Sohyun Yung on Vogue Magazine

A regular in street style photos, Jung frequently pairs unexpected elements within her outfits—like a vintage leopard-print jacket worn with Adidas track pants and black platform boots—and looks great doing so. Her personal style is all about a laid-back and layered look, a philosophy reflected in the brands she cites as favorites (everything from Korean streetwear labels like Kye to Urban Outfitters to the understated elegance of Céline). Here, the rising star talks dressing for each destination, how her signature haircut sets her apart, and the fashion moment that most impressed her parents.

Photographed by Phil Oh

On packing for Fashion Week:

“If you open up my carry-on, it’s like Tetris. I’m jamming everything in since I’m traveling all over the place, and there are, of course, different trends in different places. You don’t really know in advance if something will look weird once you arrive in a new destination. Different things tend to work depending on the style of each place, so I pack the basics—black jeans, my favorite T-shirts with great prints—stuff that’s easy to layer and style but can also look good if I decide to go out.”

On looking great in street style photos:

“It’s all about layering and paying attention to the practical details. If you’ve got a show in the morning, it could be cold, but then it could warm up later in the afternoon. You want to bring a jacket that will look good if you’re wearing it or if you just have it hanging over your arm. Everything has to be versatile, and by paying attention to the base layer, you’re also going to make sure that you look cool even if you’re just wearing a T-shirt and jeans.”

Photo: Courtesy of Nikki Krecicki

On her signature buzz cut:

“My hair has always been pretty short, but there was something about going this short that felt new. At first there were moments of ‘What did I do?’ and ‘How do I style this?’ But with time, I got used to it. Plus, the reaction from everyone has been so wonderful and positive. Another reason why I like it is because there isn’t really another visible model who has this exact cut, so it helps me stand out.”

On the one item she’d love to get her hands on:

“Working in the industry, you see how quickly trends go. Something new is coming all the time, so there are always things that I want to buy. If I had to pick, though, it would be a pair of Céline pants that I wore at the fitting. They had a wide leg and were in this beautiful lightweight fabric. On the side, they had this pattern of monkeys that was really cute. I fell in love with them, but unfortunately, they didn’t make it into the final show. I asked someone on the fitting team who was Korean if they might ever be produced–I’m still thinking about those pants!”

Photographed by Phil Oh

On working toward her moment:

“I started with Alexander Wang, which was a dream come true. The vibe of the show was so fun and cool, plus the clothes were my style. Looking back, I’m so grateful to Alexander. Doing that show and getting my hair cut really changed my image, and I think the combination of those two things was really what launched me. I love doing shows and being in the backstage environment—I think it’s my favorite thing. I modeled in Korea for four years before I went abroad, so to see how things have changed from when I first started and continue to change has been exciting.”

On the one fashion show that impressed Mom and Dad:

“Last season was amazing and a great experience. My parents are a little older, so they don’t know the newer brands, but since I walked a lot of shows, I was able to work with brands that everyone knows. When you walk Chanel, that’s something your mom can tell her friends about!”

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