New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2015.
Vivienne Tam is a master at mixing traditional Chinese themes and interpreting them in contemporary techniques. For spring 2015, the designer took her inspiration from the Forbidden City in China. Specifically, she referenced motifs found in historical artwork and handicrafts and executed them onto her collection in high-tech fabrics.
Landscapes and nature patterns, like waves and clouds, were printed onto handbags and blouses. Birds, flowers and trees were embroidered onto athletic fabrics like power mesh. Printed neoprene was cut and appliqued onto other fabrics in a bright modern effect.
This season also saw Vivienne Tam trying her hand at wearable tech. There were handbags that charged your phone when you put it inside. Unlike many of the clunky pieces that many tech companies produced, the accessories on the runway were so stylish, fans would be happy to buy them on design alone, and the functionality would just be a big bonus.
––Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com
Looking for a new show to watch this fall? Want to see more Asian American faces on your screen? Well you’re in luck! Here are four of the fall television shows with Asian American actors that we’re most excited for.
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, NBC
Fresh off her role as the witch Tessa in Vampire Diaries, Janina Gavankar joins the cast of the new NBC series The Mysteries of Laura, which stars Debra Messing (Will & Grace) as Laura Diamond, a NYPD homicide detective who’s juggling her professional and personal lives as a working mother of twin boys. Gavankar plays her colleague and rival Detective Meredith Bose, whom she has describes as a “buff, which is somebody who takes their job a little too seriously.” The Indian-Dutch native of Joliet, Ill., is also known for her roles as Papi in The L Word, shapeshifter Luna Garza in True Blood, Detective McKenna Hall in Arrow and Shiva in The League. Having grown up studying classical piano, percussion and voice, Gavankar is also a singer. She was once in the girl group Endera on the Cash Money label, shot a music video cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown,” and most recently released her single “Waiting for Godot,” which will be part of a forthcoming EP on Randy Jackson’s label. Details: Premieres September 24.
Inspired by a true story, Scorpion follows eccentric IT genius Walter O’Brien, played by Indian-Tunisian British actor Elyes Gabel, who leads a tactical team of brilliant, nerdy misfits, including Asian Canadian Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn, a “mechanical prodigy.” When Homeland Security comes calling, the team must utilize every trick in their genius book to protect the country from high-tech threats. The pilot, directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), is a wild ride, with the team scrambling to prevent a plane crash. Details: Premieres September 22.
SELFIE, ABC Selfie, a loose adaptation of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, stars Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, a fame-obsessed social media star whose public image takes a dive after a humiliating breakup, and John Cho as Henry, a marketing guru who’s going to teach her how to re-brand herself (and hopefully become a better person in the real world). Though casting directors were originally looking for an older British actor for the romantic lead, Cho eventually won them over, and creator Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory) told reporters she was especially excited about growing the characters’ relationship after seeing the natural chemistry between her two stars. Details: Premieres September 30.
If you’ve ever been stalked, you’re going to relate to this one. In this psychological thriller, Maggie Q is head of the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Working on cases ranging from voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation, Q’s Beth Davis is opinionated, obsessive and a workaholic — for a reason. “Anyone can be a stalker; anyone can be a victim. That’s where I come in,” she says in the pilot. When she is joined by a brash new transfer from New York, played by Dylan McDermott, who jokes that he joined the unit to meet Scarlett Johansson, Q is not pleased. In fact, there’s more to Q’s Davis than just dedication to her job — while trying to calm one victim of a stalker who has already killed, she assures him, “There is nothing that you’re feeling that I don’t know. Believe me, I know.” Details: Premieres October 1.
–STORY BY ANNA M. PARK & ADA TSENG. This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here.
The glitz and glamour within the fashion industry could not exist without designer pieces, catwalk shows, editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour and of course, Aimee Song. The Los Angeles-based blogger and interior designer has taken a huge part in inspiring millions of women worldwide with her voguish, laid-back looks.
Lately, she’s been showing off some perfect outfits for the odd days in between summer and fall. If you’re struggling to find outfits to match the confusing weather, we’re here to help! Check out Amiee Song’s Top 5 Summer-To-Fall Looks below:
1) Sweater Over A Button-Down Shirt
It’s not the first time the sweater over a button-down shirt has been the biggest way to style for fall season, but this time, Song brought a unique twist to the trend during the New York Fashion Week. Long pieces do not always work for women of different heights, but this exceptional triple-layered grey ensemble is totally on point with flawless proportions.
2) Bold Outfit + Delicate Heels
Song’s style is all about feeling confident in her comfy looks. The monochrome wrapped outfit creates a subtle look that resembles a romper and strangely, a tuxedo. Just when the outfit was about to get too black, Song finishes her outfit with olive green strappy heels and gold details, which creates an even more unique impression.
3) Kimono-Inspired Top
It seems as if designers are continually being inspired by Japanese culture as seen on the kimono belts by BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015 Collection during the New York Fashion Week. Song takes the cultural aesthetics into a different level by wearing a blue bow-like, kimono inspired, top with a darker shade of blue, high-waisted shorts that screams perfection.
4) Feminine Top + Slouchy Pants
Who would have ever imaged pleat on pleat would look so formfitting? The combination of the baby blue pleated crop top and black slouchy trousers balance out the feminine sexiness and professionalism, making it easier for all the ladies who are en route to after-work drinks.
5) Basic Top + Midi Skirt
One of the most essential basics in every girls’ wardrobe is a white T-shirt, but this basic necessity has never seemed this elegant until Song rocked it during the New York Fashion Week with a full light pink midi skirt. The combo of the shirt, designed by Aimee and her sister, Dani Song, with the fancy bottom simply makes a basic shirt not so basic after all.
— STORY BY MICHELLE KIM All photos courtesy of songofstyle.com
You can tell right off the bat that Jeannie Mai is one confident woman. Though on the phone in a restroom, her voice sounds strong and opinionated. It is that same voice that has guided countless women and celebrities with their style, first as a makeup artist for M.A.C and then as a host on a variety of shows for E! and the Style Network. But beyond the voice, it’s her story — the real Jeannie Mai — that captivates this interviewer.
Born to Vietnamese and Chinese parents and raised in the Bay Area, Mai is more than proud of her NorCal roots. “The Bay Area is so vast when it comes to culture, race diversity and community,” says Mai. “The things I remember from growing up were amazing neighborhoods of different foods, the ‘hyphy’ movement of hip-hop, freestyle artists and rappers, the baddest breakdance scene ever, a digital takeover from Silicon Valley, and the most beautiful landscapes from Tahoe to Napa. I was rich without a paycheck.”
After graduating from Milpitas High School in 1997, Mai was off to work immediately, hungry for experience. “I just kind of started my career right after high school,” says Mai. “I couldn’t be held between walls, and I wanted to travel the world and be with influential people so that I could spread the message of style and personal image.”
She started her career with M.A.C Cosmetics as a trainer for three years. It was there that she found her way into celebrity styling for the likes of Alicia Keys. “I caught the eyes of a couple celebrities who started to pick me up as their makeup artist first,” says Mai. “I started traveling with these artists, and it turned out that these artists didn’t have a stylist. I found myself getting them ready face to toe!”
It was only a matter of time before Mai’s driven personality landed her in front of the camera. In addition to co-hosting the Emmy-nominated Asian American magazine-style show Stir, Mai has hosted shows like How Do I Look and Style Pop on the Style Network and various fashion segments on E!. But Mai’s newest gig has her taking a slightly different turn, as one of the co-hosts of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show The Real.
“I’m not talking about fashion or other women’s makeovers,” says Mai. “I’m getting to talk about what I’m going through.”
The Real, which airs on FOX and BET, aims to be just that — a talk show where real women share their experiences and what they’re thinking. But how is that different from other women-oriented talk shows like The View?
“There are five things that differentiate us from other shows: Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai,” says Mai, speaking of the show’s hosts. “Each of those five reasons alone is every reason to watch our show. We don’t compare ourselves to other people, and I don’t recommend other women compare themselves to other people. Focus on you, focus on the finish line, and go there. That’s how our show is. We focus on ourselves and what we can bring to the show, and that includes our real lives and our real setbacks and insecurities.”
For Mai, being a married, successful career woman brings its own set of problems. “I bring the perspective of being a woman doing great in her career in her mid-30s, married for six years and realizing that I have to make one of the biggest decisions right now about my future when it come to being a mom,” she says. “It’s the weirdest thing that I have this clock remind me every single day that I need to make a decision; it’s so unfair. To put pressure on top of that, if I ever were to say today that I don’t think I want to have children, why do I get weirdest feeling that I’d be getting judged for that?”
As for making sure her voice gets heard, Mai has to walk a fine line between listening and talking. “I’m not one to have to say a lot. For me, I want to hear where all the girls come from before I stick my neck out.” But once she does, she says, “I speak the hell up.”
The Real returns on Monday, September 15 on FOX and in national syndication (check your local listings), with a rebroadcast in prime time on cable network BET.
Want more Jeannie Mai? Keep updated with Audrey Magazine opinions on everything from plastic surgery, gay marriage and even the worst fashion trend. Coming Soon!
Public School is how I remember and still think about New York City fashion—minimal and monochromatic. Most would associate the darker end of the spectrum for fall and winter, but New Yorkers find a way to make it work throughout the entire year. With a closet full of black, I’m always on the hunt for design houses that take my favorite color and translate it into wearable garments regardless of temperature. Fairly new and with a sophisticated nod to urban and street trends, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have finally made their introduction into womenswear.
While in its sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, Public School already has accumulated menswear awards and continues to do so. They’ve shown talent and drive for surviving in the industry since their 2010 induction into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator development program, and still keep all clothing production within New York City. With so much praise to their names, I was curious to see how the pair would tackle the other gender, and was delighted to see that they are definitely on their way to dominating the interchangeable world of sportswear. While some feel their designs are more quiet than expected for spring and summer 2015, Chow and Osborne have a long and limitless future ahead of them.
Take a look at a few of the designs below from Sunday’s packed-house show. It was a sea of artsy prints, geometrics, oversized fits, boxy styles and my favorite, a monochromatic palette with splashes of blue for creating additional visual interest. I’m more impressed with Chow and Osborne producing flattering and classic cuts while keeping some urban edge, making their opening womenswear collection engaging to both the career woman and the streetstyle lover. With such a strong start, the fall and winter 2016 line will be highly anticipated, and I am positive we will see another round of solid design work.
--STORY BY MIN A. LEE All Photos Courtesy Of Guillame Roujas and Nowfashion.com
Superstar actress Deepika Padukone (a member of the Bollywood 100 Crore Club a record-breaking four times last year) stars in the highly anticipated, English-language comedy Finding Fanny this fall. (The trailer alone has more than 3 million hits on YouTube; it hit the 1 million mark in a day.)
In the lazy tropical countryside of the Indian state of Goa, Padukone is a young virgin widow, bored with her mundane existence in the sleepy village. When the old local postman (Naseeruddin Shah) discovers a marriage proposal he had written 46 years ago mysteriously returned to him, never delivered, he is shocked and sets out to find out what happened to Stefanie “Fanny” Fernandes.
Under varying pretexts, he is joined by Padukone, the local (and bitter) mechanic, a belligerent artist and an obnoxious snob. What the dysfunctional characters do find on their journey is friendship and even love. The all-star cast includes Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapoor, with a special appearance by Ranveer Singh.
DetailsFINDING FANNY opens across US/Canada this Friday, SEPTEMBER 12
INTERVIEW WITH FINDING FANNY STAR DEEPIKA PADUKONE:
Q: From commercial success to doing a quirky comedy like Finding Fanny, what kind of cinema excites Deepika? A: I love commercial cinema. But I also get a rush from doing clutter-breaking stuff like Finding Fanny.
Q: You are at the peak of your career with hits after hits. What made you do an off-the-wall film like Finding Fanny? A: A lot of people told me it’s a risk. I did not think of it as a risk, but a brave move on my part to do it. I went with my instinct. What my heart said. I trust Homi (Adajania) and his vision.
Q: But what drew you to the film? A: For me, the story of a film comes first and character next. I was looking to do something different and I am glad I did this film. As we work in a Hindi language film, we are used to it. But when you do an English language film it is a different experience and it takes time to get into this space. The challenge was to perform in English language.
Q: You have a Konkani connection in the film. Talk to us about it. A: As far as the accent of Finding Fanny is concerned, it’s actually something I enjoyed because I got to speak my mother tongue, Konkani, a little bit in some scenes. The film is set in Goa and Goans usually speak Konkani. I got to experiment and improvise. But most importantly it’s a nice feeling when you have command over a language. Having said that, the first few days were very difficult on the sets not just for me but also for the entire team.
Q: You are working with Dimple Kapadia again post Cocktail and as reported you adore her. Talk to us about your equation with her. A: What I feel for Dimple-ji and my equation with her, I can’t describe it in words. She took me for lunch and shopping while we were shooting for Cocktail. She pampers me and spoils me. She treats me like her daughter.
Q: How would you describe the film Finding Fanny? A: It’s a different film. I found it to be different. It’s refreshing, it’s quirky and cool!
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New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Tadashi Shoji’s collection.
Tadashi Shoji’s fashion show at Lincoln Center was a demonstration of all of the beautiful things you could do with lace. There were two-toned black and white laces. There were engineered motifs. There were soft monochromatic laces in rich blue hues. There were daytime outfits that used lace as a trim or inserted panel. There were simple machine lace fabrics embellished with beading.
The overall effect was a beautiful, feminine collection with a classic elegance. For women who choose not to show a lot of skin, the designer offered a variety of sleeve lengths and hemlines. Tadashi Shoji designs for all bodies and modesty levels. This has been embraced by actresses like Octavia Spencer who do not fit Hollywood’s traditional red carpet body.
Capes and shift dress silhouettes were very forgiving. You could choose a sexier look with a lot of sheer lace, or just a hint of skin peeking out through a narrow strip of mesh. The most relaxed silhouette instantly becomes glamourous when it is executed in an intricate, embroidered lace.
–Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com
New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Son Jung Wan’s Spring 2015 collection.
Korean designer Son Jung Wan designed her spring 2015 collection with the concept of Yin and Yang. This concept was carried through in the juxtaposition of rough fabrics with delicate silk, rich jewel tones with metallic threads, men and women on the runway.
The best menswear sweaters had a combination of thick, chunky yarns knitted with superfine, almost sheer jersey areas. The sweaters were paired with light colored woven shorts. There was one free-form jacket offered in ivory that was also paired with ivory shorts.
There were plenty of clean white looks for spring along with deep navy, jade and amethyst. Many of the looks had a curved, metallic gold style line that gave the effect of the clothing being struck by lightning. It could also be a loose interpretation of the traditional yin yang symbol.
The pastels that the designer offered came in the form of a shiny iridescent group. Shimmering dresses and separates were paired with coordinating embellishments that mixed solid colored jewels with pearl and silver sequins.
-Story and photo by Mariana Leung, publisher of http://www.msfabulous.com
New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection.
Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection was dreamscape of sheer and shimmer.
There was a black and white group towards the beginning of the show that featured laser-cut flowers as embellishment. The petals fluttered as the models walked. This motif was echoed in the iridescent flower confetti that showered the runway towards the end of the fashion show.
There were iridescent cocktail looks that will be popular among the affluent prom crowd. Pastel metallic fabrics, layers of sheer and iridescent finishes were reminiscent of 1980s West Coast party girls.
The models’ hair was combed back simply with a part down the middle. The makeup was very neutral, almost bare. The footwear of choice was metallic sandals that would transition well from day into night.
The showstoppers of the runway were the full skirted gowns with delicate floral embroidery. To me, that is Monique’s signature look. The dark purple against the pale lilac was striking and feminine. Look for these to be worn on the red carpet in upcoming awards seasons. There were mint green, pale yellow, ivory and pale blue gowns, also with elegant embellishments. These would also make a gorgeous bridal alternative for modern weddings.
— Story and photos by Mariana Leung, MsFABulous.com
Hailed by Variety as “a visionary tour-de-force” after its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the newest film from Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Grave of the Fireflies) is based on the classic Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
Eight years in the making, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya tells the untold story of Princess Kaguya, who was found inside a shining stalk of bamboo and raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. Kaguya grows into a beautiful woman and eventually ends up in the capital, surrounded by riches and pursued by five noble suitors. But the princess cannot escape her past and must eventually face her fate.
Directed by Isao Takahata, the film features the voice talents of Chloë Grace Moretz as the princess and James Caan as the Bamboo Cutter, as well as Filipino American actor Darren Criss, Chinese American actress Lucy Liu as Lady Sagami, Korean American actors Daniel Dae Kim and John Cho, and Japanese American actor Dean Cain.
Details In theaters October 17.
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here.
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