Kim Jae-wook's fashion choices in "Her Private Life" have taken a turn for the stately. Lately he has been seen wearing an all black outfit. This symbolically coincides with his character, Ryan Gold, taking a more assertive role in his relationship with Deok-mi, played as always by Park Min-young.
But Kim Jae-wook isn't just wearing these clothes to signify authority. They're also an indication that he is taking the relationship more seriously, and wanting to talk about serious things. In general Ryan Gold's suits have been lighter in color to communicate a lighter mood. In the context of a serious fight, such clothing would not be appropriate.
Another variation we can see on the black clothing here is the jacket with gold personalized stitching. This contains the same kind of authoritative air as the pure black clothing, but because it is more personal and iconic, this jacket makes a strong impression when given to Deok-mi. We can see that she is wearing his jacket, because he gave it to her, because she needed it, and her needs trump his own. At least in regards to the jacket.
Kim Jae-wook's stylist has said that such dignified clothing is important for Kim Jae-wook because he's not the kind of person who can wear anywear. Such casual clothing clashes with his natural charisma. The name of the jacket is the Chevron Jacket With Gold Braid from the 2019 SS Collection by Saint Laurent.
Written by William Schwartz
"Her Private Life" is directed by Hong Jong-chan, written by Kim Hye-young, and features Park Min-young, Kim Jae-wook, Ahn Bo-hyun, One, Kim Bo-ra, Park Jin-joo. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/04/10~Now airing, Wed, Thu 21:30 on tvN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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