Alexander Wang Releases “T” Spring 2015 Collection Early

For those of you that are die-hard Alexander Wang fans, his ready-to-wear T line is here and ahead of schedule. While most designers are still carrying their fall collections, Wang just released his much-anticipated spring 2015 collection.  You can even preview and pre-order online now.  Still maintaining a casual, sporty look, the spring 2015 collection does clean up a bit more with some draped suiting options and fitted tops.  Moving away from the usual neutrals of T’s previous years, you’ll find a good amount of bold primaries and bright green to liven things up especially with the new color blocked logo found on most of the designs.

Check out the full look book for the collection here via Style.com.

Below are some of the first styles available for sale on the website today. Of course, over time more will be added.  If you want a jump start to your spring wardrobe there’s plenty of pieces great for creating entire looks.

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Available In Navy & Beige, Draped Zip Waist Blazer, $515

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Draped Suiting Wrap Skirt, $380

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Available In Navy & Beige, Drape Suiting Side Slit Pant, $425

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Mockneck Logo Crop Top, $285

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Bonded Fleece Sweatshirt Dress, $295

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Intarsia Knit Crop Top, $425

 

All Images and Feature Images Courtesy Of Alexanderwang.com

 

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Can’t Wait For Utada Hikaru’s New Music? Reminisce With These Top 5 Songs

Who remembers J-Pop singer Utada Hikaru? Unlike most J-Pop idols, Utada Hikaru is well-known for writing and producing all her music, a feat that has paid off with the 52 million albums she’s sold. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jpop, you may recognize Utada Hikaru for her Kingdom Hearts songs “Simple and Clean” and “Sanctuary.”

Although she was considered one of the most influential Japanese artists of the 2000s, Utada Hikaru announced she was going on hiatus in 2010 for personal reasons. She added that the hiatus shouldn’t last more than five years.

Now it’s 2015. Although she stepped out of the limelight, rumblings from her personal life have made it’s way to the public. Some of the news, such as her marriage, were good. Other news, such as her mother’s death, were tragic. All the while, fans made it clear that they missed her. A tribute album was released in Japan featuring artists such as Sheena Ringo and Ayumi Hamasaki.

But recent news has hinted that the wait may finally be over. Utada Hikaru has announced via twitter that she is working on a new song with the working title “Sasshire Cappucino.” Is it the end of her hiatus? No one is sure yet. But new music from Utada Hikaru is welcome and we here at Audrey thought it would be great to reminisce on five of her greatest songs while waiting for “Sasshire Cappucino.” Ranked in no particular order, here they are:

 


 

1. First Love

Released as her third single in 1999, “First Love” was written and composed by Utada Hikaru at the tender age of sixteen. This is especially surprising considering the first lines of the song translate to “our last kiss, taste like a cigarette.” Despite this edgy opener, “First Love” is primarily a song of heartbreak, with a chorus that is both wistful and devastated. Who wouldn’t cry when she sings “I’ll remember to love, you taught me how.”

 


 

2. Passion

Primarily known as the Japanese version to the second Kingdom Hearts opening theme, “Passion” is a beast on it’s own. The closest English equivalent would be an Enya song, but that doesn’t even fully capture this ethereal rock-ballad with the soaring background vocals. There’s also quite a few english lyrics sung backwards in the chorus. Can you find them?

 


 

3. FINAL DISTANCE

A ballad re-arrangement of her song “Distance,” Utada Hikaru reworked the song after she heard that the 6-year-old victim of a school stabbing, Rena Yamashita, was a fan of hers. It’s hard to do a slow, mostly-piano driven ballad without boring the listener, but “FINAL DISTANCE” always seems to evoke tears.

 


 

4. Kiss & Cry

Speaking of working song titles, Utada Hikaru once revealed the working title of “Kiss & Cry” was called “Dancing Leah” after the Filipina American model Leah Dizon. While “Kiss & Cry” certainly has a danceable beat, it’s not exactly club material. But then again, as long as “Kiss & Cry” is playing, we are down for anything.

 


 

5. Flavor of Life (Ballad Version)

Lastly there is “Flavor of Life (Ballad Version),” which many know as the theme song to Hana Yori Dango 2 (Boys over Flowers 2). Equally heartbreaking and catchy, “Flavor of Life” is undeniably one of Utada Hikaru’s biggest hits. In Japan alone, it sold 700,000 physical copies and 7.7 digital downloads in the year of 2007. Yeah, it’s huge and we can understand why.

 


 

BONUS: Sakura Nagashi

We’re cheating with this one, but this song, which was released in 2011 (after the the hiatus) for the Neon Genesis Evangelion movie, is simply exquisite. Bring on your new material when you are ready, Hikki-chan!

 

Employment Opportunity: Audrey Magazine is Looking For An Office Manager

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine, the longest-running independent English-language publication serving the Korean American community and the Asian American community, is looking for a part-time assistant office manager/administrator to begin immediately. The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years of administrative experience.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to handling all subscriptions to KoreAm/Audrey, managing the accounts, managing payroll, human resources, involvement in KoreAm/Audrey events and more. The ideal candidate must be tech-savvy and must be familiar with programs such as Quick Book, Excel and Word.

If qualified and interested in the position, please send your resume and cover letter to James@iamkoream.com and Michael@iamkoream.com.

No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. The job will be located in our new office in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Steven Yeun and Conan O’Brien Strip Down For A Korean Spa

A Korean Spa, for a first-timer, is definitely an experience you won’t forget. To be frank, there’s plenty of nudity everywhere you look so you’ll see everyone’s full moon, their stars and everything in between.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable enough to walk amongst others in your birthday suit. In fact, in Korean Spas, it’s actually frowned upon if you’re clothed because it’s a snub to the other spa-goers. It’s as if your body is superior and no one deserves to see it. However, in America, baring it all is just something we’re not accustomed to. Our idea of a spa trip typically has us comfortably bundled up in a robe and the level of nudity would only go so far as a body towel to hide the cash and prizes.

So imagine throwing American stars, Conan O’Brien and Steven Yeun, into a Korean Spa. Sounds entertaining? Yup, it absolutely is. From their embarrassing interactions with the other men to their awkward bromance moments, the little episode is pure hilarity.

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Watch as Steven and Conan go au naturel at a Korean Spa:

In all honesty, that full body scrub sounds glorious…minus the screaming. Anyone else ready to hit up the spa?

 

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Must-Read of the Week: ‘The Lotus and the Storm’ by Lan Cao

From the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Monkey Bridge comes The Lotus and the Storm, another look at the Vietnam War and its aftermath, this time from the alternating perspectives of Mai, a law librarian in the D.C. area, and her father Minh, a former commander in the South Vietnamese army.

The book opens with a carefree, tranquil picture of 5-year-old Mai’s world — her elegant mother, affectionate father and adored older sister — all embraced within the walls of the family’s lush French colonial style villa in Cholon, Saigon’s sister city, in 1963. To Mai, war seems far away, despite her father’s “satiny eggplant color” and “boots, muddied and nicked” after months away. It is when we are jarred into the more recent present of Minh that we realize those halcyon days will indeed have been shattered by unspeakable loss and tragedy.

With many parallels to author Lan Cao’s own personal story, as well as that of her father — relatives on opposite sides of a civil war, the death of a sibling, political intrigue and near-death escapes, the long-term devastating effects of war — The Lotus and the Storm is an important piece of the Vietnam War story.

 

Details Hardcover, $27.95, penguin.com.

 

#MuslimLivesMatter: Outrage Over the Murder of Three Muslim Students

 

On February 10, 2015, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her younger sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were shot to death in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Police have charged Craig Hicks, a neighbor to the victims who reportedly turned himself in, with first-degree murder. Allegedly, Hicks condemned all religions on Facebook prior to the shooting. If this is indeed the reason behind his actions, then innocent Muslim students may have lost their lives due to Islamophobia.

Islamophobia, the fear and hatred of the religion of Islam, Muslims, and anyone who is perceived as Muslim, has been running rampant as evidenced by the racist tweets following American Sniper and the anti-Islam ads in San Francisco. Now, we have living proof that Islamophobic sentiment can turn deadly. Many are pointing at American media as a contributor to Islamophobia.

On the night of the shooting, #ChapelHillShooting was the the top trending hashtag on Twitter, but when we checked at 11PM PST for news on the story, we couldn’t find any coverage apart from local news media and Buzzfeed. We weren’t the only ones:

The hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter was created as a response to the American media’s lack of coverage on this incident and to show proof that there are people out there who do believe Muslim lives matter:

 

A community Facebook page called Our Three Winners has been set up to remember the lives of the victims. Needless to say, these three were all extraordinary individuals who sought to help others. Deah Barakat and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha were both focused on providing dental care to Syrian refugees in Turkey. In fact, Barakat created a charity which you can still donate to. 19-year-old Razan Abu-Salha was just as dedicated to helping others. She spent her spare time supporting charities such as Global Deaf Muslim, which advocates for equal access to Islam for the deaf and hard of hearing.

If these three were able to recognize that other lives matter, surely we can all recognize that #MuslimLivesMatter.

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Make the Cutest Valentine’s Day Treats With These Video Tutorials

Smell that? Can it be the smell of love in the air? Nope, it’s something even better: freshly baked cookies.

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re still looking for some last minute gift ideas for your friends or that special someone, we have just the thing. Even if you’re not enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day itself, we’re going to go ahead and bet that you’re enthusiastic about adorable food. We certainly are.

This is where Eugenie comes in. Eugenie, the creator of the popular blog Eugenie Kitchen, is a talented food blogger and vlogger who is known for her creative dishes. With over 2,000 followers on Twitter, nearly 25k followers on Instagram, over 100k likes on Facebook and nearly 300k subscribers on YouTube, you can bet we came to the right person for Valentine’s Day food ideas.

Sure enough, Eugenie has a number of easy-to-follow tutorials for Valentine’s Day treats that are so adorable, how can we not make them?

Check out our favorites below:

 


 

Heart Pancakes
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We can’t get over how cute this pancake is! It certainly looks complicated, but the step-by-step tutorial makes it easy enough for anyone to follow along. For these heart pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
1 tablespoon baking powder (7g)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (10ml)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (55g)
1 cup whole milk (240ml)
Food color – red

Note: Eugenie also uses squeeze bottles to perfect her pancake’s design. Here’s the video tutorial below.

 


 

Valentine’s Day Brunch
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Next, Eugenie shows us how to turn simple breakfast food, like toast and eggs, into cute Valentine’s Day treats. In this case, toast gets turned into a love letter and eggs are shaped into fried egg hearts. For this, you will simply need:

1 egg
Cooking oil
Sandwich bread
Strawberries

Note: These dishes also require a metal, heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check out it out below.

 


 

Rainbow Heart Cake
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If you’re looking to try something a little more intricate, how about this 22-layer rainbow heart cake? You’ll be sure to impress the ones you love with this sweet dessert! It may look a little complicated, but this crepe cakes gets easier once you get the hang of it. The ingredients are:

3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15ml)
1/2 stick unsalted butter melted (55g)
1 1/2 cups milk (380ml)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (185g)
Whipped Cream Filling: (or use your favorite crepe cake filling.)
2 cups whipping cream (480ml)
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (5ml)
Food colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet

Note: This cake requires the use of templates. Luckily, Eugenie has provided them here on her blog. Check out the video tutorial below.

 


 

Rainbow Heart Cookies
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Not in the mood for cake? Well you can’t go wrong with cookies. These rainbow cookies are sure to impress any Valentine. The best part? They’re not hard to make! The ingredients needed are:

¾ cup unsalted butter (170g) at room temperature
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (155g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 ½ cups cake flour (310g)
Food colors (Wilton or AmeriColor)
Sprinkles
Egg wash: 1 egg white & 1 teaspoon water

Note: Just like the Valentine’s Day brunch, these cookies will require a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check it out below.

 

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#MuslimVDay: Valentine’s Day Cards That Combat Islamophobia

 

The racist tweets that followed American Sniper gives us just a small taste of the Islamophobia and the anti-Muslim sentiment that is alive and well in America. According to Wikipedia, Islamophobia is “a term for prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam, Muslims, or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim.”

Well Los Angeles-based writer and activist Taz Ahmed was tired of it all and decided to use Valentine’s Day as an outlet for her frustration. The result? #MuslimVDay cards.

These “delightfully uncomfortable” Valentine’s Day cards aim to make you laugh and if you’re uncomfortable while laughing, then the cards have done their job. As Colorlines Magazine points out, these cards are Ahmed’s answer to Islamophobia and stereotypes faced by Muslim women.

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“I was tired of Muslims being put into a box — and tired of being in the box of a non-sexual Muslim woman,” Ahmed told Colorlines. “So this was my way of reappropriating Islamophobia.”

Ahmed recently released her fourth series of cards, which can be purchased on Etsy. Not sure if these cards are for you? Ahmed says they’re great for any Muslim who “finds it difficult to find that perfectly snarkily witty Valentine Day card that convey the exact emotions you feel of love in the time of a racialized, islamophobia-ridden America.”

 

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Intrigued? Check out some the cards from the previous years below:

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All photos courtesy of Tazzy Star Shop.

Guess That Asian: A Learning Game Inspired by Steven Yeun

Last week, Steven Yeun appeared on Conan and talked about other Asians who claim they get mistaken for him all the time. I have to admit, I can relate. No, I have not been mistaken for Steven Yeun (at least not yet), but I have been mistaken for other girls simply because we’re both Asian. Sometimes it’s a girl who’s completely different in height, age and ethnicity. Heck, sometimes it’s Lucy Liu.

The point is, Steven Yeun is right. Not all Asians look alike. While he decided to prove his point with interracial lookalikes, I have developed a fail-proof game to help practice telling all Asians apart (because clearly, some people need assistance with this).

Answers will be provided below, but remember, we are here to foster an environment of learning and enlightenment. So let’s begin!

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1. Steven Yeun vs. Daniel Dae Kim

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I know it must be really hard for some of you to see that these are two different people, but they are! One is Steven Yeun, an actor from The Walking Dead (hint: he’s the guy in the first picture you saw). The other is surprisingly not Steven Yeun! He’s an actor named Daniel Dae Kim, best known for Lost and Hawaii Five-O.

 


 

2. Rinko Kikuchi vs. Doona Bae

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Oh, the challenges of being critically acclaimed. One is Japanese actress and Audrey Cover Girl Rinko Kikuchi, known for Babel, Pacific Rim and the upcoming Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter. The other is not even Japanese at all. Yup, there are different kinds of Asian! Doona Bae is a Korean actress and the Wachowski’s newest favorite who stars in Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending and the upcoming Netflix series Sens8.

 


 

3. Dev Patel vs. Suraj Sharma

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Sometimes, all you need to do is turn in a great performance in an Oscar-nominated film and….not get nominated for your acting. One is Dev Patel, the kid from Slumdog Millionare, who is also in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchise, The Newsroom and the upcoming Chappie. The other is Suraj Sharma, the kid from Life of Pi, who will be in the upcoming Sundance winner Umrika. Can’t tell the difference? Just ask Claire Danes!

 


 

4. Randall Park vs. Kim Jong Un

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This is where it starts to get tough. One is a ruthless North Koren dictator. The other is an actor who plays the North Korean dictator in The Interview and now plays the dad in Fresh off the Boat. Confusing, right?

 


 

5. Mindy Kaling vs. Malala Yousafzai

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After a drunk, old man mistakened Mindy Kaling for Malala Yousafzai, Kaling responded, “Did he really think I’m Malala? And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?” But we can’t blame the man! After all, Audrey Cover Girl Mindy Kaling is a 34-year-old actress/showrunner and Malala is a Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of 17.

 


 

6. Lee Byung Hyun vs Dr. Ken Jeong

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According to Lee Byung Hyun, this mistake is something that actually happens so let’s help clear it up for people! Lee Byung Hun is an action star who will be the newest Terminator, while Dr. Ken Jeong is a comedian who bares all in The Hangover series. It’s okay, we can see how people mistake them by the their body types. So similar!!!

 


 

7. Priyanka Chopra vs.  A White Girl in Brownface

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Aren’t white girls great at playing Indians? Judging by the people who put white girl Amy Jackson in brownface for Ek Deewana Tha, Bollywood sure seems to think so. The actual Indian is Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood superstar and Audrey Cover Girl. That being said, we totally see how you can’t tell these two apart… I mean it’s uncanny!

 


 

8. Psy vs. G-Dragon

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Kpop, kpop, kpop! All Kpop stars look the same right? That’s why it’s so hard to tell the “Gangnam Style” singer and BIG BANG member apart. I mean, aside from a few very devoted fans, who can tell the difference?

 


 

9. Makoto Kusanagi vs. Scarlett Johansson

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Ooops, my bad! I forgot Scarlett Johansson was white. Didn’t she just blend in so well with the Japanese people in Lost in Translation? No worries, she’s going to be a great Makoto Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell movie.

 


 

10. Harold vs. Kumar

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This one hardly needs explanation. John Cho and Kal Penn just look so alike. I mean, even I can’t tell them apart. But here’s a tip– Harold (played by John Cho) is Korean while Kumar (played by Kal Penn) is Indian.

 


 

All jokes aside, we hope you see how ridiculous it is to believe that all Asians look alike. After all, if people can take the time to learn the difference between Marvel’s Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, surely they can learn the difference between Asians, right?

 

Answers: 1. Steven Yeun (A), Daniel Dae Kim (a); 2. Rinko Kikuchi (A), Doona Bae (a); 3. Dev Patel (a), Suraj Sharma (A); 4. Randall Park (A), Kim Jong Un (a); 5. Mindy Kaling (A), Malala; 6. Lee Byung Hun (a), Ken Jeong (A); 7. Priyanka Chopra (a), Brownface (A); 8. Psy (A), G-Dragon (a); 9. Makoto Kusunagi (a), Scarlett Johansson (A); 10. Harold (a), Kumar (A)

 

Technology Meets Romance: Zhang Ziyi’s Boyfriend Proposes With Ring-Bearing Drone

A drone is an aerial vehicle which can fly around without a human pilot aboard. Instead, this aircraft is guided remotely. Now I don’t know about you, but nothing about remote airplanes scream “romantic” to me. Well, it seems Zhang Ziyi’s boyfriend Wang Feng intends to change that.

Zhang Ziyi, the Chinese actress most known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), just celebrated her 36th birthday. Her boyfriend Wang Feng, a Chinese rock musician, decided that she needed much more than a rainbow cake to celebrate her birthday.

Pictures have made it onto the internet showing a small, white drone flying towards the couple. Wang Feng apparently reached into the basket hanging from the drone and pulled out a diamond ring before getting down on one knee and asking for Zhang Ziyi’s hand in marriage.

According to Chinese media, Wang made a promise to take care of Zhang even in old age. The two then embraced and kissed as fireworks lit the sky.

On Sunday, Zhang shared a picture of heart-shaped fireworks on her Sina Weibo microblog account along with the caption, “I do!”

Wang followed this up by posting a few words on his own microblog. “Thanks for giving me a perfect life — all hardships are already in the past,” he posted on Sunday. “From here on out, we’ll grow old hand-in-hand.”

Needless to say, fans are delighted with the extravagant proposal. Even after seeing our fair share of unique marriage proposals, a drone proposal is still a rare sight. So tell us. Is a ring-bearing drone cute or way too over the top?

 

 

 

Feature image courtesy of New Europe Online 

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