Kim Ji Won’s Fashion in ‘Queen of Tears’ Mirrors Hotel Shilla’s Lee Boo Jin’s Iconic Style

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kim ji won outfit
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In tvN’s drama Queen of Tears, Kim Ji Won‘s portrayal of a chaebol heiress has become a talking point, not just for her compelling performance but for her high-end fashion choices, which have drawn comparisons to the elegant style of Lee Boo Jin, the esteemed president of Hotel Shilla.

On March 22nd, fashion industry insiders highlighted that the black jacket worn by Kim Ji Won in the first episode, which quickly became a subject of interest, was an Alexander McQueen design. The jacket’s sharp shoulder silhouette and eye-catching eyelet decorations are characteristics that Alexander McQueen is celebrated for, known for its bold decorations and prints.

This particular piece brought to mind the fashion choices of Lee Boo Jin, particularly her appearance at the 2022 shareholders’ meeting clad in a black Alexander McQueen jacket, which garnered significant attention. The jacket’s structured shoulders and shoulder decorations were notably similar to the one Kim Ji Won sported.

Lee Boo Jin is known for favoring Alexander McQueen ensembles during shareholders’ meeting seasons, appearing in a pristine white Alexander McQueen suit at the recent meeting. This marked the third occasion, following 2020 and 2022, when she opted for Alexander McQueen looks for these events.

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kim ji won outfit
Credit: Dooeul Scholarship Foundation

The overlap in designer brand choices between the two women has sparked conversations. In the third episode of Queen of Tears, Kim Ji Won’s dressing room scene captivated viewers, which was officially sponsored by the designer brand Dint.

Dint gained prominence when Lee Boo Jin chose a modestly priced two-piece from the brand for a January meeting with scholarship students. The gray two-piece set, complete with a belt, was priced at KRW 119,700 (approx. USD 100), showcasing accessible luxury.

This fashion parallel has led to speculation that Kim Ji Won’s affluent character’s wardrobe might be inspired by Lee Boo Jin’s real-life style. Playing a department store CEO and chaebol heiress, Kim Ji Won has been dazzling viewers with her luxurious fashion choices in every episode.

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