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weddingWhen South Korea swore in its first female president, Park Geun-hye, last month, the proceedings included a speech calling for North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, a 21-gun salute, and a performance of Gangnam Style by Psy, the country’s rap sensation whose YouTube video for the song was not only the first to reach more than one billion views but also a hyper-efficient conduit for introducing Korean style (or, at least, the styles of the Gangnam shopping district) to the rest of the world.
South of the Han in Seoul – the country’s capital and a sprawling concrete megalopolis – Gangnam was known in the 1980s for its art galleries and alternative scene. In the 1990s small stores moved in, which have been followed by major designers (the biggest six are Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Fendi, and Christian Dior), lured by the growing appetite in South Korea for luxury goods.

“Korean fashion culture is developing very fast. Lots of Koreans are trying to express their own personality and sensibility with their clothes,” said designer Lie Sang Bong, whose inspiration is often taken from Korean cultural motifs adapted to create East-meets-West looks worn by Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan, among others.

When asked how Psy’s success has changed the fashion landscape in Korea, Lie San Bong says, “A couple of months ago [the actor and Les Miserables star] Hugh Jackman was trying on a jacket that I gave him and asked, ‘Is this Gangnam style?’ Gangnam Style was a great advertisement of Gangnam in Korea.”

Now a shopper’s paradise, Gangnam is packed with swarms of young people dressed in expensive designer gear on the hipster drag of Garosugil. While global fashion brands have a major presence, local designers are increasingly proving a draw – both at home and abroad.

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Harry Styles Thought Dating Taylor Swift Was Boring? Harry Wants Taylor 1D3D Movie Scenes Deleted.

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Harry Styles and Taylor Swift breakup news has mostly fizzled, but every once in awhile, a new report comes out about “the real reason they broke up.”

This new report paints Harry as a total jerk, as he is rumored to have told Taylor she was “boring”–and then they were dunzo.HollywoodLife.com reports that, according to Us Weekly, Taylor and Harry got in a fight, and Hazza left, returning to say, “I went to get drinks without you because you’re so f**king boring.”

And then Taylor reportedly took off. End scene.

Believe it?In other news, Haylor are never, ever getting back together–which we pretty much already knew, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com that “Harry is beyond over Taylor.”
The source adds, “He doesn’t talk about her, he doesn’t talk to her and he doesn’t want to be with her ever again. He has moved on!”
We figured that was the case…and, in fact, Harry may be so over Taylor that he doesn’t even want any footage of Taylor in the new 1D3D movie.
In Touch (via Sugarscape.com) reports that Harry wants scenes that include Taylor deleted from the movie, with a source noting, “He thinks Taylor’s being childish. He really thought that she of all people would value another celebrity’s privacy.”

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Mass. court: Abuse law can apply to online dating.

Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday ruled that substantive dating relationships developed and maintained using instant messaging, Skype, emails and other electronic communications are subject to the state’s domestic abuse laws.

The Supreme Judicial Court made the ruling in overturning a restraining order against a British man who was 24 when he developed a relationship with a 16-year-old Massachusetts girl after she visited London in 2011.

The court said Gregory James Compton was not a threat to the girl, in overturning the restraining order the girl’s father had obtained against Compton under the state’s domestic abuse law.Mistreatment stemming from relationships formed online and through other means of electronic communications are not specifically identified in Massachusetts’ domestic abuse law.

In its decision posted online, the court said its ruling “reflects the changing nature of relationships and, specifically, the fact that an increasing number of relationships, including ones involving teenagers, are being conducted electronically.”

Compton used real-time electronic communications to maintain the relationship with the teen after she returned home, professing his love for her, discussing the age of consent for sex and planning a trip to Massachusetts for a “sneaky sleepover” while he was in town. He also talked about having a conversation in his hotel room “with somthing gd in our hands,” an apparent reference to drinking alcohol.

The high court, on its own initiative, took the case from a lower court. Its ruling Wednesday said the domestic abuse law “must be interpreted to protect all who are in a substantive dating relationship from abuse, regardless of whether the relationship was developed or conducted by the use of technology.”

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