CNBlue never fail to disappoint with sartorial choices

So you think all rockers are unshaven and unkempt, like the Nirvana-worshipping grunge kids of the 1990s?

South Korean pop-rock quartet CNBlue, hands down K-pop’s most effortlessly stylish musicians, will overturn your preconceived images of scruffy head-banging wailers, guitar slingers, bass warriors and cymbal crashing timekeepers.

The handsome foursome – leader and frontman Jung Yong Hwa, 23; guitarist Lee Jong Hyun, 22; bassist Lee Jung Shin and drummer Kang Min Hyuk, both 21 – have diligently put out groovy, funk-infused dance-rock numbers such as I’m A Loner and I’m Sorry, and are equally known for their immaculate dressing, spiffy ensembles and perfectly tousled hair.


Be it a smart casual or formal setting, these swoonsome cool cats do not disappoint with their sartorial choices.

Last June, they impressed many with their fashion spread for online retailer, oozing masculinity in zip jackets, vests, skinny jeans and combat boots.

And this January, as CNBlue strutted down the red carpet at the 27th Golden Disk Awards – South Korea’s equivalent of the Grammys – held at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, heads turned at the sight of their eye-catching marine blue tuxedo get-ups.

We can’t wait to see if attire-wise, they’d have any surprises up their sleeves when they head here next month for their highly anticipated concert.

Meanwhile, LOUD takes a candid look at the most fashionable traits of each band member…

Jung Yong Hwa -It’s all in the shoes

Who knew shoes could become a talking point?

Last November, CNBlue’s charismatic lead vocalist created a stir online when photographers snapped him at the airport wearing super shiny sneakers.

The shoes were so blindingly bright that they seemed to be emanating white light.

Shortly after, Jung posted on Twitter that his sneakers were stitched with Scotchlite, a highly reflective, washable material which resists peeling, adding jokingly that he “should wear them more often”.

Lee Jung Shin – It’s all in the pose

This suave bassist could easily carve out a second career as a model.

In his shoot with beauty publication Marie Claire last November, the chiselled star, widely reputed to be a fashionista, admitted: “I really like to shoot fashion pictorials.”

Lee reportedly expressed a keen interest in the design and quality of the clothes he had to wear that day.

Lee Jong Hyun – It’s all in the abs

Meet CNBlue’s steely-eyed beefcake.

In an interview last week with FNC Magazine, the guitarist said that he regularly does “martial arts and weight training” to keep fit.

“It’s actually a secret, but I have ‘king abs’ (referring to his six-pack). Other people probably do not notice it, but I have a good body to show off.”

Kang Min Hyuk – It’s all in the sculpted back

CNBlue’s baby-faced drummer has his share of fanatical teenage gal supporters.

Many were delighted when he boldly bared his tanned and muscular back on KBS television channel’s health programme Vitamin in January.


WHAT: 2013 CNBlue Blue Moon World Tour Live In Singapore

WHERE: Singapore Indoor Stadium

WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 7pm

TICKETS: 108, $138, $168, $198, $228 and $258 from Sistic ( or 6348-5555)

This article was originally published in The New Paper on Tuesday, March 26.

  • cnblueafp28e.jpg South Korean pop rockers CNBlue: (from left) bassist Lee Jung Shin, guitarist Lee Jong Hyun, frontman Jung Yong Hwa and drummer Kang Min Hyuk. — FILE PHOTO: AFP


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Posted by Tara Lee @blue plum blossoms decoded