Vanessa Leu’s Compassionate Collection Shines Bright at the “Other Paris Fashion Week”

Story by Ruby Veridiano.

In the midst of the flurry of back-to-back shows at Paris Fashion Week, a hidden gem was glistening right in the center of the city. Inside the Carousel du Louvre, the “other fashion week” was transpiring. Tranoi, a trade show in Paris boasting over 450 brands, invited buyers from all over the world to have a look at some of the brightest designers on the rise.

Among those rising stars was Vanessa Leu, a California-based Taiwanese jewelry designer whose talent has catapulted her work in the spotlight. As one of the top brands featured at Tranoi, Leu was granted the center stage in the Louvre, being placed at the very front of the exhibit’s foyer.

Rightfully so, as Leu’s stunning creations are unique, edgy, and artistic while remaining subtly chic. The “Future Ring” reflects the elegance and edge of a modern woman, using black diamonds and druzy, and set on a two-finger ring piece. The “Wish Cuff”, featuring a quartz with healing powers, is set on a bracelet of thick metal, contrasting the strength and softness of a woman’s spirit.

I believe that the reason why Leu’s jewels shine so bright is beyond the aesthetic and craftsmanship of her design. The gems she carefully chooses are made to act as beautiful talismans to “protect and inspire beauty in the wearer”, channeling the gems’ healing and transformative energies. While other jewelry makers may tend to sacrifice the ethics behind the creation of their products, Leu, a spiritual seeker, is committed to building a compassionate collection that uses conflict-free diamonds and recycled precious metals all made under fair labor practices and the highest ethical standards.

Leu’s jewels have appeared everywhere from Katy Perry’s earlobes on the cover of GQ magazine to Brooke Burke’s neckline on the American hit show “Dancing with the Stars”. Not to mention, her jewelry has lent some extra shine to countless starlets on the red carpet.

Leu’s philosophy, combined with the beauty of her work, leaves no surprise as to why she has won countless awards and is recognized by Women’s Wear Daily as “One to Watch”.

Vanessa Leu was once a writer and journalist in her native Taiwan. In her younger days, she provided aid to Taiwanese aborigines. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

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Audrey Insider | Versace Collection’s Fall/Winter 2012

Beverly Center’s brand new store: Versace Collection | Photo by Jennifer Oh

The Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles is home to many high-end and affordable clothing stores and boutiques. Stores such as, Tiffany’s, Burberry, Forever 21, and Macy’s have had Los Angelenos and tourists flock to Southern California’s very first fashion location. Now, shoppers could purchase from its brand new store, Versace Collection. The high-end brand house extended its line so that men and women could have a chance to wear Versace without breaking the bank.

On Saturday, October 20th, Audrey Magazine attended a private viewing of its Fall/Winter 2012 Collection. Hosted by Phoenix International Magazine, event goers, who were dressed in their best clothes, sipped on champagne and hors d’oeuvres as they enjoyed the mini fashion show. After the models strutted the clothing around the store, attendees spent some time shopping. 10% of each purchase that evening was donated to The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

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New York Fashion Week: Blanc de Chine’s Fall/Winter 2013 “Dunhuang”

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.

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New York Fashion Week: Vivienne Tam’s Fall/Winter 2013

Vivienne Tam kicked off her Fall/Winter 2013 show on Sunday, February 10 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a homage to President Barack Obama. Inspired by Pop Art and the punk movement, Tam sent down her first model on the runway in black wool pleated skirt and a black leather long-sleeved jacket with an image of Obama looking cool in shades – an outfit that perfectly combined Tam’s inspirations.

The punk movement was well-represented throughout the show – from the models’ sleek up-dos and bold dark lip color to the inclusion of plaid patterns on jackets and dresses that recall the British punk movement that brought the subculture to the forefront in the 70s. Tam made sure her heritage was also a highlight on the show as several pieces were emblazoned with Mao Zedong’s writings but of course, in graffiti prints – keeping up with the punk and pop art inspirations. Leave it to Tam to bring together Eastern and Western influences served in an edgy, cool collection.

To check out more of images from Vivienne Tam‘s collections, visit mbfashionweek.com.