Last month, fans were thrilled to find out that Sandara Park was in Manila for a brief period – thanks to her Instagram account where the Korean pop star chronicled her activities. Little did they kow that she was here to to do a photo shoot with Penshoppe to join Mario Maurer, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Sean O'Pry as the new face of the brand.
Style Bible visited her during the said photo shoot shot by Cliff Watts (He shot Cara's and Sean's Penshoppe campaigns, too, and flew in from New York for Sandara's.) Wearing a knit vest, a white button-down with Peter Pan collar, skinny jeans, a fedora hat and a pair of oxfords, she gamely answered our questions - in fluent Filipino, by the way. Read on!
STYLE BIBLE: Tell me about your outfit today.
DARA PARK: This look is very Sandara Park – from head to toe. Lahat basic items lang in black and white. Meron pants kanina from the photo shoot na super gusto ko. It’s very hip, very Dara from 2NE1.
SB: Do you have a uniform at the moment?
DP: Yes, meron! Usually, t-shirt and jeans, flats and a hat. Ito yung lagi kong sinusuot since two years ago. I have a lot of fedora hats. Ang dami ko din jeans. Favorite ko yung skinny jeans. And gusto ko ngayon yung rolled up jeans.
SB: When it comes to dressing up, what’s your favorite season?
DP: Winter, definitely. Mas madaming choices. Pag summer you can only choose to wear one or two kasi mainit. Sa winter, pwede mag-layer.
SB: Is there any item in your closet that you couldn’t seem to let go of – even if it’s old and worn out already?
DP: Yung mga sneakers ko. Kahit di ko na sinusuot yung iba parang di ko kaya itapon. Madumi na pero nandyan pa din sila. I just like seeing them there. They’re like my babies. I have a room full of sneakers only, separate pa from the clothes. Every time I see something cute, I buy. I couldn’t stop myself.
SB: How about high heels?
DP: Actually, I don’t wear heels. Only pag may event. Sneakers ako palagi. All kinds of sneakers.
SB: How big is your closet?
DP: Super big. I keep adding closets every year but kulang pa din. Pag wala ako magawa, I just shop. So somebody has to stop me! I love shopping!
SB: How do you organize your clothes?
DP: By style. Pero after a while, hindi na siya organized. (Laughs) Ang hirap mag-organize ng damit, lalo na pag ang dami-dami na. I keep adding and adding clothes. Yung iba binibigay ko sa friends ko but I usually keep my clothes for sentimental reasons. Madaming memories yon.
SB: You tour a lot, you travel a lot – what do you usually wear on the plane?
DP: Depends, pag malapit lang, pag one or two hours lang, I wear anything – kahit heels, skirt. Pero pag malayo, jogging pants. I prefer loose tops – parang boyfriend shirts.
SB: Are you a light packer?
DP: Hindi! (Laughs) Like this time, I brought three luggages – yung pinakamalaki na luggages. Kaya lagi ako may excess baggage. For example, if I travel for a week, yung dinadala ko for one month. So ang dami ko talagang dalang clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses. I have my shampoo, body scrub, lotion, hair blower, hair iron – lahat.
SB: How many outfit changes do you do on a regular day?
DP: Usually, three. Depends on where I’m going. Like yesterday, I went to Greenbelt, eh mainit, so nagpalit ako.
SB: Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction on stage?
DP: Many times. Pero di naman scandalous. Minsan yung shoes ko natatanggal kasi yung dance steps namin sobrang wild. Minsan natatanggal yung heels, but I just pretend nothing happened. I continue dancing.
SB: What’s your fashion motto?
DP: Just be yourself and be confident.