*** UPDATED with Elle Korea’s short film of “Cold City Guy” Seunggi. Love it! ***
Elle Korea finally broadcast the accompanying video/short film! LSGfan was totally anticipating this! Thanks Elle! Has such a sad, melancholy but beautiful feel to it…
Short Film~ Nothing on Me. Cold City Guy Lee Seung Gi. New York City.
(Images: Elle Korea, Video: leeseunggiworld)
And Seunggi’s New York City diary, in his own words…
That Man’s Monologue.
On the lively downtown streets of New York,
Lee Seung Gi starts his monologue.
The City’s early morning air permeates through the window crevice.
I hurriedly left the Thompson Hotel. It was as if the bustling New York streets from last night had not gone anywhere as the Lower East Side was beginning to awaken. One step, two step, slowly picking up speed, I rushed off to Allen Street. About one hour passed? The cool air pounded my head and my chest. Nothing came to mind. I didn’t have confusing thoughts either. This is also the same in Seoul, as I daily walk out in the morning and when I return late in the evening. There’s no reason to walk around carrying your worries in advance. Upon reaching the 2nd floor restaurant, everyone is in the middle of breakfast. Greetings among knowing faces and New York’s fickle weather, apart from that, the rest exchanging trivial news here and there. A little after 20 minutes, I head up to the room.
Now the day begins.
The stylist starts to work on my hair, and I think about what I’m supposed to do today. Talk among the staff is audible, I tend to be sparing in my words unless the talk is directed specifically at me. On 1 Night 2 Days, I end up talking in a loud voice as soon as I wake up. However, ordinarily I try not to talk as much. The voice in itself is important and a delicate instrument.
1 Night 2 Days and Strong Heart. I have gained many things by regularly doing both programs. Although one’s personal ability is important, I realized how important working together with ‘people who are good at what they do’ is and how important teamwork is. However, it’s also true that I gave up on various opportunities because of this.
Arrived at Union Square.
I cross the street and head to the park. I sit on the bench to catch my breath and there are quite a few people who recognize me. It’s okay to know that there are ‘watching eyes’ anywhere. I feel I’ve become more resolute about the watchful eyes of others. In the past when I would see a news article or comments, I would think “Huh? This was criticized? I need to be careful.” I used to be daunted like that. Now, the frequency of those moments are far less. That I’m mature and more grown-up unlike my age? I hear that a lot. Because the so-called entertainer has become a little more seasoned. Honestly, I was a beginner even when I was starting out. Talking with the hyungs was like that, it was incredibly hard. There’s a 17 year age gap between me and Kang Ho Dong hyung. There’s also about a 7-8 year age difference with the others. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy now. I’ve developed affection, and it’s become comfortable too, so it’s to say that I’ve come to know how I need to act.
Eating a late lunch at ‘August’ in Greenwich Village.
I’ve crossed from east to west along Bleeker Street. Somehow this area feels familiar and I take in each and every aspect of it. Inside the bar, I make eye contact with some of the foreign patrons. They chuckle. Thoughts and greetings are exchanged just from eye to eye. I think of the words that I heard the most while filming dramas. “Your eyes are great.” “I can understand what you’re trying to say through your eyes.” The best compliment I like to hear. Early on, everyone looked at me and said I did not have the face of an actor. One filming director, half joking-half serious, even said, “It could not have been an actor’s face even as recent as 1990, but the world has gotten better and thus it is possible.”
Walking in the Gansevoort Hotel and The Standard Hotel vicinity.
As I ponder about whether this day is going well. I am not the type to listen to yes or no comments on site. This is probably because I don’t tend to do that, but I can’t necessarily say that this is always a good thing. In the past, I was impatient. That was a problem for me ever since I was young. I was above average in everything. That life had its ups and downs, and talk that a lot of relationship experience deepened one’s acting and singing worried me. I think it’s been about 3 years? Many people have been asking if I am dating, saying they had a good feeling about it. I learned at that time. ‘Ah, there’s no reason to be fixated on experience!’ There’s no need to artificially work in order to purposely create experience, and there’s no need to avoid it either. Various experiences in life will come naturally to me in the future, and those that are unintended should pass over me.
Arrived in Soho.
The weather is still very chilly. People on their way home walk quickly and whizz by. Standing in front of the subway station, I stare out blankly at those people. In order not to stop the flow of traffic and find my way through. Following my debut as an 18-year old singer, although it appears as if things have developed well with no big hurdles, honestly there were times when I felt really hopeless. I longed to become number one no matter what, while seeking out a higher position. However, having experienced that sort of difficult time early on, I am unwavering now. Talk that people are unable to recover from their characters following their projects is a luxury for me. There is some of that in my personal life too. Exercising, going around eating delicious foods, also watching movies, receiving skin care treatment. However, this is all organically connected to my work. I’m sure a time will come when an escape will be needed from work. I believe you just need to know that time will be forthcoming.
At some point it became dark out.
I’ve returned to the hotel. As I inserted my plastic card, the door clanked open. Walking through the dark sitting room, I immediately plopped my body on the bed. I must have forgotten to close the window when I left. The curtain faintly fluttered as a palm-sized breeze seeped in.
I’ve been waiting for Elle Korea to profile this feature. First of all, I was TOTALLY surprised he was staying at the hip, trendy 60 Thompson! Good for Seunggi! But, um, totally not what you think of when you think of Seunggi! Haha. It’s all good, that’s what makes me like him. Why do I have a sneaky suspicion Elle Korea booked him there, and not Hook! I would be SO surprised if Teacher Lee Sun Hee and Captain Hook also stayed there! Not trying to insult their style sense… I’m just saying…
Loved this photoshoot so much! Even more than the beloved Ceci Magazine shoot! Probably because this was set in NYC and I knew exactly what Seunggi was talking about when he mentioned all those specific locations! Elle Korea definitely chose a great area! A particularly fashionable and stylish area… hopefully Seunggi’s Cody tagged along and learned a thing or two!
The photoshoot locations were in some highly trafficked spots. Also, lots of Koreans in that area (a lot of New York University international students). So I’m sure a lot of people recognized him. But like Seunggi said, most New Yorkers typically just make eye contact with celebs. Either too cool to spazz (LOL!) or you just get used to seeing celebs walking around. I totally should’ve headed over to Soho when I heard about the tweet sighting… and should’ve tried to mistakenly bump into him!
Also love that they scheduled breakfast at August in the Village! I hope Seunggi studied up on his NYC lingo and properly referred to the area as “Gren-itch” instead of its “Green-which” Village spelling! Ha. I’ve eaten there a few times and it’s totally cute and charming. Plus, it’s like one block from the must-stop-in Marc Jacobs store.
I’m just SO in love with ALL the fashion and looks for this shoot that I can’t help but to gush about it. Lots of Korean fave labels (Ferragamo, Gucci, Versace, particularly Burberry’s new collection) and some more boutiquish brands. Nice mix. Despite liking the natural and guy-next-door Seunggi type of images, fans seem to really love these chic ‘차도남’ (short for ‘Cold City Guy’) looks and transformations. That’s how Elle Korea’s press release described Seunggi’s fashion shoot. Basically, ‘차도남’ is that cold, ruthless bad boy Kdrama male lead guy that we can’t help but to fall in love with after he totally changes upon meeting some girl he falls completely head over heels for! In other words, a fictitious and unreal figment of our imagination!
As for Seunggi’s monologue, I feel sort of mixed. Seunggi is obviously a better writer and perhaps even more deeper than your typical celebrity. I mean, my Korean isn’t great, but I think he was using like major SAT-ish words! A lot of the words, I’d never heard of! But writing and concept wise, I felt like he was trying a little too hard to be profound, which I’m sure people can’t help but to do in these types of feature profiles. But guys (and people in general) who “try to hard” = annoying. Nevertheless, a lot of what he wrote was so honest and frank… Some of the things he wrote made me sort of sad (just because the pressure he feels on a regular basis is so evident), yet most of what he wrote was really inspiring and thoughtful.
I can only imagine the things that were on his mind during his time in New York City… The Carnegie Hall concert. The relentless press articles rumoring his departure from 1 Night 2 Days and Strong Heart. Rumors about him focusing solely on Japanese activities. And on and on. I’m so glad Seunggi’s first trip to NYC was a memorable one. You can totally tell he was smitten by the City. Hope that he gets a chance to come back for a longer period and take in all the other many sights and activities too!
And of course, the very cool NYC fashion shoot photos…
Black leather jacket, pants, boots (Burberry Prorsum); Grey shirt is from the stylist’s collection.
Black leather jacket, white tshirt, denim pants (Versace)
Beige trench coat, white t-shirt, striped scarf (Salvatore Ferragamo); Pink studded backpack bag (MCM)
Double-breasted trenchcoat, beige scoop neck shirt, denim pants, brown backpack (Burberry Prorsum)
Blue jacket, beige shirt, grey pants, studded black belt (Burberry Prorsum)
Orange trenchcoat (Z Zegna); White shirt (Ermanno Scervino); Khaki pants (Burberry); Loafers and printed briefcase (MCM)
Grey knit cardigan (Emporio Armani); Grey shirt (Gucci); Grey pants (Ermanno Scervino); Navy colored ipad case (MCM)
Double breasted beige trenchcoat, pocketed beige shirt, khaki pants, studded and chained black belt (Burberry Prorsum)
Jacket and grey shirt, blue knit, khaki shorts and brown belt (Gucci); Boots (Ann Demeulemeester); Grey messenger bag (MCM)
Black vinyl trenchcoat, black belted vest (Ann Demeulemeester)
Black leather jacket (Burberry Prorsum); Purple shirt is stylist’s collection
Noticed that Seunggi’s all-Burberry Elle magazine trench outfit is identical to the way it’s modeled head-to-toe for the Burberry Prorsum trench. Nice look…
And if you’re a Burberry fan (like most Koreans, as well as LSGfan), then you probably loved the Burberry Prorsum Women, Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection show streamed live from the lovely Kensington Gardens a few weeks ago in February during London’s Fashion Week. Love the snow falling at the end of the show! So pretty. And I’m SO IN LOVE with all the tops and jackets, especially the white jackets at the end!
Highlights, celeb cut~ Burberry Prorsum Women, Autumn/Winter 2011 Show
btw, Kate Bosworth looks gorgeous! And she just did a movie with Jang Dong Gun!
Burberry Prorsum Women, Autumn/Winter 2011 Show
And not as interesting (what can you say, it’s mens fashion!), but to keep the post Seunggi-related. The Mens fashion show from a month earlier in January. Rain instead of snow at the end. Not as exciting as the womens show but still nice…
Burberry Prorsum Men, Autumn/Winter 2011 Show (from January)
Seunggi’s worn Burberry several times. I’m still amazed his stylist was able to somehow fit Burberry fashion into a real outdoor variety show like 1 Night 2 Days…
And Seunggi (aka Daewoong) in Burberry in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Eps 13-14…
The second Burberry sweater should be unforgettable to DaeWoong and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho fans… Going back to older recap posts made me totally miss the drama! Watched some eps again recently (again!) and it just made me love the drama even more! Can’t wait till Seunggi’s next drama!
And also in the Elle Korea March 2011 fashion special issue~ Ha Ji Won and JYJ’s Jaejoong (not pictured). Hm, hope Seunggi’s wish of working with Ha Ji Won someday comes true. How can anyone not love her?!
(Images: DClsg; As labeled; Videos: Burberry)
Check out larger, high quality photos at DClsg post link
Check out photo slide show at Elle Korea
See related posts:
- Hook Entertainment’s official press release (in its entirety) on rumors about Seunggi’s departure from 1 Night 2 Days
- StarNews is reporting that Seunggi will be leaving 1 Night 2 Days and Strong Heart [Hook Entertainment says this is not true and groundless]
- Hook’s hoobae Lees (Seung Gi and Seo Jin) show support for senior sunbae Lee Sun Hee, Carnegie Hall wrap-up
- Top-secret plans (rumors) on Seunggi’s Japan advancement
See related Fashion & Style posts:
- Seunggi in Irony Porn(o) fashion, Jan 2011 Hanryu Pia cover
- CeCi Magazine [December 2010 issue]
- Seunggi is #2 most suitable guy for the Fall [Engsubs]
- Unpublicized fashion shoot photos from LSG website
- Street casual vs. Affluent preppy [FUBU vs Hanako Mag]
- Latest Japan news [Hanryu Pia, other mag photos, videos]
- Postcards from Tokyo…
- High Cut magazine photo spam + Q&A [Aug 2009]
- Olive names LSG style icon of the month for March
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