The New Nobility Trend in Fashion"New Nobility", the hit MBC TV drama, might have ended, but it has ushered in a term that defines changing Korean society today-"New Nobility of the 21st Century".
Picture a group of people with a good educational and family background, who are guaranteed financial security in highly professional jobs, who display wit and dignity. Such is the New Nobility.
What makes the New Nobility different from the so-called "high class" is its adherent's view on money. To them money isn't always the only absolute problem-solver or a sought-after magic lamp. According to Lee Chang-soon, the director of the drama, the term depicts a balance of between physical and mental ability, and it involves wealth, reputation, expertise and competence.
The New Nobility wear aristocratic symbols that are perfect for the fall season. Aristocratic is not limited to excessive luxury such as a glittery Randolph Duke number, a feathery pink confection by Oscar de la Renta, a daring black Valentino gown, a bold Alberta Ferretti dress, or the strapless Prada dress that Hollywood actresses wore at the 52nd annual Emmy ceremonies September 10.
Instead, designers are focusing on womanly beauty, power, dignity, grace, as well as professionalism. The colors for the New Nobility, such as wine tones, a range of beige, navy, gray or black will sweep the world this fall.
On the other hand, laissez-faire worshipers claim that anything goes. No one particular style or color will reign. Instead, take advantage of the fluidity in fashion today, picking up whatever best suits you. Set yourself free from outdated stereotype found in the mainstream fashion industry.
by Kim Jae-seon
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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