Fashion Blogger Ivy Xu Shows You How To Style the Origami Skirt

 

A couple weeks back, we brought you the new fashion trend of the summer — origami skirts. They are the perfect choice of clothing for days when you’re sick of wearing shorts and want to look a little bit more dressed up.

But like any other fashion trend, sometimes we hit a bump when we find cute pieces, but don’t necessarily know what exactly to wear with them. Luckily for us, we found Vancouver-based Ivy Xu that has mastered the art of wearing the origami skirt, and it turns out there are plenty of ways to style it. You can also follow her at her blog here.

 

Here are some of our favorites:

1. Pair it with a boxy top in a geometric print and, of course, some heels to make the look more polished.

 

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2. Pair it with a casual tee for days when you’re running errands.

 

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3. A fedora, an embroidered vest and a slouchy white tee lends a music festival feel.

 

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4. Going to a party? Dress it up with a fancy necklace and a cropped sweater.

 

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5.  Nothing says badass like a snapback with big bold metallic letters, along with a chic black leather jacket and chunky heels to pull it all together.

 

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4 Ways To Rock the Crop Top This Summer, Courtesy of Camille Co

 

Yes, I know. The comeback crop top fad this summer is no new news. Day after day, I’ve seen the tops continuously hit the racks at all my favorite clothing stores. If you’re anything like me though — someone who leans toward the “fluffy” side of the Asian figure spectrum — it can be a little daunting to try the midriff-flaunting look.

As it turns out, Filipino fashion blogger and Spanish fashion brand’s Mango’s newest “It” Girl Camille Co, is the ultimate answer to my question on how to pull off the crop top look, without concurrently destroying my self-esteem. On her lookbook page, as well as her own fashion blog titled Camille Tries to Blog, Camille shows us a variety of different ways we can rock the look in a more chic way.

Here are some of her outfits we love:

1. Pair a basic crop top with high-waisted shorts with a fun print, and throw a leather jacket in a bold color on top, for an edgier look.

 

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2. Pair the crop top with a mini skirt, and a loose blazer for a night out.

 

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3. If you’re going somewhere fancy, wear a strapless crop top with a high-waisted skirt and of course the essential pumps.

 

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4. A crop T-shirt works well with a high-waisted pencil skirt; pair it with slip-on sneakers for a casual look.

 

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You can also follow Camille on Weibo here.

Get To Know “Gary Pepper Girl” Nicole Warne, the First Blogger To Sign With IMG Talent

 

Model? Stylist? Entrepreneur? Check, check and check. Sydney, Australia-based Nicole Warne of the fashion blog Gary Pepper Girl is a fashion triple threat. And while all bloggers dream of being discovered in one way or another, Warne is well on her way to achieving that dream.

Not only does Warne have a natural eye for clothes, she was also the first blogger to walk the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012. Still not impressed? Warne is also the first blogger ever to sign with IMG’s Talent division, one of the, if not the, largest talent management agency in the world. Yes, she is signed to the same management agency as Miranda Kerr!

Warne is a Korean-Japanese adoptee who was adopted by Australian parents at the age of 3 months and started as an intern at both Grazia and Harpers Bazaar Australia, before moving on to work with brands like Louis Vuitton and Zara (to name a few). She was even the face of the spring/summer 2013 campaign for shopping mall chain Westfield Australia.

 

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Check out her blog where Warne not only sells an array of colorful vintage-inspired pieces, she also posts the most amazing photos of her crazy-chic outfits in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld Courts Asian Celebs at Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-15 Show

 

Want more proof that Asia’s influence is rising in the fashion world? Check out the front row at Chanel Haute Couture show on July 8.

 

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Front Row (L-R) Mario Testino, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, Baz Luhrmann, his wife Catherine Martin, CL, a guest, Jung Ryeo-won and Kwai Lun-Mei.

 

Yup, that’s K-pop star CL just a few seats away from the fashion queen, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour. Also in the front row is Korean Australian actress Jung Ryeo-won, Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei and Vogue China editor in chief, Angelica Cheung.

 

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Korean Australian actress Jung Ryeo-won, Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei and Vogue China editor in chief, Angelica Cheung.

 

Chanel has always made an effort to reach out to its Asian clientele. Past show guests have included Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, Chinese Brit Alexis Chung and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand. This time, CL even got a photo op with the designer himself.  

 

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CL with designer Karl Lagerfeld.

 

How To Style a Structured Handbag, Courtesy of Ready Two Wear Blogger Mallory

 

Think a structured handbag is too stuffy for summer? Think again. Check out fashion blogger Mallory’s vintage Louis Vuitton bag.

One of two bloggers on the fashion blog Ready Two Wear, Mallory is one lucky girl who received this vintage piece from her boyfriend’s mom. Mallory pairs the purse with both casual and dressy pieces, making the bag an easy transition from day to night.

 

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Don’t be afraid of its structured design — wear it casually as a crossbody (don’t worry that the strap is short — that’s the point!), or tuck away the strap and wear it as a boxy clutch. It’s the perfect work bag, but also adds some chic to a casual look, too.

Aren’t lucky enough to have a generous mother of a boyfriend? Though this Louis Vuitton is no longer sold in stores, opt for a similar look with these structured handbags from Forever21.

 

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1. Modernist Boxy Crossbody: $24.80

2. Faux Leather Crossbody Satchel: $24.80

3. Subtle Thing Crossbody: $13

4. Classic Structured Crossbody: $19.80

5. Sophisticate Structured Crossbody: $16.80

Breaking The Asian Myth: Why Asians CAN Wear Yellow

We’re no stranger to Asian myths — they’ve been thrown at us our entire lives. They’re ridiculous over-generalizations about Asians that assume we’re all exactly alike. Some Asian myths are dangerous, like the idea that Asians don’t get fat or don’t get breast cancer — both of these hinder our community from taking necessary health precautions. Other Asian myths are much less harmful (unless you count the dangers of all the eye-rolling it causes us), like the belief that all Asians have the same kind of hair.

Well, we’re here to add another eye-roll myth to the list: Asians shouldn’t wear yellow.

I was shocked to discover just how many Asian women were told that they shouldn’t wear yellow because it clashes with Asian skin. I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, I certainly don’t think my skin shows signs of jaundice. It may have a yellow undertone, but all sorts of ethnicities have yellow undertones, so why are we forbidden from wearing yellow?

As it turns out, there’s no valid reason for the myth at all. One-time fashion dictators simply thought it made us look sallow and was not flattering on our skin tone. (It’s the same thinking behind why redheads should not wear red or pink.)

Yes, now is the time to sigh. But who can blame these color-blind fashionistas of the past. After all, this video from the ’80s highlights just how early we’re taught that Asian=Yellow.

The reality? No, Asians are not literally yellow. We simply have to blame a German professor from the 19th century who came up with the five color typology for humans that categorized Asians under the term “yellow.”

Luckily for us, this means that we can wear yellow without disappearing into our clothes. And as it turns out, we do a damn good job of it, too. Don’t believe me? Check out the following Asian celebs rocking yellow outfits. You’ll be sure to include this color in your wardrobe after you get a load of them.

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Olivia Munn at this year's Met Gala

Olivia Munn at this year’s Met Gala

 

Actress Jamie Chung

Actress Jamie Chung

 

Actress Mindy Kaling

Actress Mindy Kaling

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

 

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 2009

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2009

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Get That Look For Less: Model Kiko Mizuhara

We love Japanese model Kiko Mizuhara! Mizuhara was seen wearing a look from Chanel’s spring/summer 2014 collection during Paris Fashion Week F/W 2014. Not everyone can afford a Chanel outfit, (Mizuhara’s top and shorts equal a whopping $4,850!), but we can at least derive some inspiration from Mizuhara’s look. Check out our picks to achieve this look for less!

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Mizuhara in Chanel, left, and model Xiao Wen Ju in the look at Chanel’s spring 2014 runway show.

ON MIZUHARA:

1. Chanel Knitted Cotton Pullover, $2,250

2. Chanel Gauze Tweed Shorts, $2,600


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OUR LOOK FOR LESS:

1. Nasty Gal Balls Out Choker, $25

2. M.A.C Twig Lipstick, $16

3. Lafayette 148 New York Square Stone Age Bracelet, $98, Saks Fifth Avenue

4. Steve Madden “Mash” boots, $90

5. Aritzia Babaton Jarrod Sweater, $57.50

6. Topshop Crepe Fringe Shorts, $76

7. GUESS Cropped Lace Bralette, $17

 


The Theme for Next Year’s Met Gala? All About China

Fashion’s been going East for some time now. Giorgio Armani put on a grand extravaganza of a show in Beijing in 2012. Tory Burch made a push for the Asian consumer when it opened stores in Tokyo and Manila in 2009 and then its first store in Seoul in 2010, quickly becoming the must-have label for well-to-do housewives in Asia. And Diane von Furstenberg made sure she had a few Chinese celebrities prominently front and center in her latest fall/winter runway show. So it’s only further proof of fashion’s love affair with the Asian consumer that The Costume Institute has announced that next spring’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is going to be “all about China,” according to WWD.

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Liu Wen in Zac Posen.

As the top Manhattan social event and annual fashion exhibition, the Met Gala already has a strong Asian presence, with Asian American designers like Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang accompanying their finely dressed celebs; Asian American celebs Maggie Q and Olivia Munn; hot Chinese models-of-the-moment Liu Wen to Ming Xi, as well as the Thai American model wife of John Legend, Chrissy Teigen. In addition, Chinese designer Min Liu of fashion label Ms Min attended the gala, courtesy of Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford.

Clearly, we can expect that Asian presence to increase next year. Scroll down to see some of the looks from this year’s gala.

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Ming Xi in Michael Kors.

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Olivia Munn in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Fei Fei Sun in Tory Burch (shown here with Marina Rust and the designer).

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Maggie Q in Zac Posen.

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Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren Collection.

 

Liu Wen impact photo by Phil Oh. 

 

Top 5 Ways to Dress Like Mindy Kaling

 

Actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling has seriously upped her fashion game since she appeared on Audrey‘s cover a few years ago. Credit her stylist on one of our fave shows, The Mindy Project, but Kaling’s been taking more risks with some seriously inspirational results. Best of all, she’s showing all of us that we can rock the trends with the best of ‘em, curves and all.


1. Crop Tops

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Seriously, who says you have to be model thin (or 20?) to rock the crop top-high waisted skirt trend? Kaling is spot-on and gorgeous in this emerald outfit by Topshop. It’s all about that sliver of skin and below-the-knee length that makes this trend do-able for all ages and sizes.


2. Riotous Prints

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Thanks to the last five years of surreal, eye-popping prints courtesy of designers Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, loud clashing prints are now everywhere. Thanks to Kaling (and her to-die-for dress by Clover Canyon), loud clashing prints are clearly for everyone.


3. In Your Face Color

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If you haven’t learned anything from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s whirlwind awards season wardrobe, learn this now: super saturated color looks gorgeous head-to-toe. Bonus points if you’re lucky enough to have Kaling’s skintone, in which case, every super saturated color looks amazing on you — no accessories necessary.


4. Bell Skirts

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No one can go wrong with a bell-shaped skirt with a cinched in waist and colorful heels, regardless of size. It’s perhaps the greatest camouflager ever. For a more of-the-moment update, try one in a just-below-the-knee length paired with your loudest heels.


5. A Body-Skimming Shift (Plus Punk Rock Shoes)

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Some commentators have dissed Kaling’s spiky red booties, but we adore the look. Punk rock booties are the perfect foil to a girly black shift dress. An outfit always looks better (and more fashion-y) with one slightly-off twist or element of edge. Bravo, Mindy!

Jenn Im’s Summer Casual Looks

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Is the summer heat making your outfit choices on the casual side? Not to worry, Jenn Im of ClothesEncounters has just the write mix of casual and chic outfits for this summer!

Our number one fashion blogger on our list of “25 Asian Youtubers You Should Check Out,” Jenn Im provides her viewers with cute outfits for any occasion.

Watch her styling video from her YouTube channel below!