At the Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., I found myself holding a large styrofoam board to help Audrey Magazine‘s staff photographer Audrey Cho shoot Courtney Jane, our cover model. It wasn’t that hot, but I found myself perspiring in my skinny jeans, standing in the sun for so long.
This was my first photo shoot, and it was cool to see how the issue was slowly being put together. Chriselle had artfully put together standout outfits while Courtney Jane was getting her makeup and hair done. The Americana also had residences surrounding the main plaza, so we found ourselves getting ready for the shoot in one of the homes on the third floor. We had a balcony that had a nice view of the fountain and the surrounding stores.
The dressing area was girl heaven. There was jewelry spread out all over the coffee table in the living room, shoes of all sorts lined neatly against the wall, and a rack waiting to break from the weight of all the clothes hanging from it. Bags spilled over the counter, and I carefully stood back, afraid my klutzy side would emerge and ruin thousands of dollars worth of fashion and accessories.
We shot at multiple locations, all scattered and tucked into the nooks and crannies of the Americana. Many people stopped to take a peek at the production, with Courtney Jane at the center of it all, modeling the clothes. All in all, it was a pretty cool day.
Here it is — our Fall 2010 issue. Keep an eye out in your mailbox for your copy! And if you don’t subscribe to Audrey, do it now so you don’t miss out!
In our Fall 2010 issue, we highlight comedian and actress Margaret Cho‘s foray into music with her debut album Cho Dependent. Check out her first video off her album, “I’m Sorry” featuring Andrew Bird. It’s hilarious!
If you wanna catch Cho singing “I’m Sorry” (and other equally shocking songs like “My Puss” and “Eat Shit and Die”), be sure to see her live on her Cho Dependent North American stand-up tour, going on now.
As a part of her Cho Dependent tour, Cho is offering 10 VIP packages to her fan club members in each city. The package includes show tickets, an autographed DVD and a backstage meet and greet and photo opportunity with Margaret at the show. All the proceeds of the VIP packages will go to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, a charity Cho selected after she visited the devastation in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast area earlier this year.
Cho is touring now through December, all over the U.S. and Canada, including a stop on November 5 at the New York Comedy Festival, presented in association with Comedy Central, at The Beacon Theatre. Check out her official website to see when she comes to a venue near you and how to get in on a VIP package.
When Audrey Got Angry, an Awesome evening happened!
Thanks to everyone who made it out Saturday night to the opening weekend of The People I’ve Slept With for Audrey Gets Angry, a q&a and after party hosted by Audrey Magazine and Angry Asian Man. (And Lynn Chen for a blog shout-out afterwards, woot woot!)
We hope you had as fab an evening at Libertine on Sunset as we did!
Judging by the amazing turnout (packed house!), we’re pretty sure you did as well.
Stars Karin Anna Cheung and Lynn Chen will also be part of our star-studded lineup on the catwalk for Audrey’s Night Out.
Audrey hopes to see you at our next event!
If you have any pictures or stories of the night or comments on how to improve on our events, let us know! Share a comment below. Photos by Helen Wong, Andrea Krauss (and my iPhone).
We knew Indian British actress Archie Panjabi was getting some serious buzz for her steal-the-show role of tough-talking investigator Kalinda in CBS’s hit “The Good Wife.” Now she’s won outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her role! Here she is wearing Tadashi Shoji at the Emmy Awards last night.
And also congrats to Padma Lakshmi’s show Top Chef, which won best reality competition program.
I have a theory. My theory is that it is taboo to show Asians kissing (whether it be Asian/Asian or Asian/non-Asian) in a public medium for mass viewing. Pornos don’t count because usually, the individual will hopefully view those in the privacy of his own room. With the door locked.
Now, this theory is relatively new to me, so I haven’t fully fleshed out the minute details, such as why or how this came to be, but I think there’s a grain of truth to my speculation. Seeing Jin and Sun kiss on Lost was pretty epic. And why should it be? Only if it were taboo …
Maybe it’s because mainstream America is not ready for it. And that is exactly what Broadway actress Fay Ann Lee was told when she presented her script Falling for Grace, written in response to the lack of good roles for Asian Americans. It features Chinese American Grace Tang, an ambitious Wall Street banker, who is mistaken for a Hong Kong heiress. This leads to a series of white lies that land her right into the arms of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Andrew James Barrington, Jr. With this script in hand, Lee placed in prestigious competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship and the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, and Holly producers expressed interest. However, they refused to buy the screenplay unless Tang’s ethnicity was changed to either Caucasian or Hispanic. Rather than letting this deter her, Lee went on to raise $3 million, and directed, produced and starred in it herself.
Starring alongside her is Gale Harold from Queer as Folk and Desperate Housewives, Margaret Cho, Lost‘s Ken Leung, and Stephanie March — just a few of the big star names featured in the film, available now on DVD.
With simple and honest dialogue, I found that the film’s strongest point was in the family scenes. It did a superb job capturing the dynamics of an Asian family. As you watch Grace’s mother abruptly shut the door on the delivery service men’s faces in an effort to shoo them away or as Grace argues with her delinquent younger brother, these moments ring true to what many of us Asian Americans may go through. I found such scenes delightful and fun to watch, a break away from the “typical American” family home scene you would normally see in a romantic comedy. It was also interesting to see the plot unfold because Lee had weaved into the conflict the use of sweat shop workers in Chinatown by outside corporate clothing companies. I appreciated the real life issues Lee brought to the screen and the strife it was creating among the characters.
In terms of seeing an Asian American protagonist share a few passionate onscreen kisses with a white co-star, I don’t know how it felt, especially as an Asian American chick myself. It was cool to see someone who looked like me locking lips with a white guy. That’s something I can only dream about or else my mother would tar and feather me. But it definitely made me think about relationships, the complexity of relationships, and all the stigma that surrounds biracial couples … and how confusing that must be. What kind of impact would this have on mainstream America? How do biracial couples feel about this? Is this another example of where the white guy wins and gets the exotic, in this case, Asian girl and Asian guys lose again? Should Asian Americans try to brand their own version of the “classical American romantic comedy” instead of trying to conform to the current standard?
What do you think?
Are you excited for the Emmy Awards this Sunday? There are a lot of really great shows competing for the coveted award, like Mad Men, Dexter, 30 Rock and Audrey‘s personal favorite, Glee.
And of course, where there are award shows, there are gifting suites going on all week. Check out a shot of Glee‘s Jenna Ushkowitz at the Jacob & Co. Emmy Fine Jewelry Preview earlier this week. She looks hot!
The Korean American star is wearing a Jacob & Co. Diamond Sapphire and Emerald Cuff with a Cabochon Emerald Ring. Will she wear it to the award show?
Asian American actor BooBoo Stewart, who made his big screen debut in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse this summer, also stopped by the jewelry preview. Apparently a big watch collector, Stewart picked out a Jacob & Co. 5 time zone Stainless Steel Mother of Pearl Timepiece.
Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls was also there, we hear, talking about her new album due out in the fall. She picked up a rose gold Hamsa (Hand of God) bracelet and a nude-tone form fitting “Marcella” dress by Nicole Young.
JACOB & Co. invited guests to peruse and select pieces from the collection for either their attendance at the prestigious 2010 Emmy ceremony or another impending momentous occasion. JACOB & Co. is a prominent jewelry house that counts Kanye West, Tom Cruise and Alicia Keys as fans.
Are you excited for the Emmy Awards? Who are you rooting for?
“The public is screaming for Asian American talent,” CAPE director, Jennifer Sanderson tells me. “Screaming for Asian American talent. I get calls on a daily basis asking for Asian American writers and talents. I want our communities to know about these opportunities and just really go for it.”
Judging by the numerous submissions that CAPE received from the United States and all over the world (including Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), it seems like the talents are responding. The prestigious 11th annual CAPE New Writers Awards, in both Screenwriting and Television Writing categories packed the Japanese American National Museum’s (JANM) theater with industry newcomers and pros alike.
The event, produced by CAPE (the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) Foundation, Inc., and Fox Entertainment Group (with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), honored Jaffar Mahmood as the Screenwriting winner for his script, How to Throw a Party in Pakistan. Mia Riverton’s script, His & Hers and Ann. N. Truong’s script, So I Married a Black Guy were 1st and 2nd runner up, respectively. Randall Park took home the Television Writing award for his original script, Erasists. Leonard Chang’s Isa’s Return was 1st runner-up and Becoming Kate by Leonardo Nam and Sara Drew was 2nd runner up.
If many of these names sound familiar to you, it’s probably because they are familiar faces.
Ceremony producer Leo Chu remarks, “About half of our finalists this year have been actors so apparently, they have been busy acting as well as writing.” He goes on to joke, “Some of them, it’s the first script they’ve ever written which is pretty astounding and disheartening to me as a writer.”
And even more impressive is the fact that whereas in the past, winners have been scripts that were adapted from shows currently on air or movies that have already been made (for example, last year’s Television Writing Winner, Aaron Ho’s script was his version of a How I Met Your Mother episode), all 6 of this year’s scripts were original.
After the awards were handed out, the audience was treated to readings of last year’s winning scripts. Amusing, heartfelt and very well-written, the works definitely carry merit.
“Writers are king, “ Sanderson says, “We have to develop these talents.”
Future projects CAPE has in store for aspiring writers include a “Writing for Mainstream” workshop which Sanderson feels will be an amazing way for writers to get their work out.
Photos courtesy of Steven Lam
My best friend and I always talk about how when we grow up and we fail at everything we set out to do, our back up plan is to open a boutique together. We got everything figured out. She’s going to take care of the business/managerial aspect of things, and I’ll be handling the customers and the artistic side of things. We may or may not live in a pretty sweet apartment above it, but pretty much, we’re going to tear it up.
This is what G.L.A.M. is all about it. Based in Hawaii, four college girlfriends teamed up to combine their business and jewelry skills to provide jewelry made from quality materials inspired by the eclectic culture of the Islands. Each piece is made with the notion that each girl should only wear what is most genuine.
For this week’s TGIFREE giveaway, we bring you two of Gen, Lisa, Amanda and Michelle’s beautiful creations that definitely reflect G.L.A.M.’s motto of “Give Love Aspire Motivate.”
The first is the Jessica. Hanging from thin gold twisted into a square spiral is a periwinkle-purple gem. It changes colors in the light, much like an ocean might on a clear day.
The Joelle has two fine diamond outlines dangling daintily over each other. The silver and gold tones shine and contrast with the slightest movement. I kind of liken them to pretty wind chimes you might see on someone’s back porch.
Now, we’re changing up the drill a little bit so pay attention.
To enter this giveaway, you have to SUGGEST TO ALL YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS THAT THEY “LIKE” AUDREY. Then, comment to this post, telling us that you did that. Everyone who does those two steps are entered to win a pair of G.L.A.M. earrings!
You have until September 1, 11:59 pm to suggest and comment, and re-tweeting gets you an additional entry. Don’t forget you must have a U.S. addy to win. Good luck!
No one can deny that fashion is an art. But when fashion and art collaborate, there you have true creativity.
Marc Jacobs and Takashi Murakami. Daphne Guinness and Comme des Garcons. And now there’s 7 For All Mankind and famed Japanese photographer, Mika Ningawa.
“Blurring the line between art and fashion is something I strongly believe in, and I’ve really enjoyed merging our two worlds together to create the pieces in this exceptional collection,” said Ninagawa, arguably Japan’s most popular photographer.
The 38-year-old’s work is seen everywhere from teen fashion magazines to high-end commercial fashion and advertising. In addition to her solo shows and exhibitions, Ninagawa has published numerous books of her work and made her directorial debut with her film Sakuran at the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival.
Super skinny “gummy” denim subtly emblazoned with a floral print taken from one of Ningawa’s iconic floral photographs. An almost holographic print on a perfectly fitting tee. A pop of color on summer’s must-have cut-off denim shorts. (Wear it well into fall with sheer black tights and a button down.) Even something for the men — a tee I’m definitely gonna have to swipe for myself.
One pretty cool way to inject some art into your everyday life.
The 7 For All Mankind By Mika collection retails from $89 to $198 and is available now at 7 For All Mankind boutiques in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Germany, France and Italy, as well as online.
Continue reading to see more styles.