced song has a relentless drive that's hard to resist. This was also one of the first times Shinee cast off their more casual edge for some sharp suits and enough leather and studs to remind us that they're all (almost) grown-up.
Juliette — One of SHINee's earlier songs, Juliette showcases their playful sound, and the video shows off their boyish looks. We also detect a little bit of a Michael Jackson flair not just in their moves, but also in the song's melody — does anybody else hear a little "Billie Jean" or "Thriller" vibe going on here?
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