Even after 17 cycles, I still closely follow America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). Sure every week, every cycle, the girls go through hair and make-up, do photo shoots, walk the runway and the routine repeats over and over again, but something about the transformation the girls go through in the competition as models draws me in even after so many years. What always frustrated me though was the lack of Asian faces – seriously, I can probably count them up with just five fingers – so I was very excited when I heard about MYX TV’s new reality series Supermodel Me, which features ten aspiring female models of Asian descent fighting for their dream to become a supermodel and win the grand prize.
The reality TV show, which was shot in Singapore, premiered on MYX TV on February 15th. The contestants come from a variety of heritage backgrounds such as Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, Thai and Filipina. The models may be Asian, but the show appeals to anyone interested in viewing the glamorous and demanding world of fashion. “Our goal is to position Supermodel Me as an arena to showcase our Asian capabilities yet still appeal to a global audience with the input from international guests and judges,” said Karen Seah, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Refinery Media.
Catch Supermodel Me every Wednesdays on MYX TV at 10:30pm.
Actress Hannah Simone blows us away on the Spring cover of Audrey Magazine!
Dressed in an orange and cream Max Mara halter dress and shot in-studio by Diana King, Hannah (New Girl) is the epitome of a Spring wildflower.
The TV starlet is not the only thing that pops in our latest issue. We also chat with modern moms, paranormal romance author Marjorie M. Liu, Jpop prince Jin Akanishi, promote pretty pastel fashions, and dabble in the art of bromance.
So don’t delay! Order your copy of Audrey Magazine online today!
We joined Chinese American A Soolip Wedding founder and gracious living guru Wanda Wen and exclusive Wen-curated A-list wedding panelists at Black, Starr, & Frost in Newport Beach on February 1 for a preview of the latest in modern wedding style and how to plan weddings from the heart. A Soolip Wedding has transformed from its beginnings as a West Hollywood luxury paper boutique, Soolip Paperie & Press, to an established lifestyle brand modeled by Wen’s signature creativity and distinctive taste for all things beautiful.
All brides-to-be are invited to attend A Soolip Wedding modern bridal event in San Francisco at Bently Reserve on February 26 and Los Angeles at Bel Air Bay Club on March 4. Tickets may be purchased online.
Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect at A Soolip Wedding bridal events (including the unveiling of the highly anticipated iPhone and iPad inspirational board Soolip Wedding App). Thanks to the talented Howard Lee for the beautiful photos!
Gowns showcased included JLM Couture Lazaro and Tara Keely collections acclaimed designer Lazaro Perez’s opulent, dramatic creations, including a gorgeous sherbet colored piece. Lazaro finds inspiration through hearing from brides about what they want. The new flagship JLM Couture store will open in WeHo this month.
The style-cognoscenti have been holding their breath waiting for H&M‘s latest designer collaboration with Marni, due out March 8. Here’s a look at the launch party last week held in Los Angeles, hosted by Marni’s Founder and Creative Director, Consuelo Castiglioni; the Director of the Marni at H&M campaign, Sofia Coppola; and Margareta van den Bosch, H&M´s Creative Advisor. Among the 200 guests were Frieda Pinto, Winona Ryder and Drew Barrymore.
Keep reading to see more event images as well as Marni at H&M pieces we’re dying to get our hands on.
Sometimes an internationally known star and a brand just, mix. Sometimes a face and a personality just fit into a brand. Sometimes.
This wasn’t just “Sometimes” for Tokidoki, as on Feburary 1st, the pop culture brand, meaning “sometimes” in Japanese, announced its partnership with International recording artist Jasmine Villegas.
Though only 18, Villegas, a Filipino-Mexican American teen R&B, pop and soul singer is no stranger to the business of branding and entertainment. Villegas has recently signed with Sony Music Entertainment, and was the opening act for the second leg of Justin Bieber’s My World Tour in 2010. Since releasing her much anticipated mix tape in September of 2011, Jasmine has amassed a huge following and is currently ranked the 8th most powerful artist, 9th most powerful woman on Twitter with 961,709 followers, and has accumulated 58 million Youtube views.
“I am so excited to be the new face of Tokidoki” said Villegas. “The style is so me! Simone’s designs and products are so cute, everywhere I go – girls come up and tell me how much they love Tokidoki!”
Beginning in January ‘12, the partnership will include in-store appearances and special events.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Jasmine,” said Tokidoki CEO Ivan Arnold. “She will represent Tokidoki apparel, accessories and beauty in a fresh and fun way that speaks directly to our consumer.”
It’s here! – doo.ri for Impulse only at Macy’s! Doo-Ri Chung’s designs have been seen on First Lady Michelle Obama as well as on the runways at New York Fashion Week, and now they can now be yours at a very affordable price! Earlier this week on Wednesday, the award-winning designer launched her first collection for Macy’s. Chung’s elegant draping techniques and modern feminine style are translated into pieces that are priced on average from $39-$159. Offering a collection in her signature style but at a different price point allows her to reach a wider audience, which the designer thinks is great! The pieces in the collection range from jersey dresses to sweaters and outerwear.
Chung, a graduate of Parsons: The New School of Design, is an established designer known for her technical brilliance and iconic draping abilities. She has quickly established her brand in the industry since the launch of her debut collection and has been recognized as one of America’s top designers. Chung was named a finalist in the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) back in 2004, and in 2006, won the Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award, CFDA Swarovski/Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Design Talent and the CVFF grand prize. She was also the first American designer to be nominated for Switzerland’s Stella Award.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Doo-Ri Chung to find out more about her and what she has to say about her new collection for Macy’s.
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Only two more days until Jason Wu for Target launches to the public! A few lucky ones were able to catch a glimpse of the collection beforehand at a private launch event on January 26th in New York City. The luckiest one of all though was DJ Harley Viera-Newton. Prior the event, she was personally styled by the man of the night in a peach shirt-dress that Jason describes as “fun, chic and feminine.” Harley “[loved] the color and the peter-pan collar” of the dress and said, “It’s very my style.”
All right, I’ll be the first to admit it. Shopping for us picky Asian girls is no easy feat. Not only do you have to keep up with the Chongs, you may feel that you also have to able to read our minds to please us.
When it comes to pleasing an Asian girl, Valentine’s Day is definitely the time to do it, so listen up to these Valentine gift ideas:
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The Pretty Little Liars actress, Shay Mitchell graces the cover of the renowned Seventeen Magazine for the January 2012 Prom Issue. Mitchell, previously featured in our Fall ’10 Issue, models fabulous designs by Jovani whose prom line commonly consists of animal print, loud vivacious colors and bejeweled trims.
Mitchell does a great job in displaying the dresses as fun, youthful and suitable for dance-floor activity; an indirect antithesis to earlier years’ trend of puffy prom dress disasters. ABC Family’s sexy Filipino and Scottish/Irish actress cites her prom photo mantra as “always have fun,” because a smiling face always looks good on camera. With these dresses, young teens everywhere will want to do nothing else but that. At least, that is what Mitchell makes us believe with her very charming and flirtatious photo spread.
Project Runway, make room for 24 Hour Catwalk. Lifetime’s hot new reality show for fashionistas everywhere has designers scrambling to put together an entire collection in, you guessed it, 24 hours. The show is hosted by the lovely Alexa Chung, who is famous in Britain but is known as a television personality, model and writer all around the world.
Born to a three-quarters Chinese father and English mother, Alexa started as a teenage model but then went on to become a presenter on Popworld and other UK pop-culture shows. Before 24 Hour Catwalk, she hosted MTV’s Gonzo and It’s On With Alexa Chung. In 2011 alone, she appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, British Vogue, Vogue North Korea and Teen Vogue, proving how much of a global style icon she has become. Her distinct fashion is sure to make an impact US audiences, who can see her tonight on Lifetime at 10pm.