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5 K-pop stars with major fashion influence
by Rohaizatul Azhar

Amber Josephine Liu, 20

Her androgynous look and edgy style make this rapper from girl group f(x) a breath of fresh air compared with the rest of the body-con dressed and mini-skirted brigade.

She stands out in menswear-inspired ensembles, such as graphic print tees and hoodies paired with skinny jeans, leather leggings and baggy drop-crotch shorts.

Get her look: Go for menswear-inspired suits or an oversized varsity jacket paired with super-skinny jeans.

Complete the ensemble with a pair of combat boots for a more rugged street-style vibe.

Choi Seung Hyun, 25

Bigbang's rapper, also known as T.O.P often looks like he has stepped right off the catwalk. He prefers clean looks that feature streamlined silhouettes - but that does not mean that he is boring.

His eclectic style ranges from wearing preppy tailored suits from Thom Browne to biker jackets from Balmain and Givenchy. His accessories of choice - studded Christian Louboutin Rollerboy loafers and Clark Kent-style glasses.

Get his look: Go preppy with brightly coloured sweaters, worn with sleek-cut trousers or skinny jeans, and well-tailored suits. Also, look for jackets with interesting prints and patterns, such as the whale print Thom Browne jacket he wore to the Seoul Music Awards in January. Lens-less horn-rimmed glasses will complete your look.

Kim Jong Hyun, 23

The lead vocalist from K-pop boy band Shinee is big on street style, often seen in T-shirts and skinny jeans accessorised with brightly coloured beanies and funky high-cut sneakers from Givenchy and Jeremy Scott for Adidas.

He also likes colour coordinating his ensembles.

Earlier this month, he was photographed at Incheon International Airport all decked out in blue - from his trucker cap to his Prada creepers.

Get his look: Statement jackets are a must if you want to emulate his look. The K-pop star likes bright-coloured jackets or those with patterns and embellished with studs. Invest in a collection of trucker caps, especially those from Boy London and New York Yankees.

Choi Soo Young, 23

She is considered the most fashionable member of Girls' Generation for her stylish off-duty ensembles. When the 1.72m-tall lead dancer and rapper is not sporting the nine-member group's onstage "uniform" of short shorts and girly get-ups, her style is more grown-up chic - think fitted blazers over skinny jeans, frilly Red Valentino dresses and sleek and sophisticated head-to-toe black.

No wonder she has scored a number of editorial spreads in fashion glossies, including the South Korean editions of Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar.

Get her look: Pair jackets and dresses with sneakers or brogues in cheery sorbet hues. When choosing pants, always opt for skinny jeans or those that are tapered to show off slender legs.

Lee Chae Rin, 22

Better known as CL, the leader of girl group 2NE1 is regarded by K-pop fans as the most fashionable female K-pop star for her ever-changing edgy-yet-sexy style, which can go from leather leggings and printed Givenchy T-shirts to Versace leather bustiers and Balmain embellished jackets with high-heeled ankle boots and fishnet stockings.

A regular in fashion magazine spreads, she is also a good friend and muse of American designer Jeremy Scott and can often be seen wearing off-the-runway looks from the 38-year-old designer's latest collections.

In February, 2NE1's official fan site, Blackjack, reported that the petite star was introduced to French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac by American rapper Kanye West. This was later confirmed by the designer on his Instagram account. It is said that de Castelbajac is working with 2NE1 for stage costumes.

Get her look: Loud printed baggy T-shirts paired with equally loud leggings and worn with brightly coloured and embellished sneakers. Also, leather and embellished jackets worn with high-waisted shorts and heels. Don't forget the fake eyelashes and lots of eyeliner.

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