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Joon and Nara: Andre Kim’s newest runway couple

Normally I wouldn’t be terribly interested in yet another repetitive, recycled Andre Kim “fashion” show — and I use that term loosely — but hot dayum, this couple is stunning together.

Usually, Andre Kim’s chosen celebs just trot down the runway with blank expressions, wearing billowing curtains of material to perform the obligatory kiss-on-forehead maneuver. But this time, the couple is Kim Joon (Boys Before Flowers) and Jang Nara (Wedding), and they look mighty fine as a couple.

The event was for the designer’s “Preview in Shanghai 2009” and took place in Shanghai (duh) on April 22.

And, well, see for yourself. I dig how Kim Joon ups the intensity compared to other actor-models in Andre Kim shows:

 
But the pretty cuts both ways:

 

And it’s shots like these that make me think that Andre Kim’s entire career has just been one big exercise in wish fulfillment. I mean, the guy deliberately only casts hot rising stars, dresses the guy like himself and the girl as his celestial bride and “marries” the couple on the runway, all of which he presides over like some creepy mastermind-cum-narcissistic specter.

 
Still, despite the repetitiveness of these shows (which aren’t even “shocking” for their wackiness anymore because they’re so old-hat), the clothes ARE made in vibrant and lovely colors. Even if they are the same colors every time. No comment on the designs themselves.





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Holy Moly.
They look GOOD together...

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I love Andre Kim. His legacy is synthesizing seasonal images with Korean court elegance and martial dignity. The rich tones and textures of his textiles were always innovatively designed. I never tire of looking over his haute couture lines, so masterfully capturing our eyes, dazzling us. We could only compare his work to nature's own wonders and spirit.

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ah..they do look beautifully stunning together!..

When i saw the second picture, i was like...Wah! it's prince darien!

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I honestly don't understand why Andre Kim's fashion show is so highly regarded. Half of the clothes are the same pieces dating back the last 10 years; the blue and gold pieces, you can find other celebs featuring them on Youtube. It's practically ready to wear, a Men's Wearhouse of Lulz.

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You forgot to mention the guys' boots-they look ugly, hideous and oh so white . Did Andre open a factory just to manufacture them or he got them in many sizes and recycled year after year ?

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@belleza, I kinda feel like they've hit that Saturday Night Live stage, where everyone knows it sucks and yeah, that emperor is tooootally butt-nekkid, and yet, it's almost easier just to let it keep running. And it's like a rite of passage for the newest generation of actor-entertainers, even though appearing in the show(s) is essentially meaningless.

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Kim Joon is appearing more ^o^

But looks like a vampire >:O
*doesn't help when his expressions is like stone >.<*

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kim joon looks exotic!!!!!!!!! He's hawt here.............yeah....they do belong in the emperor's land.........but some of the couples look good/great together......

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WOW! KIM JOON... I never got enuff of you in BOF but you look stunning!
Strong stage presence and this couple is really great!

Fighting KIM JOON! Missing you already

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lol... It is true.. The design is kind of repetitive and old style already.. But Andre Kim is still high about his fashion designs.. It must be a pain in ass for the models and actors to walk down the runway in those whacky and tacky design clothes... Those male clothes are almost exactly the same at every single show... His shows are same shoes, almost same clothes, same gestures for the main couples as well.... Maybe that makes him become a famous designer... ^^

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@Sarah,

At this point, it's practically cosplay. Couldn't they at least have Jang Nara and Kim Joon re-enact Luke and Leia's most awkward moments together? Yay The Force and incest.

Oh wait, THAT's the point of the show, huh, what with all the space cowboy romanticism and big clothes? Andre Kim, you silly perv you! At least they could use some lightsabers and have Andre play Jabba the Hutt. He'd make a hawt Korean Jabba! ;)

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Andre Kim, what did you do to my Joon? *~*

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"Andre Kim, what did you do to my Joon?"

He's preparing him to board the Mother Ship. Ground control to Major Tom . . .

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Wah...such a preetty couple and I love their expressions!

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omg now i know why GD is called as a "fashion icon" in korea, i mean honestly if a weirdo like andre kim can make it, i think a weirdo like GD is also acceptable based on people weird sense hehe

eww...if celebrities like them will go in the US or europe, they will be laugh at coz their fashion is totally out of this world

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this guy is so underrated!

on Adre Kim, I don't understand why he keeps on repeating his designs.

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wasn't it hard to walk in those dress/suit/whatever you called it?

Joon looks good!!!!! Even with the stoned expression..and thick soles.
What is the things that dangling on Nara's head?

Andre Kim is doing "talk to the hand"'s gesture : I am Super SeniOR! :P ( sorry, can't help it, just saw the Super Junior's clip........)

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"Andre Kim is doing “talk to the hand”’s gesture : I am Super SeniOR!"

This image of Kim Hee Chul wearing a white flotation device just passed through my mind!!

Okay -- so I went to Andre's site and looked at his clothes for his 2009 line. He's such a iconoclast, like you feel the pancake gaudiness of 70s/80s Korean beauty pageants through his designs. But the colours and the juxtaposition of translucent and opaque fabrics are just beautiful.

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Strange

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I never understand Andre Kim design perhaps never will for someone who lives in tee shirt + shorts + flip flop combo...

But Kim Joon... omona... hotness! That stare...

1- Yes, he always cast rising hot stars = eye candy for me...
2 - Yes, his design are always "over the top" to me at least = can it actually be worn normally?
3 - But oh the color and the fabric are beautiful to say the least...
4 - But why does Andre Kim always make the models do the same thing... run/search(?) on the runway... look lost... found the lover... do the forehead to forehead... hand to hand move, kiss the forehead and look at the audience... why!? Maybe he should copyright this... I have laughing fits whenever I see K-stars spoof this!

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I still like CJW-BYJ combination best!!

The young couple just look very odd in the alien suits. ^________^ The guy looks like he just have a fight with someone!! As the lady, it is fine. But, personally I still think CJW is the best in those funny clothes.

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Who wear these curtains and drapes in real life? Anyone come across at any of your sister's wedding?
You' right JB. From one forehead to another kissing, but no stage couple has ever ended up marrying, to wear these 19 century gowns.

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@Bolt: You hit the nail. CJW is now hooked with Lee Jin Wook, one of her AK show partner. She might be wearing one of these at her wedding before LJW goes to war,, I mean army. .. Er... BYJ factor has gone down to 18th century history.^^

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Kimjoon's got a new alien suit! Gotta admit, Kim Joon looks smokin. He's got the leading man quality down.

I guess it's just because Andre Kim's a senior in the 'fashion' business that nobody dares to tell him he sucks?

ETA: Is there any picture of Andre Kim in an ordinary outfit? Like in normal shirt without the weird thing on his hair?

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My Kim Joon look pale or it just because the lighting?

Uhmmm,,,I prefer Jang Nara and Kim Joon wearing army suit than this 'out of the world' saga design.

And I believe Andre Kim is from mars!! ^ ^

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Joon is looking so manly here o.O nice!
I thought the designs are absolutely gorgeous (except maybe for that fluffy blue and golden gowns o.O). I liked this wedding dress:
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/event/2009/andre_couple9.jpg
looks so simple yet elegant and stylish at the same time.

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LOLed at the comments.

i'm sorry. as much as i like both of them and think both of them are looking great together...the clothes. oh. the clothes.

but come to think of it....i think all stars seemed to use this as an additional boost to their portfolio.

so when is kim hyun joong's turn? :) i wonder how the ethereal beauty would fare.

btw, not related but does anyone know bout the new drama after KBS Story Of A Man? Is it a remake of Kekkon Dekinai Otoko (Man Who Can't Get Married)? I liked the dorama.

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WOW, they look absolutely STUNNING together!!

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"And it’s shots like these that make me think that Andre Kim’s entire career has just been one big exercise in wish fulfillment. I mean, the guy deliberately only casts hot rising stars, dresses the guy like himself and the girl as his celestial bride and “marries” the couple on the runway, all of which he presides over like some creepy mastermind-cum-narcissistic specter."

javabeans lol!! and i love your wits

i assume he's a great COSTUME designer. perfect for saeguk drama/movies,
but ready to wear? name me one non celebrity person who buy his queen amidala gown, or that prince costume

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OMONA Kim Joon looks so fierce! Tyra would be proud!! And Jang Nara could work that runway even with her height. :)

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they do look good together^^ but sorry for andre kim and his fans, i do think his fashion is a bit over the top..... especially the blue ones (looks like a birdie show)..... i do wonder what made him famous in the first place, dont think its coz of his talent in fashion design.. maybe sumthin else???

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At least it's Kim Joon's exotic face than the very overrated Lee MinHo..
Andre Kim's collections will last for many centuries i think.. His fashion show is like very often (or seasonal?..) same stuff worn by stars he adores at the moment..Jang Nara looks fresh and cute as always! No more Princess Leia's hair????

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Oh fashion what have you done to thy world….. its kindda suck to see clothes they call it if fashion when you cant even wear it in dear life.....anyway both Jang Nara and Kim Joon definitely have a strong screen presence I love the seriousness of Joon face far from the happy go lucky face in BBF another side of him which can certainly use in coming projects? A revelation actually can’t wait to see that kind of expression in action. No question about Nara’s cuteness unexplainably beautiful. They’re like a king and queen of the universe if there is.

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yes! he finally gets a girl! take that boys over flowers.

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Wow. The two totally rocked it.
I saw another side to KimJoon.
I was like O.O
*Jaw totally hangs open*

But seriously, wow, I LIKE. (And what's with Andre Kim?)

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Wow, so dramatic yet so attractive. I have to say that Kim Joon is not only cute, but handsome, probably the most handsome out of the F4's. He has shown potentials to be a great actor and I hope he gets another project soon.

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Kim Joon and Jang Nara looks good together (just don't mind the clothes). I hope they will do a TV soap or series together. I think their personalities will suit each other.

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I didn't know Kim Joon can be that intense. It's a long way from his crappy engrish hip-hop one liners from BBF. I love the red dress with the white tux combo.

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He really looks like prince Song (2nd pic^^)!!!!....hahaha.....and JNR looks very pretty!!!
<3 them in the black outfits and also the white ones too.....the best for me is JNR in the red dress and him in the white suit!!!! The red dress reminds me of autumn leaves, very pretty!!!

thanks for a great article, jb!!!!^^

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Kim Joon looks SOOO tired in the second pic, any one else notice that -_-

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Well, i like his designd actually, they are kinda creative but there's too much detail, i like the purple and the red dress, its somthing i would like to wear at prom.. Kim joon is smokinh hot in this one.

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Oh my gawdddd.... Kim Joon's so darn handsome!!! the pale looking, huge eyes and thick eyebrows... ohhh.. my gawwwdddd!!!

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For the whites, blacks, reds and pink/purple; the couple will wear them on earth. For the blues and the golds; the couple will wear them after they have flown to Mars or Venus on their honeymoon. How exciting just to peel off those layers!

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Andre Kim is so weird..

But I do have to admit that Kim Joon and Nara look gorgeous in these photos!
I actually like the 2 white wedding dresses (they're simple and not too in-your-face) and also the silver and black one from the first picture (well minus the huge crystals from the bodice, the design is actually really pretty)

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No way, Kim Joon just looks like he jumped straight out from a Manga...
Jang Nara too...

The more I look at the pictures, the more I get sucked into them...

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I've never for one moment thought any of his design attractive or, in fact, didn't give any a second glance. but i guess it's kim joon's charm that makes me spend a second or two more (well, ok.. 15 seconds maybe. lol) on those dresses and some are actually pretty decent and quite nice to look at. the red one is gorgeous, the white is elegant, and black is most stunning. A definite no-no to blue and gold. what do you call those anyways. Looks like a very pretty and elaborately designed blanket cover i would love to have during really really cold winter, on top of a more soft one.

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They look good together. OMO~ I've seen several others from Andre Kim's shows, and they definitely complemented each other the most. ^^

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kim joon is wearing something? i was looking at his lovely eyes hehehe

i like the colours he uses, but some of the things are a bit O_O

then again - i regard catwalk fashion as an art form and not something to be ever worn in any practical sense...

but yay for more kim joon!

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The first thought that pops into my mind when I see Andre Kim's stuff is: Scientology

I don't know why.

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yay, more kim joon! at least andre kim knows how to choose his models.
thank you for sharing this ♥

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Wow, they do look good together. o.o Hot dayummmmmm, KJ's got the runway glower thing down pat. LOVE IT.

In spite of the clothes, of course. (Although I do actually like the red gown and the black gown, sans dangling oversized plastic/glass crystals.) AK is a creeper and a half.

..is KJ wearing RAINBOOTS? Wait, of COURSE he is. Because that's what AK does to all of them! ( http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/misc/2008/ak_bali6.jpg ) At least they're not platform rainboots like poor PSH had to wear, though. XD

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awww.. andre kim's designs are repetitive...but very nicely done though. just look at the detail! lol. but it reminds me of manga/manhwa cover art....lol. and they all look so animated lol. but nice. yay for kim joon! hopefully he'll get more acting roles, i'd like to see what his greatest potential can be, rather than just standing in the corner looking pretty. lol.

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