Seoul Fashion Week: Street Style of Korea’s Fashion Models

 

While we gave you some inspiration from Seoul Fashion Week’s attendees, we didn’t want to leave out the models themselves.  Once off the runway, some of Korea’s favorite fashion models become playful individuals who shine through their own choices of street wear and accessories.  We are used to seeing the serious side of models during runway shows and from their print work in fashion publications, but it is almost more fun to see them outside enjoying time with each other and catching a break from the craziness of Fashion Week.  Some like to follow trends and others prefer to stand out.  We loved seeing the camaraderie between Soo Joo and Irene Kim as they threw kisses to the camera up above, and we enjoyed seeing how their personalities reflect in their street styles.

Here are some other fashion models showing off their flawless street syles.

 

1. Kim Jin Kyung, the runner up for Korea’s Next Top Model Season 3, goes for boyfriend style charm, and staying comfortably warm in an oversized button up and sweat shirt.

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2. Yeo Yeon Hee, also a past competitor of Korea’s Next Top Model, has an appreciation for both urban wear styling and menswear inspirations.  Carrying on the crew neck sweater trend, she goes for a glimmering option to stand out against the dark tones.

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3.  We love how model Park Hee Hyun pairs some striped trousers with practical, gray sneakers.

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4. Irene Kim always keeps things youthful and fun, from her ombre rainbow hair style to her  playful graphic printed tops and bottoms.  She always finds a way to bring color into her outfit whether it is an accessory or a garment.

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Vietnamese American Kathy Uyen in “How to Fight in Six Inch Heels”

 

Growing up in San Jose, Calif., Kathy Uyen worked as an actress in Los Angeles for several years before she got the opportunity in 2008 to work on her first Vietnamese film, Passport to Love. Though she was quickly accepted in Vietnam’s show business world — she received a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2009 Golden Kite Awards (the Vietnamese version of the Oscars) — she still felt like a fish out of water.

“When I first moved to Vietnam, I’d go to [industry] events, and everyone would be dressed up in really beautiful gowns,” Uyen remembers. “And I’m coming from L.A.; we don’t wear gowns. But I had to get all these long gowns made in order to be respectful. I felt like this klutzy girl on the inside. Everyone was all properly posed on the red carpet, and I would just smile and pretend, even though I didn’t know what I was doing.”

After a few years, though Uyen had achieved a certain amount of fame and celebrity in Vietnam, she realized that roles for Vietnamese American women were still few and far between. Though her Vietnamese language skills had become more fluent, she still spoke with an American accent and found herself losing roles to Vietnamese locals. That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands, come up with a story idea for a film she could star in, and pitch it to producers.

 

“I’m not a professional writer, but they say you should write from your own experiences, and that’s what makes it honest and genuine,” says Uyen. “So I’m surrounded by all these women, and, as modern-day women, we gotta have it all. We gotta make money, have a great husband, be a great wife, be social, look good, wear the latest trends. … The expectations are overwhelming, and I wanted to write a character who was trying to juggle all of that.”

The resulting film, How to Fight in Six Inch Heels, which was eventually fleshed out into its full form by scriptwriter Tim Tori and directed by Ham Tran, stars Uyen as Anne, a fashion designer from New York who has a very rigid three-step plan for career, marriage and babies. She’s got the career, and she’s got the fiancé, Kiet, but her life takes a detour when Kiet is sent off to Vietnam for work overseas, just months before their wedding day. After a late-night video chat with Kiet where he seems to be hiding something, Anne becomes suspicious that he is cheating with one of the models he works with. She secretly flies to Vietnam to infiltrate the entertainment industry and poses as a model in order to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s philandering.

Much of the comedy comes from Anne’s transformation into a believable model, which is kick-started by a boot camp led by her stylist friend Danny (Don Nguyen), a character based on two of Uyen’s closest gay friends, her real-life stylist and makeup artist.

“It sounds silly, but a lot of these moments really happened,” says Uyen, referring to how she needed to be taught (and to practice) how to pose on the red carpet and in photo shoots. “When I first walked the red carpets, the photographers would always catch me in [an awkward] half-smile. I didn’t want to be fake, so I’d do a real smile, then I’d stop, and then give another real smile. And my makeup artist was like, ‘No! You have to hold your smile the entire time you’re standing there!’ So I had to practice thinking of positive things the whole time while posing and hitting the marks.”

There’s a scene in How to Fight where Anne is on the catwalk for the first time, and she gets hit with an unfortunate bout of indigestion. But she somehow turns her violent stomach cramp into a comic catwalk pose. “That came from a joke between me and my makeup artist,” says Uyen. “At photo shoots, we’re always joking about the poses. ‘Oh, my cheek hurts,’” she demonstrates, brushing the back of her hand lightly on her face. “‘Oh, my shoulder aches,’” as she moves her hand oh-so-delicately across her chest to grasp her opposite arm. “We’re always making fun of ourselves when we’re taking pictures.”

 

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Anne’s journey in the modeling world went through multiple transformations before the How to Fight creative team eventually arrived at the film ending that they were most satisfied with. “It was important to show that the more Anne tries to be someone else, because she’s wearing this mask of makeup, the uglier she gets [in her behavior],” says Uyen. “Whereas when she’s not wearing so much makeup and able to show her fears and insecurities, she’s able to be herself, open up and make new friends.”

When How to Fight in Six Inch Heels premiered in Vietnam, it was the number one film at the box office for weeks and eventually earned Uyen a Best Leading Actress prize at the 2014 Golden Kite Awards. But more than that, Uyen is proud to have created and starred in a female-driven film where the male characters were there to move the women’s friendships forward and not the other way around.

Next up, Uyen will star in a martial arts comedy directed by Charlie Nguyen that starts shooting at the end of the year — another script about empowering women that Uyen calls a cross between Kung Fu Hustle and Nine to Five. She’s also looking to develop and produce more films, including a fantasy musical for teens and another women-centric drama.

 

How to Fight in Six Inch Heels is being released in American theaters this fall. 
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here


Americans Taste Japanese Kit Kats and Immediately Fall In Love

 

When we saw the title to one of Buzzfeed‘s latest videos, we admit, we were a bit apprehensive. You can’t blame us though. Their new video “Americans Try Exotic Japanese Kit Kats” sounds awfully familiar to another video they made earlier this year titled “Americans Taste Exotic Asian Food.” Although exposure to Asian food is always appreciated, we were definitely left feeling uncomfortable with the reactions (or rather, overreactions) to Asian food. We basically watched four minutes of gagging and food spitting.

In their defense, these taste testers were given dishes such as chicken feet and developing duck embryo. Many commenters angrily pointed out that Buzzfeed chose Asia’s scariest dishes just to get a bad reaction.

Well, it seems Buzzfeed definitely listened to their viewers! Instead of scavenging Asia for the most unpleasant looking food, they instead turned to something many of us are familiar with and even love: Kit Kats.

Of course, these are no ordinary Kit Kats. We’re accustomed to a Kit Kat’s crunchy wafer covered in milk chocolate, but Japanese Kit Kats come in countless flavors. The taste testers tried everything from apple to tea-flavored Kit Kats.

Sure enough, the taste-testers had no hesitation when it came to trying the sweets. They reacted with absolute delight and proved that yes, Asian food and snacks can be delicious.

 

Top Stories of the Week: More Asians in Comics, Nina Pham’s Ebola Update and The Inspiring Malala Yousafzai

1) Marvel’s Newest Superhero Is An Asian American Woman (READ HERE

 

 

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2) Update on Nina Pham: The U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus From Patient (READ HERE

 

 

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3) ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 (READ HERE

 

 

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4) Filipino Basketball Prodigy Kobe Paras Commits to UCLA, Gains Thousands of Fans (READ HERE

 

 


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5) Top 10 Reasons Malala Yousafzai Is An Inspiration (READ HERE

 

 

 

Filipino Actor Uses Makeup to Transform Into Female Celebs

 

Paolo Ballesteros, a Filipino host and actor, has suddenly been making headlines internationally. Surprisingly, it’s not his acting and hosting skills that’s given him viral attention. It’s actually his unbelievable makeup skills.

Before all this international attention, the 31-year-old was most known for his acting, modeling and hosting. More specifically, he was known for one of his earliest hosting gigs on the television show “Eat Bulaga.”

Recently, his Instagram account has jumped up to nearly 500,000 followers and understandably so. In addition to photos of his adorable daughter Keira, his Instagram is filled with unbelievable makeup transformations. In fact, Ballesteros currently known as the man who can transform himself into any female celebrity using makeup.

That’s right. Looks like Michelle Phan has some competition when it comes to being the ultimate makeup guru. With the help of skilled contouring and wigs, he has transformed into Drew Barrymore, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, and even Ariana Grande. Needless to say, he looks nothing like the girls he transformed into.

Because of his interest in makeup, many who are unfamiliar with Ballesteros have questioned his sexuality. Apparently, he has never minded the question. After all, this isn’t the first time. He has portrayed many gay roles in the past causing fans to question his preferences. Ballesteros has confirmed that he is heterosexual and clearly, he has no problem going against the gender stereotype which says makeup only interests women.

Check out the transformations below!

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See more here!

 


Seoul Fashion Week: Street Style

 

Seoul Fashion Week continues its progression of non-stop runway shows and exhibitions, but a runway isn’t the only place to get some fashion inspiration in Seoul. Simply step outside and there’s interesting styles to be seen all around. A look at two of our favorite street fashion photographer blogs reveal what is favored by attendees of the six day event. Winter is quickly approaching and these fashionable individuals know how to stay warm while still looking amazing.

Layering numerous tops and sweaters under oversized coats seem to be loved by all for fighting off the chilly fall days. We still see the trend of pairing skirts and dresses with warm tops, but as always, people have their own way of presenting individual tastes and styling options, some even doubled up their outerwear. There is definitely a preferred color choice by SFW’s attendees, and black seems to be it. From black on black outfits to black pieces with pops of color, nearly every street style contained the dark hue.

Another major street trend appears to be leather. Leather and mixed-media garments and accessories have been favored for quite awhile, and continually make revamped appearances throughout fashion history. Seoul city dwellers provide an ample amount of inspiration for wearing leather, and even how to soften up the tough style with flowing blouses, subtle prints and casual wear.

Below are a few of our favorite street looks from Seoul Fashion Week.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Recap: FACTOTUM

 

Designer Koji Udo continues with the tougher moto style trend while mixing in some military aesthetics and tailored fits for the FACTOTUM spring and summer 2015 presentation. The collection is named “Various Life”, which is fitting since the collections draws its inspiration from visited landscapes and people met along the way. All these layered elements that make up the world surrounding us is what Udo hopes to present in his clothing. Strong notes of denim and faded camouflage complement the light, khaki tones of bomber jackets and moto vests for his menswear collection. His line seems befitting to the current streetwear trends for fall and winter, but he plays it up with some colorful, punchy patterns for spring to avoid feeling completely washed out in neutrals.

While most designers end the runway shows with a finale of all their designs, FACTOTUM gave a graphic visual of antonyms. His always clean tailored pants were dressed with tee shirts bearing sayings like “Hope And Despair” and “Badness And Goodness.” These are all words that humans attach themselves to emotionally and are all a part of various lives.

Below are a few images of Udo’s spring and summer 2015 presentation for Tokyo Fashion Week.

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–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All photos courtesy of MBFW Tokyo.

 

 

 


Unforgettable 2014: Introducing the Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award

 

For the very first time, Royal Salute, one of the most coveted and admired luxury spirit brands in the world, will honor one deserving individual from the Asian American community with their Mark of Respect Award. This award will be presented at Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s Unforgettable 2014, a celebrity-studded event dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year. This awards and entertainment gala will take place Friday, December 5th at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel.

“As Royal Salute aspires to always begin where others end, our extension of the international Mark of Respect Award to the U.S. is our way of continuing Royal Salute’s tradition of paying tribute and honoring leaders in the Asian community here in the U.S.,” said Wayne Hartunian, Vice President, Scotch & Cognac, Pernod Ricard USA. “The brand will continue to celebrate inspirational leaders that exemplify the highest level of excellence in to their respected fields and community.”

 

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Stewart Kwoh, Lisa Ling & James Ryu. Photo courtesy of destinationluxury.com

The Mark of Respect Award winner will be chosen by an esteemed selection committee comprised of three individuals who are also leaders and notable names in the Asian/ Asian American community.

·Stewart Kwoh, founding President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
·Lisa Ling, television journalist, best known as host of “This is Life with Lisa Ling”
·James Ryu, Publisher of KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine

Earlier this month, Royal Salute held an exclusive dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills to launch the Mark of Respect Award. The dinner allowed attendees to meet and greet with the selection committee and discover why Royal Salute carries such a legacy.

 

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The recipient of Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award will be announced soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on the performers, award recipients and honored guests who will make an appearance at this year’s Unforgettable!

 

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Seoul S/S Fashion Week: Designer SONGZIO

 

Seoul Fashion Week began last week in Seoul, with top designers, including VanHard di Albazar, BYUNGMUN SEO, MOOHONG, Line OR Circle, SONGZIO and more. The first day of Seoul Fashion Week, which primarily showcased menswear, was undoubtedly a hit, but it appears that designer SONGZIO’s collection grabbed exceptional attention.

According to the official website, the SONGZIO philosophy is as follows:

“SONGZIO exemplifies Zio Song’s design identity: Aspiration. Aspiration is what represents SONGZIO’s ambition. Every single piece of clothing is a visualization of his inspiration. His work symbolizes the odyssey of a young master, referred to in Korean as 도령 (Doryung), who achieves his progressive ideals through his elegant yet fearless journey. The protagonist of the brand is the young master who is an elegant poet, a painter, an artist, whose oriental elegance SONGZIO interprets through it modern eyes.”

For the first day of Seoul Fashion Week, SONGZIO’s collection hit the runway with designs that emphasized unique stripe patterns and silhouettes using monochromatic hues, mainly black and white.

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His show also attracted attention when South Korean actor Cha Seung-won who was originally an in-demand fashion model before turning into a successful actor. It looks like his attention is back on the runway. Cha Seung-won took charge of the collection’s opening wearing a chic, all-black suit that was followed by other monochromatic designs with coral red and toned-down blue hues. The entire collection maintained unity under restricted colours.

 

Let’s take a look at some of his top designs.

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And the designer himself.

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–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
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Save The Date: Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal Present UNFORGETTABLE 2014

 

It is our pleasure to present Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable. This high-profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year, and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.

Unforgettable promises to be one of the premiere entertainment events of the year for the Asian American community. In addition to the awards ceremony, the gala will also include highly-anticipated performances, a gourmet three-course dinner and a hosted after-party for its audience of over 500 Asian American professionals, celebrities and high-profile community leaders

 

When: Friday, December 5, 2014 @ 5pm
Where: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel
607 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

 

Check out some highlights from Unforgettable 2013:

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More information coming soon…