If you’re a fan of the K-drama The King Eternal Monarch (TKEM), then you’re probably feeling a little emotional now that the finale is drawing near. It’s been a thrill witnessing Lee Min Ho star as the dashing intellectual Emperor Lee Gon, and as much as we relished his acting chops, we also admittedly loved seeing him in his regal outfits as the ruler of his kingdom.
His clothes aren’t your typical old-fashioned monarch wardrobe—far from it. Emperor Lee Gon makes sure he looks every inch a modern emperor by donning sharp-tailored pieces in fine fabrics. And naturally, they’re all designer pieces—because what’s more fit for a king than luxurious, well-made clothing? Whether he’s clad in coats or fretting about in his study wearing cool knitted pieces, we’ve definitely fallen in love with Lee Gon’s regal flair.
So to commemorate his sartorial life in TKEM, we decided to round up some of his kingly designer outfits from the show. Okay now, swoon with us!
In Episode 3, Lee Gon gets acquainted with the Republic of Korea in a sleek gray coat from Dior Men’s Fall 2019 collection. He kept the palette muted in a dove gray button-down. It’s a look meant to “blend in” but with his authoritative presence, he definitely stands out!
Lee Gon has a penchant for moody colors like black and navy blue, but that doesn’t mean he plays it up by experimenting with cool details! Here, he doubles down on the monochromatic look by wearing a navy blue Hermès coat and a matching button-down, which both make use of large buttons as statement detail.
Remember Episode 9 when Lee Gon rode through cheering crowds on horseback and later on came face-to-face with Lee Lim? Well, what powered him throughout these tension-filled moments was probably his sophisticated black coat from Dunhill, the brand he’s worn a lot of throughout the show.
Long Formal Cashmere Double Breasted Coat, price unavailable, BERLUTI, berluti.com
Episode 10 was heartbreaking as Lee Gon lost his only family, Prince Buyeong. The aggrieved Lee Gon wore a black Berluti double-breasted cashmere coat to the funeral, a smart choice for the occasion as it is a discreet and simple yet still dignified piece.
Louis Vuitton and Fendi
Quilted 3D Effect Chain Sweater, £985.00, LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
On a lighter note, here’s another look from Episode 10 that had us reeling! Here, Emperor Lee Gon keeps it playful by wearing a chain-printed woven jacquard sweater from Louis Vuitton with his camel-colored coat from Fendi. It adds a little streetwear touch to an otherwise plain menswear look, don’t you think?
Double-breasted Wool Coat, $3970, PRADA, prada.com
This look from Episode 12 proves how Lee Gon is open to trying out different designer labels. Here, he looks smashing in a classic double-breasted beige coat from Prada, which he wore with a matching nude turtleneck.
Bonus: Kim Seo Ryong
We can’t discuss Lee Gon’s fashion choices without mentioning his iconic outfit from the poster. Yup, that velvet blue coat that makes him look like Prince Charming. Well, it’s made by none other than Kim Seo Ryong, who is also responsible for many of Lee Gon’s regal robes as well as a few suits and coats.