Lipstick, fried chicken, and more trends inspired by dramas

Strange trends that caught on with the broadcast of these dramas

Strange trends that caught on with the broadcast of these dramas
Strange trends that caught on with the broadcast of these dramas
11 Mar 2015

Strange trends that caught on with the broadcast of these dramas

Signs you’ve been struck by the drama ‘viral’ effect:  you procured a bright pink lippie last year, once owned a sparkly sequined tracksuit that is – if not donated to the Salvation Army – currently stashed in the darkest corners of your wardrobe now, and last but not least, used to swear by hairbands as the must-have hair accessory to complete your outfit of the day.

If you identify with any one (or all) of the above statements, welcome to the gang – the gang where one’s life choices are dictated and influenced by the humans who live in the 40-inch television at home. 

Korean fried chicken and beer from You Who Came From The Stars
Korean fried chicken and beer from You Who Came From The Stars
11 Mar 2015

Korean fried chicken and beer from You Who Came From The Stars

Cold winter nights will never be the same again, thanks to a line uttered by the drama’s female lead, Cheong Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun), who was craving for some chimek (chi for chicken and maek for maekju which means beer in Korean) to celebrate the first snowfall of the year. 

“It’s snowing outside, this calls for fried chicken and beer,” she said.

What followed was an insane surge in demand for chimek – especially in China. The Chinese nation was so gripped with the fried-chicken-and-beer food frenzy that the food term trended on Weibo for as long as the drama’s broadcast period. Over in Hallyu-crazy Singapore where the only type of snow we get is artificial white fluff at Snow City, drama aficionados rushed to satiate cravings for KFC (Korean fried chicken) and beer all the same – snowfall or not, making it the hippest meal to be seen eating on Instagram to date.

Hot pink lipstick from You Who Came From The Stars
Hot pink lipstick from You Who Came From The Stars
11 Mar 2015

Hot pink lipstick from You Who Came From The Stars

A certain pink shade of Yves Saint Lauren lipstick (to be exact, Rouge Pur Couture #52) flew off the shelves of beauty counters and remained sold out for a few good months, even after the drama ended, all because the lead actress was seen wearing that gorgeous cherry pink lippie in the drama. This is probably, by far, the most effective non-intentional beauty campaign ever.   

Sparkly blue tracksuit from Secret Garden
Sparkly blue tracksuit from Secret Garden
11 Mar 2015

Sparkly blue tracksuit from Secret Garden

It was a fashion trend no one saw coming. Sparkly, specifically, sequined midnight blue tracksuits became the must-have fashion item during the broadcast of Korean drama Secret Garden after its chaebol male lead (Hyun Bin) was seen wearing them more than once. Nevermind that the suit is super ostentatious and gaudy – to a certain extent – it’s branded, hand-stitch and Italian-made. To date, the sequined suit lives on and has been seen on idols and in gag shows.

Curly perm from Boys Over Flowers
Curly perm from Boys Over Flowers
11 Mar 2015

Curly perm from Boys Over Flowers

To play Domyoji Tsukasa, the iconic character from the hit manga-turned-drama series Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers), Lee Minho had to perm his naturally straight hair to achieve the tight ringlet-look that his character had. Admittedly, not the most flattering or desirable hairstyle on anyone – unless your age falls in the range of 50 years old and above, it still baffles us that the ‘perma’ went on to become the most sought after ‘it’ hairstyle in Korea for men, ages 5 to 50.

Tau Sar Piah from Blessings
Tau Sar Piah from Blessings
11 Mar 2015

Tau Sar Piah from Blessings

As a foodie nation, whatever airs on TV – especially if it is 20 episodes long – is naturally bound to catch on with viewers. This case, the food in question is mung bean pastry or tau sar piah, a traditional Teochew snack that its lead actors were actively seen making and selling in their family business on the show. While there weren’t reports of the pastries flying off the shelves like hotcakes as a result of the drama, our office had it for tea – two days in a row. Its ability to incite food cravings must mean something right?

Peranakan-anything from the The Little Nyonya
Peranakan-anything from the The Little Nyonya
11 Mar 2015

Peranakan-anything from the The Little Nyonya

Peranakan food, footwear and even its fashion became in trend again after the entire nation was gripped with The Little Nyonya craze when the series aired in 2008. A show which dates back to the early 1930s and aimed to introduce a lesser-known culture to modern day Singaporeans, ratings for the show went through the roof and hit 1.67million viewers at its peak. You know love for the culture has reached fever-pitch when your kids request to dress up as little nyonyas for racial harmony day at school.

Tours to Korea from Winter Sonata
Tours to Korea from Winter Sonata
11 Mar 2015

Tours to Korea from Winter Sonata

Folks who have been on tour to Korea with their mums and aunts can identify with this must-see-and-must-do itinerary:  visiting the various filming locations of Winter Sonata on Nami Island. Other than giving Korean culture a big boost, the series also had a hand in rejuvenating the country’s tourism as drama fans flocked to worship the ground and paths its lead stars once sauntered on. There are even cast-iron statues of its lead actors found all over the island for photo-taking opportunities, with drama tours still being done today, 13 years after the drama first aired.

Nami Island will never be the same again. ‘nuff said.

The Rachel hairstyle from Friends
The Rachel hairstyle from Friends
11 Mar 2015

The Rachel hairstyle from Friends

Will we ever see the last of this very iconic hairstyle? Never. During the show’s run (1994 to 2004), it sparked a hair craze amongst women and was once the most sought after look. 11 years on, after the last episode of the hit American TV series aired, Jennifer Aniston’s then-trademark look for her character Rachel Green, which consists of an immaculately blown and layered bob’do, lives on in various shoulder-length incarnations.

Hairbands from Gossip Girl
Hairbands from Gossip Girl
11 Mar 2015

Hairbands from Gossip Girl

A teen drama adapted from the same-name novella series, Gossip Girls puts the opulent lifestyle of the rich under a magnifying glass as its characters, who mostly hail from wealthy families and reside in the Upper East Side of the east coast, grapple with first world problems. As the most popular fashion-centric TV series in the noughties after Sex and the City, everything from clothes, bags, shoes and hairstyles that were adorned by the characters found its way to style bibles of teenage girls and young working adults all around the world. Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) hairbands included.

Card shuffling method from The Unbeatables
Card shuffling method from The Unbeatables
11 Mar 2015

Card shuffling method from The Unbeatables

Here’s something most kids from the 90s who grew up watching one too many episodes of The Unbeatables will endeavor to do. Every year during Chinese New Year, when we sit down with relatives for a good ol’ game of ban luck (black jack), there’s bound to be someone who’d attempt to flex his or her card shuffling skills with the riffle shuffle method a.k.a. the cool cat way of shuffling cards by splitting them into two decks and riffling the deck between your hands which would usually end up 1) unimpressively messy or 2) folded. 

Teddy bears from Goong (Princess Hours)
Teddy bears from Goong (Princess Hours)
11 Mar 2015

Teddy bears from Goong (Princess Hours)

Remember the drama’s cute end sequences that featured its characters as tiny teddy bear dolls mimicking an iconic scene in said episode? Well, teddy bears were never seen the same way again after that. Apart from having a museum all to themselves in Jeju Island and Namsan Tower, these furry toys, often dressed in traditional Korean costumes, soon infiltrated street stalls and gift shops to become one of the most commonly gifted souvenirs amongst friends. Just so you know, the bear that Goong’s female protagonist hugs in the show can be found seated on a throne of its own in the museum. How royal.

Mooncakes from Moonlight Resonance
Mooncakes from Moonlight Resonance
11 Mar 2015

Mooncakes from Moonlight Resonance

Who’d have thought a family makjang drama about two divorcees running rivaling mooncake businesses could create this much hype about a calorie-laden goodie? Apart from the usual melodramatic storyline, Moonlight Resonance also served as a good promotional vehicle for mooncakes.  It helped that the TV drama’s broadcast date was perfectly timed to coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival and gave people all the more excuse to lug back extra boxes of fancy mooncakes.

Korean food from Dae Jung Geum (Jewel in the Palace)
Korean food from Dae Jung Geum (Jewel in the Palace)
11 Mar 2015

Korean food from Dae Jung Geum (Jewel in the Palace)

Inarguably the drama that put Korean cuisine on the map and introduced it to the rest of the world, Dae Jung Geum showcased what Korea had to offer, food wise, through its palace stories about a young kitchen cook’s perilous journey to become the first female physician in the country. A cultural and culinary delight to watch, the show was broadcasted in a total of 90 countries and is recognised as one of the pioneers that kick-started the Korean Wave. 

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