Got your spring wardrobe in gear? No? Let us give you a jump start.
Veronica M. is giving three lucky Audrey readers their choice of any dress from her website. That’s right. You pick the style and the size, and it’s yours!
Designer Veronica Monroy-Ferrer is all about easy cuts that make women of all shapes and sizes look great (and comfortable!). The only daughter of a successful Peruvian seamstress, Monroy-Ferrer learned early on the secrets to designing no-nonsense, affordable clothing for the modern woman balancing career, family and style. She incorporates bold, fun prints with forgiving silhouettes, available online and in her five Veronica M boutiques in Southern California.
Want one? We know you do! Go check out Veronica M’s website and tell us which piece you love and why — you may just be wearing that piece in no time! Start commenting now! You have until April 28, 11:59 pm!
Keep reading to see more Veronica M designs.
*No returns or exchanges allowed. All winners are picked at random.
It seems like just yesterday when we had Audrey Magazine‘s fifth anniversary cover shoot with Vietnamese American model Isabelle. (Scroll down to see the results!)
For the shoot, we used milliner Arturo Rios’ fantastical creations for our birthday suit celebration theme. Our photo editor at the time, Charlize Lin, snapped the amazing shots.
Only a few months later, Charlize got married in a dreamy, crystal forest-themed fantasy. And perhaps she was inspired by our shoot, but for the obligatory Chinese wedding three-outfit change, Charlize donned different headwear worthy of any Sex and the City wedding.
It’s a trend in bridalwear that I wholeheartedly embrace (if I had to do it over …). With more and more wearable, dance-in-it-able, beach-wedding worthy dresses making news, why not let a fantastical head piece take center stage? Any of Arturo Rios’ pieces can be redone in your color of choice.
Shop Arturo Rios now at AudreyShops.
Tiff, a Singaporean-Chinese Parsons grad, is obsessed with woman-children, food, stuffed animals and sticky situations. So when she met like-minded Deb while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, the two couldn’t help but collaborate. The result is Death by Drone, the darkly whimsical, ironic clothing line.
“Our work is created for the mischievous woman-children of the universe who live in candy thatched huts and enjoy wandering through overgrown forests with a toy scottie,” says Tiff.
Eccentric? In the fashion world, that’s just another word for interesting.
It shows in the designs. Like their “The Birds of Mastyivus” dress. Oh-so ladylike in its construction, but with a kooky bird print that from far away looks like cute little cherries or flowers.
With detailed, gotta-see-it-up-close illustrations hand-printed on their clothing and accessories, Death by Drone merges children’s stories with psychedelic rock for a very grown-up aesthetic.
It’s a lonely email world we live in. Based on my Entourage contacts alone, I probably know hundreds if not thousands of people, mostly New Yorkers, mostly in PR. But do I really know these contacts — dare I say friends — of mine? Nay. I’d only recognize them on the street if they had their email handle in Times New Roman font glued to their forehead.
That’s why the occasions where we do get to know somebody on a level slightly more substantive is pretty noteworthy. Like Troy Sayakumane. We actually only knew him as jewelry designer Tina Tang’s in-house PR person. That is, until he gave us a peek into his inner artistic world.
Troy, it turns out, is co-owner and designer of Whitie Tighties Clothing. It’s a line of unisex tees and — you guessed it — tightie whities which are essentially used as a canvas for the design team’s unconventional artwork. Like a pocket watch shedding feathers. Or walking warheads in 18th century western clothing.
“A lot of our art is subconscious,” says Troy. “The warheads may have something to do with my family’s connection with the war in Southeast Asia and the involvement of westerners.”
Originally from Laos, Troy’s parents brought their five children to Amarillo, Texas, in the 1970s. His partner Vaso is originally from Greece, and it’s her memories of her childhood pet billy goat that inspired their goat print.
Their surrealist art is essentially their world view. “A daydream of a new world,” is what they like to say. Intrigued? Check out more of their art after the jump.
What’s black and white and a must-have to ward off that early spring chill? Design Todays’ print jacket. The abstract print gets you noticed and updates anything in your wardrobe. What’s even cooler is that the fabric is super high tech, treated with a film heat transfer which gives it a shiny look. Perfect for those April showers.
Finally! We have a face that represents us in one of largest cosmetic companies in the world. The next time you see an Estée Lauder ad in a fashion magazine, look for Chinese model Liu Wen.
As the first model from China signed by Estée Lauder, Liu joins the brand’s roster of global beauties that include Hilary Rhoda (U.S.), Elizabeth Hurley (U.K.), Anja Rubik (Poland), Liya Kebede (Ethiopia) and Constance Jablonski (France). Liu will make her debut in the brand’s global advertising campaigns beginning June 2010.
“Estée Lauder has always searched for global beauties that define a generation,” said Aerin Lauder, senior vice president and creative director, calling Liu a “beauty of our time.” Jane Hertzmark Hudis, global brand president, said that Liu has the “style and confidence that reflects Estée Lauder’s modern vision of global beauty.”
Originally from Beijing, the 5-foot-10.5-inch model, known for her dimples, exploded onto the international stage in Paris on the Spring 2008 runways of Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. Liu has since a fixture on the runways of New York, Milan and Paris, walking a total of 49 shows for the Autumn/Winter 2010 season, including Rodarte, Derek Lam, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo and Balenciaga. She has shot editorials with the world’s top fashion photographers and has recently appeared on the cover of Chinese Vogue, and in editorials for W as well as the French, Japanese and Chinese editions of Vogue.
So, what do you think of Liu Wen’s look? Do you think she’ll make Estée Lauder more appealing to Asian American women?
Photos courtesy of Estée Lauder.
Are you excited? I know I am. This weekend, Target premieres its latest designer collaboration, this time with Korean American, award-winning milliner and accessories designer, Eugenia Kim.
“Designing for Target gave me freedom to work with a wide range of materials, ensuring my collection reflected timeless style,” says Kim. “I am very excited to bring my unique, trendy, and functional hats to women all across the country, at wallet-friendly prices.”
Inspired by Havana, Cuba, the collection features 12 styles, including a cloche, several jaunty fedoras, a sun-hat, bucket hats and newsboy silhouettes. But don’t think it’s just another straw fedora. Unique details like little parrot embellishments (for that perfect vacation-in-Havana feel) and contrasting print ribbon bands lend that designer touch to her pieces. I personally can’t wait to wear her tan fedora with the chiffon flowers, my favorite piece of the collection.
Based in New York, Kim won the CFDA Perry Ellis award for Accessories Design in 2004. You may have seen her hats adorning some famous heads, like Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Natalie Portman.
Ranging from $14.99 to $19.99, the Eugenia Kim for Target collection is available at Target stores and at Target.com from April 18 to June 28, 2010. More pics after the jump.
Never underestimate the value of a good T-shirt. Perfect on its own, of course, but one with just the right slouch or just the right print can modernize a tailored blazer, quirk-ify a pencil skirt and pearls, or add punch to a monochromatic outfit.
Public Zoo offers such a tee — a bunch of them, in fact, in a myriad of prints, colors and options.
Their “Loud Sunburst” crew neck shirt features that mischievous panda Hickup and his friends. This time they’re shouting in a park. Why? Because they can.
Available in bright yellow with their signature three eyelets on the neckline. Back print also.
TLé is a petite girl and she’s got no bones about letting the world know.
After all, at just 4-foot-11-inches, the Vietnamese American designer has had to deal with some serious fashion dilemmas throughout her life.
Which is why her line of bold dresses — perfect for anyone, but especially those, ahem, vertically challenged — is just the answer.
Who says you can’t wear bold prints or long lengths? TLé offers pieces precisely cut just for the more petite among us.
And just in time, too, because prints are huge this season. Wear it as is for your island getaway this summer, cinch it with a thick tan belt and a utility jacket for weekend romps, or layer a boyfriend blazer over it and don with tights or tucked into slouchy pants and you have the perfect work outfit.
In Audrey Magazine‘s Spring issue, we opened our Audrey Style section with an ode to all things blooming in jewelry. But it’s not just jewelry that’s gone daffodils. I can’t get enough of the fleur du jour look seen everywhere, from jeans to bags to even cosmetics.
Floral prints this spring go from sophisticated watercolor interpretations:
(Editor’s note: Picture the Jonesy watercolor top with a pair of tough skinny pants, like on Eugenia here. This spring, anyone can do floral, even your rocker types.)