Bollywood’s Filmfare Awards — often referred to as the Oscars of the Hindi film industry — was filmed back in January in Mumbai, but the show aired on February 17, 2013, courtesy of Sony Entertainment Television Asia.
Co-hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan, the show celebrated the 100th anniversary of Indian film and featured performances by Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Usha Uthap, and more.
Top winners included Barfi! (Best Film, Best Actor – Ranbir Kapoor, Best Debut – Ileana D’Cruz, Best Score, Trendsetter of the Year) and Kahaani (Best Director, Best Actress – Vidya Balan, Best Cinematography, Best Editing). The Filmfare Critics Awards went to Gangs of Wasseypur (Best Film and Best Actress – Richa Chaddha) and Paan Singh Tomar (Best Actor – Irrfan Khan).
Audrey’s favorite looks from the red carpet are below:
Typically speaking, a mouth full of metal often make us think of those awkward adolescent years that we would actually rather not think about. This does not seem to be the case, however, for Asia who has its teenagers dishing out $100 just for a pair of fake braces. This fashion statement has been spreading throughout Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
So why fake braces? While we may find this fad strange, further inspection helps us understand why such a trend has surfaced. Fake braces appears to be first and foremost a status symbol. Often, dental care in these areas is considered a luxury. Braces can run for about $1,200 – a very difficult price for many average families. So while we have our fake designer bags, they have fake braces. Furthermore, fake braces remain to be fashion statement. Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty are two of the more popular designs available in fake braces. Even we can find some relation to this trend with the obvious rise of Geek Chic. Some of our biggest stars embrace the culture such as Katy Perry in her music video Last Friday Night.
As expected, such a item doesn’t come without its share of risks. Reminding us of another peculiar trend Big Eye Contacts (unprescribed contacts which made the eye appear bigger than it actually was), fake braces have caused a number of health concerns. Some of the braces contain lead and they all are huge choking hazards because of the amateur methods of placing the braces in ones mouth. Vice.com informs us that fake braces have led to the deaths of two teens in Thailand. Governments have been cracking down on this dangerous item and vendors of this product may be charged up to six months in prison and a $1,3000 fine.
While New York Fashion Week is the stage for the world’s best designers to showcase their latest work, some of the more exciting moments come from discovering emerging talent in the fashion industry.
We’ve been taking notice of up and coming fashion designer Ann Yee — check her out in Steve Madden’s “Meet the Makers” video series.
For more information about Ann Yee’s collection, please visit her site.
Check out the Steve Madden x Ann Yee video below the cut!
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.
Chocolates, hearts, roses, and love in the air- yup, it definitely feels like Valentine’s Day. Although we’re accustomed to a number of Valentine’s Day traditions, we may not know where a lot of these traditions come from. In fact, many of us don’t even know the actual origin of Valentine’s Day itself. In honor of this holiday, we plan to explore everything from chocolate covered strawberries to cupid.
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!
Shanghai Calling is not merely a story about an American businessman moving to Shanghai. Presented in the form of a quirky romantic comedy, this film pulls its audience in by covering love, culture, stereotypes, personal growth and so much more. Daniel Henney plays the character Sam- a driven, uptight, condescending New York lawyer determined to become partner at his well-established firm. Although he is completely disconnected to his Chinese roots, he is sent to Shanghai (much to his discontent) for a business ordeal. What Sam expects to be a short and uneventful three months turns into a crazy, stressful, life-changing adventure.
As Sam deals with a career-ending threat, he comes across characters who most definitely teach him a thing or two. His assistant Fang Fang (played by actress Zhu Zhu) teaches him not to judge a book by its cover. Fang Fang reveals the difficult stereotypes against Chinese women as well as the societal pressures they must face. His relocation specialist Amanda (played by Eliza Coupe) proves that she has embraced Chinese culture more than he ever has despite being Caucasian. The two uncover various assumptions that are placed upon immigrants in China. Most importantly, his business associates allow him to question his integrity and his character. Just how far will he go to make sure his business thrives?
This feel-good movie is intelligent, socially aware, teaches many more lessons than one expects, and is simply a delight to watch. Be sure to check out Shanghai Calling and watch the trailer below:
Today’s NYFW recap features some of favorite classic Asian designers: Philip Lim and Vivienne Tam!