Travel Through Time with Photography

Imagine how it would be like to meet yourself as a child. What would you say? How would you feel? How much would you have changed?

This is exactly the sort of questions that London-based, Japanese photographer, Chino Otsuka, had in mind for her “Imagine Finding Me” series. With a unique and visually stunning method of venturing into her past, the creative photographer travels through time by inserting her current self into images of her childhood self.

The photos show Otsuka at various stages of her life as well as various places around the world. “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” Otsuka tells to AGO.

AGO explains that Otsuka utilizes photography “to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time, and photography.”

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JAPAN 1976 and 2005
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JAPAN 1982 and 2006

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JAPAN 1981 and 2006

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JAPAN 1979 and 2006
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FRANCE 1984 and 2005

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CHINA 1985 and 2005

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The Ultimate Flashback: Childhood Photos of Your Favorite Asian Celebs

In honor of #FlashbackFriday, we decided to resurface the precious baby pictures of some of our most beloved Asian celebs. 

Remember that awkward pre-teen stage? No matter how many times you try to forget that horrid chapter of your life, the mental images are probably burned into your memory. Well, we have some good news. Everyone goes through strange childhood stages. Everyone. That includes some of your most favorite Asian celebrities!

So if you still feel like you’re going through an awkward phase, check out the photos below. Some of the most gorgeous Asian celebs had their facepalm moments too. There’s still hope for all of us!

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Keeping Your Smile Healthy

DEPT: Mind & Body

STORY: Shirley Lau

Of course we know the basics: brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist twice a year.  Dental and oral care expert, Dr. Pankaj Singh, adds that we should also maintain a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.  Here are a few more things Dr. Singh recommends you incorporate into your everyday routine to keep your teeth healthy and white (and your breath fresh!).

 — If you can’t brush after a meal, rinse your mouth and chew sugarless gum. There             is usually some form of sugar in every meal, and the damage caused is related to               the time sugar is present in the mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate                the formation of saliva, which accelerates the neutralization of acid.

 — If you must consume beverages that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea,                     carbonated drinks and red wine, use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. Rinse             your mouth immediately after to avoid staining and tooth decay.

 —  Use a whitening toothpaste once a week to remove surface stains and prevent            yellowing. Use a regular toothpaste the rest of the time. And clean your tongue every          time you brush, stroking in a back-to-front direction.

–  If you’re trying to conceive, schedule a dental checkup before you start. Hormonal changes, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, can make your gums swollen and puffy. Your dentist can remove any plaque you’ve built up so your gums will be less likely to act up. Also, try to brush after episodes of morning sickness to get rid of the acid in your mouth. Otherwise, it may harm tooth enamel.

–  Taking any oral contraceptives may make you susceptible to the same oral health conditions that affect pregnant women. As the hormones in oral contraceptives increase the levels of progesterone, any local irritants (food, plaque, etc.) may cause gums to turn red, bleed and swell.

–  For Asian American women, evolutionary changes in our phenotype have created a predisposition to narrowing of our jaws, which results in crowding of the dental arches, disruptions in tooth eruption and impacted wisdom teeth. An increased incidence of dental crowding, if left untreated, increases our risk for gum disease.

Originally posted in Audrey Magazine ISSUE: Winter 2011-12




Dealing With A Tight Budget This Holiday Season? CEO And Founder Manish Chandra’s App May Be Your Perfect Solution!

With the holidays fast approaching, shopping for gifts can be stressful especially if you’re working with a budget and a short timeline.  However, we found a great solution for those on the hunt for womenswear, accessories, and shoes to give: Poshmark, a smart phone, as well as web-based, selling platform founded by CEO Manish Chandra, Gautam Golwala, Chetan Pungaliya, and Tracy Sun.  First released in 2011, Poshmark now boasts over 10 million items from over 5000 different brands that are available for sale and continues to gain new members rapidly.  

You know how friends love to share their closets with each other?  Imagine being able to look through hundreds and thousands of closets full of designer brands, many of which are new and still have their tags.  We even found a lovely, brand new Rag & Bone leather trim moto jacket that originally retailed for $660 available for only $200! Even if you find a hidden gem that isn’t quite within your spending range, there are on-going sales and promotions and a streamlined option to negotiate with sellers on their listed price.  The ease, accessibility, and fast shipping make it highly appealing for shoppers.  You’ll be able to find that last-minute present just in the nick of time!  Also, some of our favorite style bloggers, like Wendy Nguyen from, can be found on Poshmark selling some of the luxury pieces seen on their popular blog posts.


A Look At Poshmark: Available For Both iPhone And Android

While other shopping apps do exist, Poshmark is a leader with annual sales reaching to the hundred million range, all while being just four years in since its launch.  To learn more about this highly successful app, we asked CEO and Founder Manish Chandra to share with Audrey readers more about what inspired Poshmark’s creation, early challenges in development, and the future he envisions.


Poshmark’s Founders Clockwise From The Upper Right: Manish Chandra, Tracy Sun, Gautam Golwala And Chetan Pungaliya

Audrey Magazine:  When did you first find an interest in fashion and e-commerce before tying it to your technology, education, and background?  Was there any specific inspiration behind Poshmark?

Manish Chandra:  My first foray into fashion was through my first company, Kaboodle, the first social shopping website. The idea to build that company came to me as my family was redecorating our house and found it challenging to share inspiration, ideas, and products with each other online. As Kaboodle began to take off and find success, we saw it was mostly women who gravitated towards social shopping, specifically around fashion which became a huge category for us. Beyond sharing inspiration and products, we saw a lot of women wanted to buy merchandise directly from each other, but the site wasn’t really built for that. Hearst Magazine eventually bought Kaboodle to add social and commerce into their media properties. After a few years with Hearst I knew I wanted to create a community-centric marketplace for fashion where women could easily share, buy , and sell all in one platform. The concept of Poshmark came to life one day in my wife’s closet when I saw how many of the items she had bought had never been worn, yet they still sat in her closet with tags on them. Fashion is a $350 billion industry in the U.S. alone and once items are bought and worn, they really don’t have an easy exit. The idea came back to me to create a social platform for buying and selling fashion but I felt like the technology wasn’t quite there yet. Then in summer of 2010, when the iPhone 4 came out, I saw within it the key to creating a community-centric marketplace – from the phenomenal quality of the camera to the the 24/7 real-time connection that the proliferation of smartphones provided.  I assembled a small team and we launched Poshmark in December of 2011.

With Poshmark, we set out to build a very engaged community of women who would come together in the app to shop each other’s closets. We took away all the pain points associated with buying and selling (payments, shipping, customer service, and marketing), creating an engaging and fun shopping experience that women could participate in no matter where they are. We made it simple and fun to take what’s in your closet and create your own boutique on your phone – leading women to upload the equivalent of an entire Nordstrom’s store worth of inventory into the marketplace every week.



AM:   What were some of the main challenges during Poshmark’s early days, from initial ideas to planning and finally launching the hugely successful app?  

MC:   The biggest challenge we faced early on was building an entire marketplace within a mobile app.  At that time, many people believed that a mobile app was just an extension of the web property and while important, was not critical to success.  We placed a huge bet, not only to go mobile first but to go mobile only.  Fortunately, we saw where the fashion consumer was heading and knew that in order to be successful at social commerce, they needed to be able to connect with one another and transact seamlessly from their phones.



AM:   Poshmark is built around not only consumership, but social networking. There’s a heavy amount of user-to-user interaction.  Do you feel that the “community” aspect is a large part of your app’s success?

MC:   Our community is at the core of everything we do at Poshmark. We took a very people-centric approach to building a marketplace.  It’s really engrained in our culture. For example, when we first started Poshmark, we used to host small events to recruit the first community members to learn from and listen to.  In the early days, we were excited to have five people show up to one of our events.  It was really about connecting around style and shopping each other’s closets.  We’ve implemented a lot of those opportunities to meet and connect in the app, for instance our virtual shopping parties which we host three times a day around different themes and categories.  The importance of nurturing this type of offline, personal connection has scaled as we’ve grown – participating in the Poshmark community is a lot like shopping with friends, giving you plenty of opportunities to discover and meet new people whose style you’d like to shop.  Sellers also help one another become successful, sharing each other’s items to their followers and mentoring new sellers as they join the platform.  And for the parties? We still host them all around the country, with attendance reaching up to 350 people.  Our community has also begun throwing their own meet-ups, taking relationships that start Poshmark into the real world, and supporting each other beyond just buying and selling.



AM:   What other aspects set Poshmark apart from other shopping apps?

MC:    Our community!  While deep technology and data are important for connecting you to the right people and products in a shopping app, it’s truly the millions of women on Poshmark who set us apart.  It’s these women who are becoming the next generation of retailers, who are sharing more than 2 million items a day.  They help to facilitate discovery in the app, connect one another, and support each other on their journeys.  Everyone on Poshmark has their own individual path and we embrace every single person as they fulfill their dreams on the app – whether they are a savvy shopper who loves scoring designer deals, have left their corporate jobs because of their success on Poshmark, started six figure fashion businesses while in college, are financially supporting their families, or are just making money doing something they love.



AM: Finally, what future progression do you foresee with Poshmark?

MC: We recently launched retail on Poshmark, combining retail and resale fashion together, all in one app.

What tends to happen on Poshmark is that people join, they have so much fun buying and selling from their closet, and then they eventually run out of inventory in their closet. They want to continue to sell so they then go out and begin sourcing items to resell on the app, with many attending trade shows and wholesale markets in the major cities. These are everyday women who are just realizing they have a knack for selling their style.  Because Poshmark has made it so simple for any woman to participate in this economy, everyone from millennials to moms are able to turn their love of fashion into a business on the app.

With the launch of retail on Poshmark, we are now opening up Poshmark to fashion brands, allowing certified sellers to purchase new inventory from brands via a wholesale portal and then turn around and sell in their closets.

In the near future, we’ll also be launching new categories (kids and mens) and our international expansion.


The Poshmark feed where new items pop up by the second! A view for both Android and iOS o.

For more information on the app or to take a peek at how it works check out their website!   

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Unique Christmas Traditions in Asia

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Christmas is coming fast!  For many of us, this season means decorating Christmas trees, navigating through crowded malls, playing the Michael Bublé Christmas album way too much, and baking gingerbread cookies.  But what does Christmas look like for the rest of the world?  More specifically, how is Christmas in Asia?

Asian countries have a smaller number of Christians and Catholics compared to the rest of the world.  In Thailand, for instance, less than 1% of the population is Christian.  As a result, many Asian countries that do celebrate Christmas simply follow Western customs and traditions, such as Midnight Mass and the exchange of gifts (but not without enthusiasm).  In places like Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Malaysia, Western customs and traditions are followed, but the holiday has a more secular view than a religious one.

Of course, this is not the case for all Asian countries.  The Philippines, for instance, is one of two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia and Christmas is the most enthusiastically celebrated holiday on the calendar.  The country is known for celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season, which begins September 1st.

We’ve found that the Asian countries that do celebrate Christmas have an interesting set of traditions specific to their country.  Here are some of the most unique ones:






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In 1974, KFC Japan began to promote fried chicken as a Christmas meal.  The insanely successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign made the “Christmas Chicken” bucket an annual tradition.  In fact, the tradition has become so popular that people order their buckets months in advance to avoid the two hour line.

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In addition to KFC fried chicken, there is one more thing that must be on the table for any Japanese home to feel the holiday spirit: Christmas cake.  According to anthropologist Michael Ashkenazi, who studied Japanese culture and tradition, Christmas cake is “sold on practically every street corner.”  Japanese Christmas cakes are sponge cakes covered in white cream and ruby red strawberries.





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Christianity is still relatively new in Korea, so many Christmas celebrations follow that of Western culture.  However, Korea has its own version of Santa Claus.  Santa Haraboji, or Grandfather Santa, looks similar to the Western Santa, but he wears a traditional Korean hat (갓 gat) and his statues have often portrayed him in a green suit instead of a red one.






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Although Indonesia is a Muslim country, Christmas is still regarded as a public holiday that is celebrated by many.  Shopping malls are known to be covered in Christmas decorations and Santa Claus is even a widely-known figure.  One Christmas tradition in Indonesia are the use of fireworks, one that we typically see in July.





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Similar to Indonesia, India has a very small Christian population.  But the 2.3% of Christians (that’s 25 million) are very enthusiastic about Christmas.  Religious customs, such as Midnight Mass, are observed,  Some even put a small, oil-burning, clay lamp on their roof to show that Jesus is the light of the world.  In South India, the tradition of the Christmas tree is alive and well, but instead of pine trees, mangos trees are used.




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In the Philippines, Christmas is celebrated from September until January.  Needless to say, this holiday is huge.  One of the most well-known traditions is Simbang Gabi (night mass), which are nightly, dawn masses beginning from December 16th and ending on Christmas Eve.  The masses are meant to show devotion to God and create more anticipation for the birth of Christ.  After each mass, plenty of traditional food is consumed.

A "parol" is a traditional Filipino Christmas lantern.

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To us, the Christmas tree is one of the most symbolic decorations of Christmas.  In the Philippines, it’s the paról.  Paróls are star-shaped lanterns that represent the star of Bethlehem, which guided the Three Kings.  Early paróls were made of bamboo, rice paper, and oil lanterns.  Now, the art form of making paróls has become as intricate as they are beautiful.


Know more unique Asian Christmas traditions? Let us know!





Breakfast Food Around the World

If there’s one thing that joins people together, it is food.  In fact, people often travel the world with the goal to try new types of food.  This happens so often that the World Food Travel association has coined the term Food Tourism as the “pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.”

And why shouldn’t travelers be interested in new foods?  After all, food can tell you much about culture, traditions, and taste.

Now the old saying is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  In honor of that, Buzzfeed created the video, “What Does The World Eat For Breakfast”.

In the video, we get a glimpse of a typical breakfast in various parts of the world.  The video doesn’t seem to contain entire breakfast meals, but it certainly shows the most common breakfast foods of each country, including the following Asian countries:
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Check out the entire video below:





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Fighting Adult Acne

DEPT Mind and Body
Issue Fall 2013
Author Anna M. Park

HED: Fight the Blight

Acne affects 40 to 50 million Americans; nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives.  And while acne medications abound to treat this most common skin disorder in the U.S., more and more experts are recommending lifestyle and diet changes to fight adult acne.

The best explanation I have ever found on adult acne is in celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu’s book, Feed Your Face (  Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Wu espouses that what you eat does affect your complexion.  According to Dr. Wu, “Women with adult acne also tend to have higher levels of insulin in their blood, elevated androgens (the male sex hormone), and higher rates of insulin resistance than those without.”  Androgens naturally spike around ovulation, which can lead to hormonal acne, usually showing up on the chin, neck, and jawline.  While there’s not much you can do about PMS (the hormone associated with increased oil production and clogged pores), there  are things you can do to minimize the hormonal effects on your complexion.


Avoid high glycemic index foods.

High-sugar and refined carbs cause your blood sugar to spike, which stimulates your body to pump out insulin.  This in turn increases androgen levels, excess oil, and skin cell production, all of which lead to clogged pores and breakouts.  In other words, no white rice or bread, and limit sugars, including processed luncheon meats, ketchup and pasta sauces.

Cut out full-fat milk and dairy.

Even organic cow’s milk contains hormones, which have been shown to elevate insulin production the way white bread does.

Avoid foods high in iodine like eggs, seaweed, sushi rolls, and salty food.

Eat more zinc-rich foods like lean red meat, lentils, and raw oysters, which fight inflammation and acne- causing bacteria.

Eat more Omega-3s found in almonds, walnuts, flaxseed, and cold- water fish like salmon or tuna, which fight inflammation and decreases the hormone associated with increased oil production and clogged pores.

Diana Seo also believes that what goes into our body is reflected on the outside.  As founder and president of B Spa Bar Salon in New York, Seo incorporates both Eastern and Western techniques to maintain balance and a healthy life.  By using a system similar to the way ancient Chinese herbalists map the face, Seo can often tell the cause of the acne.  If the breakout occurs near the jawline, it is usually hormonal; cheek acne may be lung-related; stomach issues often lead to breakouts on the mouth or chin; acne on the nose relates to the heart.

To treat adult acne, Seo will put her clients on a detox program using GliSODin Skin Nutrients powder for 15 days.  She encourages clients to drink a lot of water and eat lots of colorful veggies and fruit, and to consume less sugar, salty foods, and processed foods. She also likes LED light to treat blemishes.  At B Spa Bar, she utilizes the ANSR: BEAM, a two-in-one device that utilizes blue LED light to treat blemishes followed by red LED light to increase collagen production and reduce redness.

Finally, says Seo, change your nighttime routine.  Shower and cleanse at night before going to bed — your skin heals itself during sleep.  Sleep on your back, not on your side or face down, to avoid clogging pores. And change your pillow covers often to avoid getting the dirt on your pillow onto your face.

This was originally featured in Audrey Magazine’s Fall 2013 issue, but has been edited to be posted.




Thanksgiving Aftermath Stress and Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast

HED: Blast Off

DEPT Mind and Body
Issue Fall 2012
Author Hilal Nakiboglu

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to physically and mentally rid ourselves of the Thanksgiving stress.  That includes food preparation, the black Friday shopping, and getting rid of the “side effects” of our indulgences.  When we saw Ani Phyo’s book, Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast, we knew we had to try it to test its results.  Here we question the Korean American organic chef and self proclaimed ‘eco-stylist’ about her incredible 15 day claim.

Audrey Magazine: What was your relationship with food like growing up?

Ani Phyo:  Well, my dad had a terminal illness. He was raised in North Korea and there was tuberculosis in the water supply. The antibiotics they distributed were too strong and Dad had kidney failure as a result. He ended up having to get a kidney transplant and then he extended his life 10 or 12 years beyond what was expected because we moved out of the city and into the Catskills, this mountain town literally in the middle of nowhere. There was one main street, one block of stores and that’s it. We had five acres of land and my parents grew their own food.

AM: Organic?

AP: It was more than organic. Totally natural. No chemicals. Every morning my mother would go out and see whatever was ripe and from that she’d make vegetable juice. A lot of that was because my dad was sick. So I ended up being raised on a heavily raw diet.

AM: What do you mean by “raw?”

AP: Whole food. Unprocessed. That’s how traditional Korean food is, too, actually. It comes from the earth. It’s food that’s not manufactured. That’s a raw food diet and that’s pretty much how we ate. Growing up, I saw firsthand how food is really medicine and how you can use food to create health and increase longevity and boost your immune system.

AM: And then you left home for college.

AP: (Laughs) Right. When I went to college it was, oh my gosh, like a smorgasbord of all this food I never got to have. All the deep-fried cheese, the pizzas and pastas, the white flour, cakes and cookies. I gained a lot of weight.

AM: How much weight?

AP: About 20 pounds. And my cholesterol skyrocketed to almost 300. I went back home for Thanksgiving and my mother was shocked. I never had a weight issue growing up, so she knew how to get me back. She said, “There’s a reason we brought you up on those foods.”

AM: So what’s your advice for the college-bound?

AP: Avoid everything white: white flour, white sugar; avoid dairy. Gravitate toward whole food as much as possible. The salad bar is a good bet.

AM: And if you stumble, there’s always the 15-Day Fat Blast to get you back on track. But why 15 days? Is there a magic to that number?

AP: In 15 days you’re eliminating common allergens, which help reduce inflammation in your body. So you will immediately notice that you feel lighter, tighter, leaner because that swelling has decreased. You also have more energy because there’s nothing challenging or draining your system. We’re eliminating the foods that bog us down and replacing them with fruits and vegetables, with all these nutrients that our bodies need. We want our bodies to hum, like a well-oiled machine. That’s why we need to give our bodies rocket fuel, not low-grade, watered-down fuel. When we switch to rocket fuel, we not only become leaner and tighter but we gain mental clarity. We can focus better. We feel better. We are better.



To test the proclaimed results of Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast, I took on the 15-day challenge.  Continue reading to see how I fared as I tried the raw food diet!


I’ve been eating like a Jersey Shore cast member. I can’t go on having sandwich meat
straight out of the refrigerator and calling it “lunch”.   Maybe that’s cute when you’re 21
and drunk and it’s 3 am, but that’s not my life. I’m a grownup. Let’s do this.

Day 1: Start morning with blueberry shake. Over the first three days, Ani promises to dissolve the “caked-on engine crud” that slows us down. Mmm, engine crud.

Day 2: Recipes include goji berries, camu camu, and chlorella. I’m thinking a trip to the
health food store is in order. I’m also thinking: new blender.

Day 3: Love in the time of chlorella! So far so good: feeling full, feeling focused.

Day 4: Realizing there are a lot of smoothies involved in this. “Liquid lunch” now has a
whole new meaning.

Day 5: Diet promises to send my energy soaring, my “health markers positively upward,” and to launch my mood, skin, body into highest stratospheres of hotness. Fully expect to become Gisele Bündchen.

Day 6: Feeling light, alert, and totally self-righteous. Like Gisele after a Master Cleanse.

Day 7: Had a dream last night about deep dish pizza shaped like the President. What could it mean? Pondering over morning shake.

Day 8: On today’s menu: cucumber soup. Must go grocery shopping again. Luckily, Ani
provides list.

Day 9: Pleasant bonus of Fat Blast Diet: fab hair! Am aglow. Channeling Princess
Kate. Not-so-pleasant bonus: frequent bathroom breaks. Channeling pregnant ladies

Day 10: Ani says: “Be honest … and get rid of the anchors that may be holding you
down from blasting off into the body and life you want.” Hmm …

Day 11: Collard rolls. Can we not and say we did?

Day 12: Ani wants me to “begin a gratitude practice.” Am grateful the collard rolls are
behind me.

Day 13: An abundance of energy today. They should call this the “roar-food diet.”

Day 14: Today’s Beauty Berry Shake was divine. Am an expert at working new
blender, and now qualified for employment at Jamba Juice.

Day 15: Starting weight: 114 lbs. End weight: 108 lbs. My skin is clear, my hair
healthier. So long engine crud!


This was originally posted in Audrey Magazine’s 2012 Fall Issue, but has been edited to be reposted.

DEPT Mind and Body
Issue Fall 2012
Author Hilal Nakiboglu






Looking For The Perfect Holiday Gift? Check Out Designer Hanh Nguyen’s Beautiful, Wearable Art

While most designers work to push out two to three seasonal collections a year, Hanh Nguyen aims for creating one solid group of work that represents a special combination of hand drawn illustrations and graphic designs with contemporary fits.  Looking through the sketches and reading what Nguyen has to say about her work reveals that time is the best factor for producing garments imbued with quality and all the things that have influenced her from her childhood through each collection she has lovingly prepared.  From washing and dying individual pieces for unique color variances on limited edition tops to handling all the silk screening of her artwork, Nguyen ensures perfection on every piece she makes available on her website.  Keep reading to for a personal look into Nguyen’s work and life!


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Audrey Magazine: Which came first, your love for fashion or your love for art?
Hanh Nguyen: Love for art came first. I probably didn’t know what fashion was when I first picked up those markers and doodled all over my house’s wall.

AM: Can you walk us through the process of first initial illustration to final garments for your current Crystallize collection, and what inspired the theme?
HN: All my collections start with an inspiration and I search for them everywhere. From what I have come across with during my personal life during my travels, the music I listen to, and other people’s artwork that makes me wander.

For Crystallize, I thought about how beautiful it is when you take chances to fulfill your dreams and things kind of blossom into place, like crystal forming.  For example, I’ve always wanted to live abroad in Italy to gain more fashion experience and then that happened in 2007. After I graduated from my fashion degree, I got this really boring job that wasn’t related to what I studied. So within a month’s plan, I decided to take off to Italy and spent a year there to study graphic design, which lead me to my signature style of combining artwork with fashion. Long story short, that year in Europe was one of the best times of my life. I spent that Summer interning in Amsterdam and met my husband in Berlin.

After I found my inspiration, I would create the initial artwork and then make different versions of it to fit it into the bodies.

AM: What do you feel is the main challenge of combining illustrations with fashion design? Each collection you create seems very well balanced in such a way that one doesn’t over power the other.
HN: I think the biggest challenge is how to create different artworks that can tie together as a story and aesthetically.

AM: We loved seeing men sporting the Winter Garden collection just as much as women, how did it feel to see your work being adored all around?
HN: It literally puts a smile on my face.  That’s why I love being out at the markets.  I get to see people trying on and buying my work.  And seeing men trying on and buying them confirms that the tomboy in me lives through my work.


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AM: How soon after releasing each collection did you start planning for your next?
HN: Pretty much right after.

AM: Finally, any hints for what next year’s collection may be about?
HN: I will be doing a part II collection of Crystallize by adding a drop of color and denim!

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Party Season is Here! Audrey Helps You Get Through the Holiday Season

’Tis the season to indulge, so go ahead — don’t let us be a wet blanket on the festivities. Just heed a bit of pre-party advice to minimize post-party fallouts.  And when you’ve binged to your heart’s content, we’ve got a few tips to help you recover.




* Two weeks before, make sure your teeth are party-ready with Glo Science’s latest G-Vial whitening gel — just apply with a brush twice a day for 30 seconds.


* Pregame like dermatologist extraordinaire Dr. Jessica Wu, who says in her book, Feed Your Face, that she like to have a snack (try almonds!) before a big dinner to avoid overeating.

* An hour out, before you slip on that special dress, maximize your hotness with a Wei Beauty Décolletage Treatment Pad, a mask with coconut water, kelp, and free radical-fighting gingko, specifically made for the delicate skin on your chest.





* In her book, Dr. Wu recommends a dry red wine like cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir for maximum antioxidants (chardonnay, if you prefer white).  If you’re more a cocktail kind of girl, she says to go for vodka with club soda or diet tonic water.

* Don’t forget to hydrate with a glass of water after every drink.  That’ll also help you moderate your drinking.

* After all that rich, scrumptious food, chew gum with xylitol, like Trident, to freshen breath.




* Whatever you do, don’t forget to take off your makeup.  Keep Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths on your nightstand to remove even waterproof makeup with mineral-rich water from Japan’s Yumura Hot Springs — no tugging and no rinsing required.


* In the morning, apply cotton balls soaked in soy milk (squeeze out the excess) for five minutes to reduce swelling, hydrate skin, and constrict veins in bloodshot eyes, says Dr. Wu.

Read more tips to get you through the holiday season in Audrey‘s Winter 2013-14 issue!