Korean pop star CL has made her debut on the cover of Paper magazine’s September featuring her bestie and renowned fashion designer and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott.
If you haven’t noticed CL is often spotted front and center at Jeremy’s Fashion show and associated as his muse. The 24 year-old megastar has her mind set on changing the perception of the world and putting on for all Asian girls while her best friend, Jeremy Scott is changing the fashion world, one garment at a time. Together they both are determined to inspire.
Check out a few highlights from their interview:
Jeremy’s definition of luxury?
Scott: For me, the things that are luxurious are things that are rare. It’s not really about how much something costs or whether it’s “limited edition”; it’s about how special it is. It could be a mass-produced thing. It doesn’t need to be expensive. And maybe that’s why it has changed: it’s not so much about the most expensive materials and the most expensive workmanship and the most amount of time you can say something took to make. Of course I realize that’s not a bad thing, but it can also just become heavy and old. You can make something that’s very “all that” but still ugly and not special.
Do you feel like you need a celebrity or a recognizable face for a luxury line these days?
Scott: I have such an affinity for musicians especially. I’m not really an actress’ designer. I love musicians because, if their job is to personify a part of their personality, then I can come in and help turn up the volume on it. I love that, because it is really being with a unique person and creating with a unique person, and that’s why I have these strong female relationships like I do with CL, Katy, Rih, Miley. I’m lucky I have those relationships with people I feel so inspired by. I am the musicians’ designer because I do things that are stronger and more eccentric. I get it: actresses have to blend and become other people all the time. I’m not that person. My design stands out, it personifies. It’s like a megaphone. And I love that [CL et al] can carry my message further.
CL, as a pop star, how do you see that relationship between music and fashion?
It always goes together. But I feel full when I wear Jeremy’s stuff. Sometimes it could get boring if you just wear all black, but his all black is a whole different thing. So whatever I wear, I feel like I could play this character onstage; it gets me into that zone. I started wearing his stuff when I started my career, so it’s always been there.
What is it about Jeremy’s work that speaks to Korean audiences?
CL: It’s not only Korea; I’d say it’s the whole Asian market. A lot of his fans show up when I’m there in Asia, and vice versa. I think they love it because it’s just good! How else can I explain that? In Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, we’re more into colorful, cute, very animated, so I think we’re more connected to that too.
Scott: I feel like Asia has always been super open to “new.” Maybe because there’s already such an ancient culture, anything new is exciting. I feel like that’s why it’s always been so quickly embraced there. I do think my clothes set you apart, and that is something that is great in Asia. There is less hair-color difference, unless you input it yourself, and there are things that are already keeping people more similar, so you can set yourself apart easier.
CL: I think a lot of the young kids right now are looking for something new,and they want to look different. Especially girls, and this is why I’m trying to come out here — to set an example of an Asian girl. A lot of Asian girls love being basic because it’s safe. But the thing is, a lot of my fans are those girls, and they want to be bolder, but there’s no one they could look up to and be like, It’s OK to be that way. There’s no one out here who will do that, and I feel like I have done enough for Asia and changed a lot of girls. Even if it’s a phone case, they try. Girls in Asia are very obedient, shy, timid, quiet, but I can tell that it’s changing, and I want them to be stronger and tell them that it’s OK to be different. Being special is a luxury, and I don’t think we have that. Yet.
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