With summer approaching (*ominous thunder sound*), it’s finally time to write about this K-Drama! Memories of the Alhambra premiered on tvN on December 1, 2018, and is currently available on Netflix. This 16-episode fantasy drama is about an AR game that turns deadly. In addition to an engaging story with details that only gamers can relate to, the drama also boasts stunning CG, fierce battling from Hyun Bin, and picturesque sceneries of Spain. What’s not to love?
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The screenplay is written by Song Jae-jung whose works include Nine: 9 Times Time Travel and W, so you can expect a roller coaster ride. Yoo Jin-woo (played by Hyun Bin) is the CEO of J-One Holdings, a company that creates smart contact lenses for AR. He travels to Granada to meet the creator (EXO’s Park Chan-yeol) of a groundbreaking AR game, but is haunted by non-player characters (NPC) that threaten his real life. He must work with the missing creator’s sister Hee-ju (Park Shin-hye) to solve the mystery.
This drama is more of a bromance than a romance as it mainly focuses on how Jin-woo’s closest acquaintances turn against him. Park Shin-hye is, nonetheless, too pretty to be missed. Her boho outfits in the first seven episodes are worth borrowing if you’re planning a summer vacation, and her gypsy look as the NPC Emma is breathtaking. Everything in the drama may be an illusion, but Park Shin-hye’s beauty is for real!
When she is the hostess of Bonita Hostel, Hee-ju wears plenty of longline shirts, either by themselves or as light cover-up over short-sleeve tees. She wears a teal and red shirtdress when she first meets Jin-woo. She also dons several longline shirts and midi shirtdresses in monochrome, checks or stripes during her time in Granada. These are often matched with skinny jeans and loafers or espadrilles.
This look is a failsafe vacay combo when you’re heading for somewhere warm. The set keeps you cozy without exposing too much skin so you’re protected from the sun and insect bites. Some churches and temples also require you to dress in clothing that covers your arms and legs, and that’s when the shirts and skinnies come into play.
When Hee-ju’s not in longline shirts, she wears embroidered peasant blouses that suit her role as the Cinderella of the story. Often crafted from breezy linen blends, these blouses are a heaven-sent during the hottest of days. Hee-ju’s blouses are often embroidered with tiny patterns and finished with a drawcord or scalloped neckline, making her look even more ethereal.
Loafers & Espadrilles
Hee-ju usually wears raffia-colored embroidered espadrilles or a white pair of buckled loafers. As a part-time tour guide, she has to walk quite a lot so comfort is key. She puts slippers on when at her hostel.
There aren’t a lot of scenes where Hee-ju wears fancy dresses, but when she does, she slays. For Hee-ju’s 27th birthday, she dresses herself up in a ruffled lavender dress, matched with white heels and a white strap watch that complete the look in a clean palette. She wears a surplice wrap floral dress in the last episode, and a ruffled chiffon dress in the drama’s poster.
Emma, the NPC that looks exactly like Hee-ju, is dressed in a shirred white blouse with tiers of ruffles over the flared sleeves, coupled with a voluminous maxi red skirt, a foliage-print waist band and a lace red veil. She also appears in different outfits designed by J-One, including a white lace dress, a sexy black dress and a glittery evening dress with a veil.
Denoting protection, the hand of Fatima (hamsa in Arabic) plays a crucial role in the story. It’s the inspo of Emma’s red spinel hand chain. This might be a bit off-topic but Scarlett Johansson also wore a hand chain with Infinity Stones at Avengers: Endgame’s premiere and it stole the show. So yes, magical hand chains are a girl’s best friend!
Jin-woo gives Hee-ju Swarovski butterfly-knot dangle earrings for her 28th birthday, but it’s Emma’s pair of chandelier earrings that truly stands out in the drama. Accented with red and white rhinestones and pearls, the bejeweled filigree earrings are reminiscent of the Arabesque decorations in the Palace of Alhambra (alhambra means “the red one” in Arabic).
You can’t escape product placements in K-Dramas, and this one is no exception. Hee-ju uses Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense (#24 Nectar Coral) and cushion foundation on her 27th birthday, and the Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip (#3 Chic Red) for her date with Jin-woo a year later.