A final shout-out to Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli, whose show wound around Paris’s Carreau du Temple, allowing café goers, passersby, and other “normal people” to take it all in. Seeing the collection through outsiders’ eyes was a reminder, in case we needed one, that fashion really can be a vehicle for joy. “It has been such a tough moment,” Piccioli told Vogue Runway’s Sarah Mower. “That’s why I decided to get Valentino into a new dimension: life.”Outside at the spring 2022 Valentino show If the plot twists and turns of the Netflix hit *Squid Game* had you hanging by the edge of your seat, you aren’t alone. Since its debut in September, the series has moved from hit to cultural phenomenon, quickly becoming the most streamed original program ever to grace the platform. Fast-paced and gore filled, the nine episodes created by writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk kept everyone guessing until the very end—even the cast. For Hoyeon Jung—who plays secretive pickpocket Kang Sae-byeok, a.k.a. Competitor 067—the mystery began during auditions. “I only received three parts of the script before the audition,” she shared via email from Seoul. “They contained the scenes with Sae-byeok’s younger brother, the broker dealing with North Korea, and the conversation with Gi-Hun in the second-to-last episode. I didn’t have much context; I had to use my imagination to fill in the blanks.”
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Fleshing out a character as complex as Sae-byeok would be a challenge for a seasoned performer, but Squid Game was Jung’s acting debut. Already a familiar face in the world of fashion, the 27-year-old has modeled for brands like Chanel, Bottega Veneta, and Louis Vuitton, which named her its latest global ambassador earlier today. Most models are discovered by someone else, but Jung made her way into the industry by sheer force of will. Originally from Myeonmok-dong, a suburb of Seoul, she worked freelance at Seoul Fashion Week as a teenager, getting cast in shows without help from an agency. Within six years, she’d found representation on her own, placed second in the fourth season of Korea’s Next Top Model, and landed on the cover of Vogue’s Korean edition.