Spring is finally here! For some, that means warmer weather, lighter clothes and prepping for a festival-filled season. For others, spring is a time to update their beauty routine and try out the latest beauty must-haves. Well ladies, now is the perfect time to bust out your favorite pink lip colors. The brighter, the better!
There are many more shades of pink than the well-known bubblegum pink that we are so familiar with (you can thank Barbie for that). But not to worry! If a daring electric pink seems a bit too risque and you’re more comfortable with a subtle pink hue, we’ve got you covered, too.
When most people think of Fashion Week, the major four cities that host the global event– such as Paris and Milan– first come to mind, but we have taken a serious interest in the fashion stylings of Canada and the man behind Vancouver Fashion Week. While the VFW team currently prepares for its upcoming 26th season, the seven-day occasion is gaining more attention as founder Jamal Abdourahman brings a bevy of talented, emerging designers to an international platform.
Though based in British Columbia, Abdourahman has navigated the fashion worlds of both Europe and Asia before taking on the challenges of developing and producing the massively growing event. Keep reading to find out what sets Vancouver Fashion Week apart from the rest, as well as Abdourahman’s favorite Asian designers showcased throughout the past seasons and a quick peek backstage.
Image Courtesy Of Vancouver Fashion Week
Audrey Magazine: When did your interest in producing fashion events first begin? Jamal Abdourahman: In 1994 I was a club promoter and put on a small fashion show in Vancouver and from there, one thing lead to another and I found myself putting on bigger and bigger shows. By 2001, I saw that Vancouver had a gap in the market in terms of fashion platforms. We are a stylish city, but often overlooked and I wanted to change this. We have a really rich creative city and huge amounts of local emerging designers, make up artists and hair stylists. At this time, there was no platform to help these young creatives emerge onto their perspective markets and this is what inspired me to create Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW). I wanted to help young talent reach a global audience. By promoting local and international designers, I wanted to put Vancouver on the fashion map.
AM: What were some of the early challenges of getting Vancouver Fashion Week off the ground as well as challenges with maintaining the shows each year? JA: A lot of the early challenges that we faced still exist today. Gaining local support, whilst also securing sponsors can prove challenging season to season. VFW is often misrepresented; everything that we make goes back into supporting our designers next season. We are now approaching our 26th season, and our reputation is growing every year.
AM: What sets VFW apart from the Mercedes-Benz sponsored events? JA: The Mercedes-Benz fashion weeks focus much more on established designer houses like Chanel and Valentino, whereas VFW focuses on emerging designers. We support emerging designers, giving them the opportunity to show on a global platform and we aim to bridge the gap between designers and buyers. By supporting emerging designers our fashion week looks towards the next top designers, supporting local, national and international talent.
AM: When choosing designers to showcase, what characteristics do you look for in their collections? JA: We look for creativity and design, refreshing talent, and passion. A lot of the collections we view are graduate collections and generally from here you can see if the designer has genuine innovation, passion and skill.
AM: Are there any favorite Asian designers that stood out to you over the years that VFW has been running? JA: ILOVECHOC, YKS, JUKOJulie and Hong Kiyoung have stood out over the years, as they keep returning to VFW with more exciting collections season to season.
Hong Kiyoung, ILOVECHOC, YKS Images Courtesy Of Vancouver Fashion Week
AM: There’s been mixed feelings about the blogger presence at various Fashion Weeks, how do you feel about the continuing popularity of bloggers and street style at these events? JA: Bloggers and Street Style are some of the biggest supporters of VFW, they are the voice of the city. They are the people who will wear and support emerging designers, so they cannot be ignored. We are proud to have so many bloggers support VFW and the designers we showcase.
AM: What future progression do you hope for with VFW and its designers? JA: We hope to grow VFW to become one of the main recognized international fashion weeks. We want to increase the number of emerging designers we showcase, and the number of buyers and agents we invite to meet our designers, along with increasing global media presence.
Backstage at VFW Fall 2015:
Image Courtesy Of Vancouver Fashion Week
Image Courtesy Of Vancouver Fashion Week
Image Courtesy Of Vancouver Fashion Week
For more about Vancouver Fashion Week and images from Fall 2015 click here.
It’s starting to heat up here in sunny Los Angeles, and you know what that means! We’re ditching our thick jackets for some high-waisted shorts and tank tops. And with all that skin showing, we’re definitely opting for smooth, hairless skin.
But if you’re anything like me, you get weary using razors, especially for the underarm area. Dealing with razor bumps, irritation and the dreaded discoloration that comes with shaving was just too much for me. It was so embarrassing to even raise up my arms, because it was a disaster. Many of my Southeast Asian sisters out there can understand the struggle. The wonderful melanin in our skin, which makes for a great tan, backfires when it comes to scarring and it takes forever for our scars to fade.
I finally threw out the razor for good and switched to an all-natural deodorant. That’s when I started to see my skin healing. Here’s some tips from AprilAthena7 and JLovesMac1 to help keep the body hair at bay and lighten up those razor scars:
1) Epilate, DON’T Shave
Remember that good ol’ razor? Turns out it’s not so good after all. Because a razor only removes the surface level of hair, the skin can easily grow over the remaining hair follicle causing ingrown hairs or “razor bumps.” Having to extract an ingrown hair isn’t the most pleasant feeling and it will scar. It’s better to remove the hair from the root to prevent these bumps. If you’re not a fan of waxing, but want the same efficiency, use an epilator. Don’t fret about its alien-nesque design, these contraptions are basically tweezers on a rotating wheel.
Scrub away those dead skin cells! Exfoliating will not only prevent ingrown hairs, it will stop the build up of dead skin cells plus any deodorant residue that will clog up those pores. Nobody wants to spend their time removing black heads from their armpits.
3) Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant
One important thing to keep in mind is that the aluminum compounds found in antiperspirant can cause irritation, and as a result you’ll see skin discoloration and darkening. Invest in an aluminum-free deodorant that will deodorize and allow you to perspire. You need to sweat out the toxins! If you’re still hesitant, then try alternating days from antiperspirant to deodorant.
4) Natural Remedies
Try these all-natural remedies once a week to help lighten up those underarm scars.
[Bonus] Tone Your Chest and Armpits
Be tank top ready with these moves from blogilates!
Fashion. Travel. Food. On his website My Belonging, Tommy Lei covers all that and more. As one of the few male Asian American fashion bloggers out there, Lei has expanded from covering high fashion menswear to covering an entire spectrum which he dubs “styletelling.”
Despite his busy schedule, he took the time out for a Q&A with us before the Audrey Fashion Show 2015. Read it below:
Audrey Magazine: On MYBELONGING, you are the Principle Styleteller. Can you explain more about what a styleteller is in detail?
Tommy Lei: Styleteller is a form of expression I coined a year into starting MYBELONGING. It is essentially the act of storytelling through one’s own personal style. I firmly believe that the way we dress and choose to carry ourselves, in our day-to-day lives, symbolically and instantly projects our individuality.
AM: How did MYBELONGING start? How would you describe MYBELONGING today, in five words or less?
TL: MYBELONGING started more of a weekly documentation of my material investments — hence the origins of the name. I really wanted to give more depth and meaning to the “forever” wardrobe I was gradually curating. Since its inception, the site became more of a high fashion, personal style and lifestyle digital publication with an emphasis on intimate events and travel experiences.
In five words, MYBELONGING is: high fashion, curated, accessible and personal.
AM: You were born and raised in Hong Kong, but now you live in Los Angeles. How would you describe each city’s fashion style and how has each city affected your personal style?
TL: The style in Hong Kong definitely reflects the fast-paced, industrious and cosmopolitan spirit of the city, whereas in Los Angeles, there is a distinct laid-back vibe.
As a result, my style is a unique blend of the two — minimalism with an utilitarian edge.
AM: Can you talk more about the unisex aesthetic in detail and why it appeals so much to your sensibilities?
TL: The unisex aesthetic can be defined as non-gender conforming clothing (Buzzfeed recently highlighted men in skirts — I’ve been wearing skirts, either as a standalone layer or over a pair of joggers, for a while now) but I want to emphasize that it should be done on your own terms.
In recent years, the movement of non-gendered clothing has become more visible and prominent. This movement has manifested itself on MYBELONGING over time, especially due to the open dialogue I have with my readers about shopping across different sections of a boutique or department store. You have to admit — women’s jeans are sometimes a better and more flattering fit for slimmer guys. It all comes down to proportions. Selfridges recently set an unprecedented practice in high-end retail by introducing an entire floor dedicated to genderless, unisex clothing called Agender.
The latest hottie in our insightfully mediocre poetry series is Randall Park, an actor who’s been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades. You might recognize him as Lt. Danny Chung in Veep, “Asian Jim” in The Office, father Martin Fukanaga in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas or Chris Park, a “Dog Daycare Owner” in the Chase Ink business card commercials. At the end of last year, even if you didn’t see him in the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview, you saw him 24/7 playing Kim Jong-un on every single news channel talking about The Interview.
Since February, he can be seen as the warm, optimistic father Louis Huang in the ABC Taiwanese American family sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, based on writer/restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name. The series takes place in the 1990s, the fashion-forward decade of Hawaiian shirts, mom perms and athletic breakaway pants.
In real life, Park is a father to 2-year-old Ruby, who was the star of Park’s winsome 2013 web series, Baby Mentalist, where she outsmarted shady tattooed criminals and even gunned them down if necessary.
So how does the busy Hollywood dad stay so hot while keeping another smaller human being alive? Let’s break out the haikus.
Dear Hot On-screen Dad
How to maintain quadriceps
For ’90s short shorts? Randall: I pick up my kid Then I put the kid back down Then I eat some cake.
Your fresh, dewy skin
Soft as a baby’s bottom
What is your secret? Randall: Besides eating cake A lack of sleep works wonders Also, use lotion.
Star of groundbreaking
TV show … or father of
crime-fighting baby? Randall: It’s all great to me But nothing beats being her Daddy in real life.
Photos courtesy of Craig Stubing, unwrittenfilms.com This story was originally published in our Spring 2015 issue. Get your copy here.
Coachella is less than a week away! Have you planned out your looks for each day? Fashion is certainly a key part of this three-day music festival with inspiration pulled anywhere from nature to the music (I’m looking at you, bohemian and hippie-esque lovers!). Ever since colorful hair made its mark in the beauty and fashion world, you can definitely expect brightly-colored locks and creative hairstyles as a key accessory at Coachella this year.
PRAVANA, a professional hair care brand and leader in hair color, teamed up with celebrity stylist Danny Moon and hairstylist Kait Marie to create a beautiful, festive hair color inspired by mood rings. Below, fashion blogger Francis Lola models three festival-appropriate styles. With the simple use of twists, braids and hair accessories, these ‘dos are practical and can be easily worn and transitioned from day one to day three.
Francis Lola’s hair before and after PRAVANA.
Would you wear these mood ring-inspired styles? What inspires your festival style?
HERITAGE: Japanese, Hawaiian, a bunch of Caucasian AGE: 25 BORN & RAISED: Born in California, raised all over the world (military brat) CLAIM TO FAME: Actress and filmmaker Anna Akana creates vlogs and short films on her popular YouTube channel, where she has over 1 million subscribers and 90 million views. While she discusses everything from mental illness and sexual harassment to hypnotherapy and her four cats, in her most popular video, “How To Put on Your Face,” (see below) she flips expectations by doing a makeup tutorial while giving tips on inner beauty. Akana will next direct and act in a female-driven comedy feature film that combines wedding photographers, love and sabotage.
My go-to karaoke song: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Last time I cried: In acting class, doing a dramatic scene. What always makes me laugh: Kitten videos. My go-to comfort food: Chicken tikka masala. Last thing I ate: Chicken tikka masala. Currently on “repeat”: “Nobody to Love” by Alex Newell. A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Getting my nails done. Current favorite place: Magic Castle! Favorite drink: Strawberry mule. Current obsessions: My new passion planner, buying sweaters for my cat, Congress. Pet peeve: People who don’t say thank you. Habit I need to break: Obsessing over all details and failing to focus. Talent I’d like to have: Be more outgoing. Word or phrase I most overuse: “You know?” My most treasured possession: My passion planner and “Think.” notebook. Greatest fear: That I’ll lose sight of what’s important. Favorite childhood pastime: Playing with my siblings. Motto: It changes often, but as of now it’s “forget yourself.” What’s cool about being Asian: Everyone assumes I’m much smarter than I am. My job in another life: Probably be in the military.
Who isn’t excited about Disney’s plan to make a live-action Mulan film? While discussing my excitement with a friend, she addressed a major point I was overlooking. Yes, the tale of Mulan is legendary for numerous reasons, but Mulan is popular in China not because she was a woman who fought. You see, there were plenty of fighting females in China and plenty of famous Chinese female warriors. Instead, the reason why Mulan is famous is because she was willing to go in place of her father, risking her life and reputation.
Having been unaware that there were other historical “fighting females” in China, I happily did some digging and found that there were many, many badass historical Chinese women besides Mulan. Here are five of them below:
1. Lady Fu Hao
Image courtesy of Cultural China
Born during the ancient Shang Dynasty (1300-1046 BC), most of what we know about Lady Fu Hao are records written on ancient oracle bones that were found at her tomb. The wife of Emperor Wu Ding, she was known to both participate in religious ceremonies and fight as a general in many battles. When she died, Lady Fu Hao had the distinction to be buried in a tomb separate from her husband, a sign of how well-regarded she was.
2. Ching Shih
Image courtesy of Anne Bonny Pirate
Not all warriors have to be good, right? While female pirates weren’t unheard of in China, Ching Shih was the most fearsome and legendary of all. She started off as a prostitute in Canton where she met her husband-to-be Zheng Yi. She took over his command after he died. During her pirating career peak, Ching Shih commanded 1800 ships and 70,000-80,000 pirates under a strict zero-tolerance-or-your-head-will-get-chopped-off policy. In the end, her crew grew to be so formidable that the Emperor offered her amnesty, after failing to defeat her fleet for two years with the aid of the British, Dutch and Portuguese. Ching Shih accepted the amnesty and lived until 69 in peace, managing her own gambling house/brothel. Some people do get their happy endings.
3. Tang Sai Er
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Like Ching Shih, Tang Sai Er was considered an outlaw by the Chinese government at the time, but for a different reason. During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Tang Sai Er led a peasant uprising against the Ming government after she saw that the peasants were essentially forced into slavery to help build the new Ming palace. She formed a cult called the White Lotus Sect and deemed herself the Holy Mother prophetess. At the height of the rebellion, Tang Sai Er was able to recruit 10,000 troops and the emperor sent out a warrant for her capture at any price. Tang Sai Er was able to escape and the White Lotus Sect went underground.
4. Qin Liangyu
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So who would have been Tang Sai Er’s enemy? Qin Liangyu, one of the most respected military generals in history. Trained from an early age in martial arts and excelling in archery, Qin Liangyu took over her husband’s rank and and led her troop, The White Staff Soldiers, into battles against peasant rebellions during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). Qin Liangyu was awarded the title of “Lady”, the position of “Overall Administrator of Military Affairs” and the rank of “Commander-in-Chief” for the Sichuan Province. Qin Liangyu remained loyal to the Mings to the end of her life, dying at the age of 73 after falling off a horse in battle.
5. Liang Hongyu
Born to a family of generals in the Song Dynasty (970-1279 AD), Liang Hongyu was trained in both martial arts and the fine arts such as singing, dancing and drumming. The latter proved to be useful when her father and grandfather were put to death, forcing Liang Hongyu to work as a singer and consort. It was through this line of work that Liang Hongyu met her husband-to-be Officer Han Shizong. They fell in love, had children together and then fought together in war. Liang Hongyu is known for being a great example of a devoted wife, mother and warrior.
Admit it. We’ve all experienced our fair share of beauty and fashion trends that may have seemed attractive at the time, but looking back, you wonder what you were possibly thinking. For me, it was those odd leather belts with long fringes, colorful plaid shorts and teased hair that would probably make Snooki proud.
Japan is no stranger to quirky and bold fashion and beauty trends. For instance, their latest Harajuku make up trend has girls looking like adorable dolls … who seem to be running a high fever.
This latest beauty trend is called “Me no shita chiiku” or “under eye blush.” The flushed feature creates a sickly appearance, which also consists of pale skin, puffy under eyes and a signature large doll or puppy dog eyes. However, the goal isn’t to look sick, but youthful, like the natural flush that appears after playing outside in the sun.
“Flushed cheeks are usually associated with young people.” RinRin Doll tells Yahoo Beauty. “The higher blush placement favored by Harajuku girls makes cheeks appear round and youthful.”
Japan is not the only country where youthfulness is ideal. In Korea, celebrities favor the illusion of under eye bags called “Aegyo Sal,” which gives the illusion that your eyes are constantly joyful and smiling.
These trends differ greatly from the current beauty trend in the United States where contouring and highlighting for slim, chiseled and smoldering features are in. What do you think about the youthful beauty trend? Do you prefer this over the contouring trend, which gives a more mature appearance?
It felt like a dream come true when I first heard that a Filipina character was joining the other Tekken martial artists. However, after looking her over, I couldn’t help but cock my head to the side in confusion.
Josie Rizal, whose name is an ode to the Philippine National Hero José Rizal, is a fighter specialized in Eskrima and Kick Boxing. My confusion first began with Josie’s name and, more importantly, who she was named after.
José Rizal is considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines and for anyone who is scratching the surface of Philippine history, he seems like a very good candidate to name the first Filipino Tekken character after. However, it is important to remember that Rizal was not known for violence but rather as a man who used his words to support a peaceful reformation of his motherland. Using his name as inspiration for a combat character makes Josie a walking paradox and has caused quite some controversy. Maybe naming her after the more militant Andrés Bonafacio, the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” would be more fitting.
Josie Rizal (ジョシー・リサール) from Philippines Fighting Style: Eskrima & Kick Boxing Demo play video. https://t.co/Yxh7cWPyWk
Next is her fighting style. For folks unfamiliar with the Philippine martial art, Eskrima is a fighting style that incorporates both hand-to-hand and weapon-based combat. Historically, Eskrima was practiced in secret amongst the commoner/peasant class, especially during Spanish colonization. It’s most popular form includes the arnis sticks–or “armor sticks”–made from bamboo. Some have commented that they would have liked to see Josie with this this key element.
The most debated aspect of Josie Rizal seems to be her costume design. Some point out that her clothing is no different from the dress of her other female counterparts, but others argue that her costume strays too far from traditional Filipino garb. For instance, her crop top seems to emulate the Japanese kimona with it’s bell sleeves and embroidery.
Aside from that, the costume tries very hard to showcase various aspects of Filipino culture– a lavish gold statement necklace that’s shaped into the iconic sun of the Filipino flag, sampaguita flowers that hang from the side of her hips, and even the colors of her costume (red, blue, white and yellow) which match the colors of the national flag. The critique? To some, her expensive accessories and even the material of her costume clash with the commoner/peasant fighting style.
My verdict? Despite these critiques, there’s a clear attempt to make it known that Josie is Filipino and it’s a clear Tekken adaptation. Instead of Tekken’s producer, Katsuhiro Harada, deleting Josie, I would much rather have her presence there and able to open a forum to discuss these topics in a way that the masses can understand.
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