Lee Ga Yeong and Gang Yeong Geol are two aspiring fashion designers whose circumstances have prevented them from ever achieving their dreams, while the privileged Jeong Jae Hyeok and Choe Anna are at the top of the fashion world. When the four meet in New York, it becomes a competition to see who can rise to the height of success, and win the person they like -- at any cost.
Fashion themed shows never seem to fair well in Korean television, and Fashion King is no exception. If anything, it's an example of how not to do a show.
It's hard to get invested in a story where you can't stand the characters and could care less about what happens to them. While having a morally ambiguous male lead is great (and refreshing), when you've hit episode 12 out of 20 and there's yet to be a redeeming quality or a reason to not punch the male lead in the face, you're in trouble. The female lead was about as interesting as a wet rag, being so wishy-washy about her choices, always looking like a deer caught in headlights and having no character consistency. Choe Anna as the second female lead brought nothing to the table; the acting was pretty bad, and it was a constant struggle to tell if she was angry, upset or happy. If anything, only the character Jeon Jae Hyeok had any sort of proper backstory and means of connecting with viewers. He was the only character I was even remotely interested in and whose scenes I was tempted to watch. When your second lead outshines the main in all possible aspects, you're in huge trouble.
The plot of the story was terrible, and revolved entirely around two men who were trying to show whose was bigger, a female lead who switched sides like a girl switches shoes, and a second female lead who couldn't evoke any emotions. Period. If the plot had been stronger (and there was a lot of possible material to work with), the show may not have been so bad, but sadly, this was one of the terrible points.
The acting was middling at best, but tended to be-at its worst-downright cringe-worthy. with only Lee Je Hun putting any effort into his character. He was the only person I remotely even connected with. Sin Se Gyeong and Yu A In turn in what are their worst performances yet. And Yu Ri, while a great singer, should really not act until she's had a few more lessons. She had only one facial expression throughout the entire show, and that was boredom.
Acting has been seen to elevate a terrible plot, unfortunately, it seems as if the actors were only doing this show as a favour and only turned in the bare minimum of acting needed.
Watch this show only if you're terribly , terribly bored or for Lee Je Hun (or if you're like me, and need to finish a show you've gotten at least half way through). The fast forward will be your best friend, and you can get through all twenty episodes in about two hours or so.