Why Model Seung Joon Ahn Was the Breakout Star
Why Model Seung Joon Ahn Was the Breakout Star of Seoul Fashion Week At Seoul Fashion Week, its not uncommon to see businessmen in three-piece suits craning over crowds to snap iPhone photos of models, or girls skipping school to catch a glimpse of-and beg for selfies with�their favorite idols. So when Seung Joon Ahn enters Dongdaemun Design Plazas Juan Valdez Cafe, the hushed, excited whispers are a welcome relief from what would otherwise be ear-shattering screams.
Ahn, 20, sits down to meet me, squeezing his 6-foot-2-inch frame into one of the coffee shops small chairs. Hes come straight from walking in a pinstriped shorts suit and Nikes at Ordinary People-his last show of 16-but has changed into his typical streetwear uniform: a slick navy Supreme bomber, American Apparel short-sleeved turtleneck, A.P.C. pants, and Wtaps loafers. "I like to wear them a little big," Ahn says sheepishly, showing me the wiggle room left by the heels, "so that theyre easy to slip on and off." No surprise, with all the fittings and changes hes had to squeeze in for Fashion Weeks Spring 2016 season. And what a season it was. Whether in a bright berry blue suit at SJYP or an abstract pink origami one at Kim Seo Ryong, Ahn was a total breakout star, one of the few male models asked to walk a number of womens shows, too. His turn at Kim Seo Ryong was particularly special. "That was my first time opening a show, and it was Kim Seo Ryong," he says, smiling. "That was a big moment for me."