Blanc de Chine proves that you don’t need to be “under the tents” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to bring in the buzz and the crowd. The luxurious Chinese brand showcased their Fall/Winter 2013 collection at their Fifth Avenue store on Sunday (February 10) to a fashionable crowd that included Chinese-American singer Baiyu.
Blanc de Chine kept their inspirations close to the homeland. Menswear was inspired by the robes in the Tang Dynasty, while the womenswear was inspired by the flying Apsaras, the female spirit of the clouds and water and the symbol of Dunhuang art. Both influences were beautifully expressed throughout the collection, notably in the womenswear. Female models walked the runway in elegant and airy pieces, varying from flowy dresses to sleek pants and sheer camisoles in earthy shades of blue, green, brown, gray and black. But the one look that seemed to embody the essence of the Apsara was the navy long dress with sheer cape, bringing to mind the fabric and ribbons that would support the windless Apsaras when flying in the air. What made the afternoon more special for Blanc de Chine was that their fashion week date fell on Chinese New Year, treating the guests with wine and dumplings.
To check out more of Blanc de Chine, blancdechine.com.
An exciting day for Asian Fashion is headed our way! The Asia Fashion Summit is held annually and invites global fashion thinkers, entrepreneurs, industry practitioners and many more individuals to analyze various aspects of global fashion. The conference aims to open dialogue about topics ranging from fashion influences to industry trends and innovative business approaches. They claim that the top three reasons to attend the summit are as follows:
“1. Hot Topics.
Look forward to a host of comprehensive topics that provides delegates a 360-degree view of the fashion business landscape.
2. Expert Insights.
Gain business insights from the world’s formidable fashion insiders as they converge to share and discuss emerging trends and compelling issues.
3. Networking Platform.
AFS provides a perfect platform for participants to interact and expand business network.”
Asia Fashion Summit 2013 will be held in Singapore on May 15-17, 2013. To learn more, click here.
Do you find yourself looking through a magazine and wishing to see more body types instead of the typical thin? Well you’re in luck. A new Japanese Fashion magazine, La Farfa, is Japan’s first publication to focus specifically on pocchari - which can be translated to a heavier set body. The magazine is expected to hit shelves on March 21st with comedian Naomi Watanabe as the first cover girl. We hope this is a positive step into a more accepting society!
Today’s NYFW recap features some of favorite classic Asian designers: Philip Lim and Vivienne Tam!
Happy Birthday to one of our favorite ladies (and former Audrey cover gal) Kelly Hu!
Catch her appearance at KoreAm Journal’s Unforgettable and a gallery featuring our favorite Kelly Hu red carpet pics!
Send her some birthday love on her Twitter: @kellyhu!
Son Jung Wan once again gave an art history lesson at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this past Saturday (February 9). Last season, she was inspired by Spanish artist Juan Miro. For her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, the Korean designer was influenced by two of Russia’s greats: painter Kandinsky for his flair in bringing together music and art and the Catherine Palace for its extravagant elegance.
Wan worked with her two contrasting inspirations as she masterfully balanced fine details and neutral hues (gray, ivory, off-white and beige) with lavish textures (wool, fur, tweed, cash-pelt and suede) and jewel tones (ox blood, burgundy, gold, deep violet and teal). Case in point: her last two looks with the ultra-glamorous fox mocha-colored fur coat accentuated with sequins and the hot gold sequined jumper that fabulously finished the show.
Wan has become known for her romantic aesthetics, always offering alluring gowns amongst the heavy coats, floor-gazing pants and structured cocktail dresses. Her latest collection was no different as she included show-stopping mesh dresses in dark violet and mocha – surely wowing her Hollywood fans like Brooke Shields and Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford.
To check out more of Son Jung Wan, visit sonjungwan.com.
Photo Courtesy: Rodin Banica
The third day was the biggest day for Asian fashion designers: Alexander Wang (right before he heads over to Balenciaga as Creative Director), Prabal Gurung (did you score something from his Target collection?), Joseph Altuzarra, and our personal favorite – Jen Kao. Check out some of our favorite looks!
I’m a bit of an old soul: I grew up watching films from the 40s and 50s and marveled over the lady-like silhouettes of the time: full length skirts, polka dot patterns, and tight, cinched waists. When Warby Parker announced their Hayworth Collection (paying homage to the late film star, as well as the cinema of the time), each of the six new frames—three optical, three sunglasses—features vintage touches rendered in their signature custom acetate and premium Japanese titanium. The Hayworth Collection also marks the introduction of two fresh colors: Sugar Maple (richer, darker) and English Oak (lighter, icier), both inspired by woodgrain.
Find the collection online at warbyparker.com/Hayworth-Collection
The third day of NYFW promised more electrifying looks after a star studded Saturday of runway looks from Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Jen Kao, and Joseph Altuzarra from the day prior. Check out some looks modeled by our favorite Asian models in this roundup!
The 2013 Grammy Awards have come and gone and while Frank Ocean’s win over girlfriend-beater Chris Brown grabbed some headlines, much ado was made about Katy Perry‘s jaw-dropping green Gucci dress, which accentuated her ample bosom.
Well, it turns out she wasn’t the first to wear the show-stopping number made by Gucci, Chinese actress and Summer 2011 Audrey cover girl Li Bing Bing wore the same dress to the Golden Horse Awards last November.
So who wore it better? Katy Perry accentuated her chest and oozed sex appeal while Li Bing Bing made the dress seem a bit classier and more elegant. What do you guys think? Continue Reading »