‘Newtro’: The Lifestyle Trend That’s Sweeping Across Korea | Clozette

Ever wanted to wear smokey eye makeup during the day just because? You’re in luck: the Newtro trend will make it possible to do just that. Newtro is a distinct youth culture trend hailing from Korea. It encompasses their music, fashion, and beauty while having also spread to food and home living. The word comes from the combination of words ‘new’ and ‘retro’, as the style takes heavy inspiration from the ‘80s to the early ‘00s while adding a modern twist to by-gone trends.

Women wearing Hanbok

Right now, the world is in love with viewing the past with a sense of nostalgia and this new trend is not an exception. Young Koreans are revisiting vintage clothing, design styles, and food while giving them a very trendy twist in the process. From modern takes on the traditional hanbok to reviving muted neutral makeup looks that were popular during the ‘90s, stylish Koreans in their 20s to early 30s can be seen sporting such looks on the streets. The culture can be taken as their way of rediscovering and reinterpreting a vintage-tinted lifestyle, through the lens of media, their own childhood, and their parents’ memories of the time.

In music, the Newtro trend can be seen in the K-pop group DIA’s mini-album titled after the trend. It features some ‘80s- and ‘90s-inspired styling and fashion. It is still very on-trend and relatable to the modern viewer, but with some notable "vintage" aspects such as the font used on the album cover that just screams retro.

Media is also a huge proponent to the trend. Similar to how Peaky Blinders sparked a renewed interest in early 20th-century clothing and design styles in the UK, Korea’s Newtro can be traced back to the popular 2018 K-drama Mr. Sunshine. The show is a period drama set in 19th-century Hanseong, the original name of their capital city Seoul, which had people — locals and tourists alike — wearing period costumes and paying visits to city districts that have managed to retain traditional architectural styles such as Seoul’s Bukchon Hanok Village. Inspired by the costumes worn in the K-drama, young Koreans would either buy, rent, or make period-inspired clothing with a contemporary twist.

You could also see Newtro’s presence in interior design. Cafés in Seoul would add vintage touches to their shop, from antique furniture in dark wooden tones to retro-inspired décors like pictures and radios to vintage-looking glassware used in serving your desserts. One such cafe is Coffee Hanyakbang, which is styled like dabang, a traditional Korean coffee house, from the Japanese colonial period. The creaky wooden floors with vintage furnishings certainly add nice aesthetics and a cosy vibe to a place where you want to relax and have a good cup of coffee.

While Newtro is distinctly Korean in nature, the renewed enthusiasm in everything retro and vintage is quite a universal phenomenon. Millennials and Gen Z are constantly revisiting past trends, design styles, and culture. This is in stark contrast to the fast-paced, digitally centred life at present. Though we often tend to see history through rose-coloured lenses, we’re still channelling and sharing it through social media. It’s an interesting mix of technology and history, one we’re eagerly keeping an eye on as it continues to develop and evolve through time.

While we’re here, discover more about the trends of nostalgia in fashion.



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It’s the start of another month! The spooky season is finally ending and this means we can finally focus on the upcoming holiday season. We know you’re excited for all the festive gifts and holiday trips the season will bring about, so we’re giving you more to look forward to. From HBO working on a new Game of Thrones prequel titled House of the Dragon to the launch of Alber Elbaz x Tod’s Happy Moments Collection — here are the latest bites you’ll be hyped to hear.

Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, gets an HBO series order

After deciding to cancel their initial Naomi Watts-led prequel, HBO announces a different one set in Westeros. Called the House of the Dragon, the upcoming series will focus on the House of Targaryen. The Game of Thrones prequel is rumoured to be set 300 years before the events that transpired in the series and will show the origins of the house. Like the original series, this 10-episode project will be based on George R.R. Martin’s book; this time, Fire & Blood. Excited? Let’s hope this one will do better justice to the lore of the books.

Jennifer Aniston hints at another Friends reunion

Keeping her fans guessing seems to be one of Jennifer Aniston’s mission in life this week. During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show last Monday, the actress spilled that she and the other Friends cast are “working on something”. Then, when she guested on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she hinted on the secret project again but remained tight-lipped on the juicy details. But, sorry die-hard fans, it won’t be a reboot — she made that clear, and so have the rest of the cast in the past. While no one knows yet for sure what’s in store for us, we can’t help but feel so excited to see the gang together again. Would it be a vlog, a movie, or a wholly different series? What do you think?

Support women’s rights at NomadX with Marymond By Peapods this weekend

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Now that you've had your fill of entertainment bites, what’s the sitch in the world of fashion? If you’re looking to do something fun yet meaningful this weekend, head off to NomadX Connect on NomadX Level 3. Check out the Marymond By Peapods products adorned by artworks of female survivors of World War II and spend an afternoon packed with enjoyable activities this 2 November from 12PM to 6PM. Aside from getting your much-needed retail therapy guilt-free with all the exclusive discounts, you’ll also get to support women’s rights and the victims of the war. 

10 iconic “Singapore Story” dresses are up for grabs

Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc)’s inaugural TENCEL Fashion Design Competition started with more than 150 designers who took up the challenge to show their creativity and skills by designing a dress inspired by the theme “Singapore Story”. Now, the competition is nearing the Grand Finale, to be held at Design Orchard this 14 November. At this point of the competition, the 10 finalists are now looking to the fashion mavens of Singapore for support as they make their iconic designs available to the public. The finalist whose dress obtains 20 pre-orders will get their first taste as a fashion entrepreneur, with their creation produced and delivered to buyers. Support your homegrown artists and grab their dresses starting from SGD80 here.

Alber Elbaz x Tod’s Happy Moments Collection is finally in the PH

The launch of Alber Elbaz x Tod’s Happy Moments Collection and the announcement of the new Game of Thrones Prequel are just some of the latest news this week.

Those in the Philippines who want to do their holiday shopping a bit early to avoid the impending Christmas rush can check out the latest collections from Tod's at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Shangri-La, and Shangri-La Plaza. Aside from their latest Fall/Winter 2019 Collection, Tod’s has launched their Happy Moments Collection in collaboration with Alber Elbaz in the Philippines. The Israeli fashion designer gave his own spin to the Tod’s DNA with this capsule collection by giving them a bright, modern look. His fresh and energising designs attempt to illustrate and inspire life’s happiness. 

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