You may have heard of famous street photographer/bloggers Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist), Asian American Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, but here’s a name to keep an eye out for in 2011: Bonae L’amour. The Vietnamese American photographer, originally from New Orleans and now based in New York City, says he photographs “souls and spirits, not simply people.” He is an advocate for diversity in fashion and the media.
Here, some of Bonae’s shots of Asian models off duty.
One of the season’s more popular models, Ming Xi — she of the famous ears — made her debut at New York Fashion Week spring 2011, after a successful run in Europe. “She was enthusiastic,” says Bonae. He shot her here after Jason Wu’s spring 2011 show.
One of the few Asian Americans on the catwalk, Bonnie Chen walked for Vivenne Tam as well as Erin Fetherston, Marchesa and Thuy. The Chinese American (she splits her time between New York, Hong Kong and Beijing) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in psychology. The former rhythmic gymnastic national champion kicked off her modeling career as a finalist in the Elite Model Look competition when she was 16.
“Liu Wen said she was very honored and thanked me when I congratulated her on Estee Lauder,” says Bonae. Both Liu and fellow Marilyn NY Agency model Constance Jablonski landed contracts with Estee Lauder last year. The good friends worked together previously on a ck Calvin Klein SS 2010 campaign. Here, they pose before Fashion’s Night Out: The Show.
Chinese model Ping Hue Cheung made her debut last year and walked Matthew Williamson, Ports 1961 and Halston, among others, for spring. She most recently appeared in a fashion editorial for Teen Vogue.
Korean model Hyoni Kang is still going strong since winning the Ford Supermodel of the World contest in 2008. She most recently appeared in a Marie Claire editorial. Here, she shows us how to do military modern.
“It was the Korean newcomer’s first NY fashion week,” says Bonae of Korean model So Young Kang. “She was very excited!” Kang made her debut at the Chanel fall couture show in Paris last year.
First runner-up in the Ford Supermodel of the World contest in 2010, Filipina model Charlene Almarvez shows off her fun-loving personality during Spring 2011 Fashion Week, where she walked for Nanette Lepore and Diane von Furstenberg.
Selina Khan is from French Guyana and is of Indian, Vietnamese, Arabic and Creole descent. She’s walked and modeled for Ralph Lauren and Gap.
Hot Asian model of the moment Liu Wen, looking quite pleased after Vera Wang’s SS 2011 show, her 20th anniversary show.
Japanese model Tao Okamoto and Ming Xi after the Academy of Art University SS 2011 show.
And last but definitely not least, the stunning Shu Pei Qin in a getup that has everyone gawking.
Happy Chinese New Year! The Chinese zodiac marks 2011 as the Year of the Rabbit, and so we hop from the tiger’s year to yet another four-legged creature’s year. The rabbit symbolizes tranquility and fashionability among other characteristics, so on the subject of good taste in clothing, I’ve hunted down some interesting artists in time for Wabbit Season!
Yeonju Sung is an artist from Korea who has a knack for creating clothes out of knickknacks. She says that the edible items used in her “Wearable Foods” series merely borrow the form of clothes. Forget Jeremy Scott’s meat dress for Lady Gaga because Sung has come to town. Now through February 19, Sung’s designs will be on exhibit at the “Ahn-Nyung | Hello” Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition at Lebasse Projects in Culver City, Calif. Check out her delicate dresses made out of chewy treats such as bubble gum and shrimp for yourself.
Emmanuelle by Thomas Chen is yet another blossoming bud among the densely fashionista-populated NYC. With a spring 2011 debut collection after experience under labels such as Thakoon, Chen introduces the bold and the beautiful through classic diversity, which entails ’70s inspiration from trousers to prairie dresses.
Guo Pei is a veteran Chinese fashion designer who designed the lavish costumes for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, but her claim to American fame was with the fame monster Lady Gaga herself. Pei doesn’t seem to hold back on using luxurious resources such as Swarovski crystals, but she also doesn’t hold back her disinterest in dressing Lady Gaga. She’s like a fusion of Hussein Chalayan’s structural concepts and the late Alexander McQueen’s extravagance, but whatever she’s up to for the year will surely amaze.
Hailee Steinfeld’s tour-de-force performance as Mattie Ross in the Coen brother’s highly-acclaimed True Grit this year proves that the 14-year-old is a an acting force to be reckoned with. Steinfeld, who’s father is Jewish and mother is of Filipino-African American descent, has been racking up awards all season long.
Her red carpet appearances indicate another thing: this teenager is also a fashion force to be reckoned with! Let’s check out some of Hailee’s hottest styles.
At the New York premiere of True Grit, Steinfeld perfectly dressed her age in bouncy waves and a sparkly mini.
Steinfeld channeled True Grit‘s western wear in this black Victorian-styled dress and booties. We’re not totally digging the fuzzballs though.
The actress showed true grit by pairing turquoise pumps with a plum-hued frock. Simple but classy!
We wish we looked like this when we were 14! A sleek shift matched her sleeker side ponytail and even though the former model is already 5’11,” she was still daring enough to go higher with black strappy platforms.
This nude one-shoulder gave Steinfeld a total goddess-y feel.
The Golden Globes nominee was the epitome of grace in a white gown and tight ponytail. Forget Black Swan, we want a white one!
We only have one complaint about Steinfeld’s recent Oscar nod — that she wasn’t nominated for Best Actress. (Steinfeld is in the Supporting category.) But we still can’t wait to see what the stylish star is going to don for the biggest night in Tinseltown. And we’re hoping she heads home that night with the best accessory of all, the golden statue.
Etsy.com has become one of my favorite sites over the years, as I scour for the cute, the vintage and the unique. New shops pop up like daisies and it can be tiresome keeping track of my favorite stores.
But Jewel Numkki’s sweet line of dresses, tops, skirts and cardigans, all embellished with whimsical appliques and handmade touches, is hard to forget.
Designer Cecilia Lee started Jewel Numkki (pronounced jool-nuhm-kki) as a hobby, and it’s blown up into a bona fide small business for her. After graduating from the University of Hawaii in Fashion Design and Merchandising, Lee worked on another clothing line before moving to California. She continued to receive requests for custom-made dresses and tops from former clients, so she decided to start her own line through Etsy.
So what does Jewel Numkki mean? “I wanted my clothing line to have a name that was youthful, fun and expressive,” says the Korean American, so she anglicized the Korean word for “jump rope.” “It gets people to ask me what it means and I can teach them a Korean word at the same time,” she adds.
To give you a head start on your spring wardrobe this week, we’re giving away a Jewel Numkki gem: a purple “YoYo Garden” dress that retails for $88 and fits any size between XS and M.
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Since I will probably never be famous enough to incur his wrath of pink nose squiggles and vengeful name-callings, I’ll just go ahead and say it: I have never been a fan of Perez Hilton. With a successful gossip site built solely on meanness, I realized a couple years ago that I can at least do my part to not spreading his nastiness around the world by not reading the site. So I didn’t touch it from then on.
Instead, I grew increasingly attracted to another site also making its money from celebrity news but told from a perspective of compliments and celebrity reveries, Justjared.com. It was the anti-Perez Hilton, if you will.
Because I am also a true teenybopper at heart, I was equally as delighted to find that Just Jared had a sister site for the Hannah Montana set called JustJaredJr.com. Squeal!
It was great to read the The New York Times finally shed some light to this star-studded celeb site in their recent article, “Nice-Guy Bloggers Needn’t Finish Last with a profile of the site and its founder, Chinese-American Jared Eng. The article discusses how the 28-year old Mr. Eng came along way from studying computer science at Columbia University to a mini-blogpire which includes five full-time employees and a company which “easily going to gross seven figures” this year.
Take that, Perez!
Even though everyone’s talking spring fashion now that the holiday season is over, there’s still a serious chill outside. Almost every girl has a knit piece in her wardrobe and for good reason — they’re cozy and never go out of style. But this “transition” season between winter and spring is the perfect time to invest in a chunky knit. Layered up, they keep you warm and stylish in mid-winter’s chill, and you can wear your spring favorites early by throwing a knit on top. It’s all about how you put it together.
Your usual T-shirt & jeans: I don’t believe keeping up with fashion requires you to change your wardrobe; it’s about working with what you already have and mixing it up by adding new elements. No one says you can’t be fashionable with your T-shirt and jeans. Just dress it up with some accessories, boots and a chunky knit sweater and you’re good to go. A quick tip: adding a belt really makes all the difference. You can either (1) tuck in your shirt and add a belt to your jeans, which, by the way, makes your legs look longer, or (2) add a waist belt on top of your jacket.
Cozy can be stylish: Who says comfy and chic don’t go together? As seen above, I’m wearing a knit off-shoulder top with black booty shorts, tights and heeled booties. Off-shoulder knit tops are flattering for every figure because it gives that little peek of your skin, and we all know how sexy that can be. For accessories I have a pair of long earrings and a belt to match the metal studs on my shoes. I’m all for metal accessories for an edgy look, but knit-tops can really be incorporated in many different outfits, so they’re super versatile and perfect for many occasions. They also have the added advantage of concealing any extra oomph you might have in your stomach area, so no more worries about restricting how much you eat on a date!
Here are some shopping ideas for cozy, layer-able knits:
The world of fashion solely revolves around ever-shifting trends and fresh faces, like that of the just-announced Ford Models Supermodel of the World 2011, Filipina model Danica Magpantay.
It was last November when the University of the Philippines Diliman fine arts student strut her way to hail as Ford Models Supermodel of the World Philippines 2010.
Magpantay is a rookie when walking the line, but her catwalk lineage runs strong as she is the descendant of former 1990 Supermodel of the World-Philippine delegate and Asia’s Most Glamorous Model in 1994 Lala Flores.
In 2010, another Filipina model, Charlene Almarvez, was the first runner-up behind Latvia’s Katrina Karlina Caune at the 2010 Ford Models Supermodel of the World in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Asians already don’t have much of a problem purchasing Louis Vuitton…everythings. (Bags, wallets, belts, shoes, hats, you name it, they’ve got it.)
But if they did, LV’s new ad will send them straight to the stores.
The luxury label has announced its first-ever Asian male face and what a fine face it is. Meet 25-year old Taiwanese model, Godfrey Gao who appears in the spring campaign toting a Damier Graphite “Elvis” messenger bag. With the scruffy chiseled chin, smoldering stare and sun-kissed complexion, Gao is sure to dispel any notion that toting a man-bag is anything less than manly.
We know, we know, you’re welcome for this image.
Thanks to the Shanghaiist for the tip.
Need a makeover? Why not with Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear? Macy’s is holding its “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly” contest where one winner will get the makeover of a lifetime.
Throughout the month of January, legal residents in the U.S. 18 years or older can enter the contest here. In February, eight contestants will be selected for a Clinton Kelly makeover. Then America will vote for the ultimate makeover and the winner will receive $1 million worth of products, services, cash and experiences to transform the winner’s life.
Kelly calls Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover “my typical makeover on steroids. The winner will not only get some quality time with me to update their look, but will get a truly life-changing experience. From fashion to finance to fitness, one lucky person will undergo a complete life transformation.”
You have until January 31, 2011 to enter. Entrants must “like’” Macy’s to access the contest application, which will require either a video or picture. Each contestant’s personal story and makeover will be filmed and posted to for an open voting period that begins in March. The videos will be posted two per week, with the most-voted on video each week proceeding to the semi-finals in April. The two most voted on videos from the semi-finals will compete in a finals round – with the victor winning the million dollar makeover.
To enter, click here.
Korean American Kim Halzle, co-founder of the fashion website Runway Rundown, gives us the shopping report on what to buy now (nab them at the sales!), wear now, and still be on trend come spring.
It’s a great time to shop as the New Year sales are in full swing. Be the smartest shopper you can be by buying clearance fall items items that will be on trend for spring 2011. Not sure what the key trends for Spring are? Fret not — I’ve got 5 must-have trends that you’ll soon be seeing gracing the blogs and red carpets. If you keep these trends in mind for your shopping and styling needs, you are sure to have a fashion forward, on-trend look to start off your new year!
Trend 1: Floor-Length Skirts
Retire your maxi dress until summer and take on a new, refined yet classic look of a floor-length skirt. With a variety of silhouettes like fit and flare, A-line and even a full skirt that resembles wide leg pants, the options to style this look are endless. I suggest keeping your top fitted and always tuck it into the skirt as to not take away from the grandiose effect of the skirt.
Some inspirations from the runway:
Get the look now with these easy buys:
Trend 2: Wide Leg Pants
This trend will kill two birds with one stone as wide leg pants and ’70s styles are both going to be big for spring. It’s almost impossible to not give off a ’70s vibe when wearing wide leg pants so be prepared to channel your inner hippie. This is a trend that continues to pop up across the runways from season to season so if you haven’t already, take this spring as your opportunity to invest in a great pair of wide leg pants. I promise you will get your money’s worth from them as it is a trend sure to repeat itself.
Inspiration from the runway:
Say goodbye to those exaggerated harem-cut pants and welcome a classic look that keeps repeating itself … wide leg pants. You can even rock a spin off of the wide leg pant with a flared trouser. Here are my top picks to buy:
Trend 3: A Pop of Orange
Every season has a few colors that stand out as a trendy tone. However, this spring it is all about orange. Seen on several runway shows for spring, this bright citrus hue is sure to be a huge hit for spring. And what better way to gear up for a warm summer than with a burst of color? Wear it as the only shade in your ensemble, mix it up in a fun print or color block your outfit with a solid chunk of orange paired with a subdued tone.
Inspiration from the runway:
Get the look with these pieces available now: