Meet the Designer: Moon Young Hee

 

 

During Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015, Korean designer Moon Young Hee’s collection turned heads.

Moon Young Hee is known for manifesting Korean ideas in a modern form. This desing technique can be seen in her massive collection which shows an impressive amount of detail, mainly using monochromatic toned designs embedded with various patterns and textures. Her sophisticated design has sought to show the potential of materials being used and maximizes the elegant atmosphere.

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Even at an early age, it seemed Moon was destined for this career. Growing up, while other children played with toys, Moon was taken with needlework. Since then, she followed her dreams of becoming a designer and chose to study French literature in college since costume designing departments did not exist at her school back then.

Moon settled in Paris in 1996 to seek some challenge in a bigger world. What started as a curious adventure turned out to be much more difficult than what she had imagined, but that didn’t stop her from moving forward.

Showing hard work and dedication, she studied day and night at the library located nearby her atelier and studied early 20th century French fashion, which later inspired her to graft her own style using traditional Western designs.

Though Moon is recognized as a prominent designer today, she is known to live a very humble life. Not only does she prepare her lunch box on her own, but she also chooses to wear shoes that have been worn for more than ten years.

It is clear that Moon designs out of love and a passion for the art as opposed to commercial success. For the fashion shows, she dedicates her heart, soul and mind to work together to bring out the best in her collection. Her work demonstrates a pursuit of perfection and keeps an eye on every little detail. Needless to say, this pays off during the catwalk.

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
Photos courtesy of www.queenafashionstyle.com

 

Style Tips For Petite Women With Tracy Qiu

 

For those of us that aren’t statuesque, Tracy Qiu of T-curate.com shares with us her stylish and versatile height lengthening tips. You wouldn’t be able to tell from her street style portraits, but Qiu stands at 5’3’’ and with blog tagline of Dress To Look Taller, she has mastered navigating any trend whether or not they are easily wearable by petite women. “If I like a trend that’s not quite suitable for a petite girl, I will look for trendy items with specific cuts and shapes that will work on a petite girl like me,” Qiu explained as she expressed her attention to the details and clothing proportions. Qiu said, “I want to write from a problem solving angle. As much as I love fashion, I think it’s subject to change all the time, but style stays. To me, knowing your body type well, and knowing how to dress to your advantage helps to build individual, unique styles and confidence. So, my goal is to share tips to petite girls and hopefully they can apply these tricks and become more confident.” With a strong blog that goes beyond timeless looks, it’s refreshing to see someone who promotes ways to dress for women and girls in a world where fashion is dictated by a standard height of 5’9’’. Keep reading for Qiu’s worthy tips on outfits, shoes and what garments she feels petite women should consider avoiding.

 


1) What are your favorite three go-to looks to accentuate long lines/height?

Qiu: My favorite 3 go-to looks are: High-waist, wide leg pants with a cropped top or tucked in shirt and platform high heels for a long line look.

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A Maxi dress. The shape of a maxi dress makes it simple, and the natural long line of the dress extends heights for sure.

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A Midi Skirt or Midi dress gives a very feminine and sophisticated length, and it creates the illusion of having longer legs.

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2) Favorite shoe styles to accentuate long lines/height?

Qiu: We ladies are lucky that there are high heels. I recommend nude color pumps that match your skin tone for natural extension, and cool platform wedge heels for dramatic height extension. I use this trick a lot especially when pairing with high waisted, wide leg pants. I also prefer pointy heels because I found it adds more height than a round toe.

 

 


3) What would you consider a styling faux pas for petite women?
Qiu: Styling faux pas for petite women in my opinion is overly baggy or loose fitting outfits. Every petite woman has a different body shape, so understand your body type and pick pieces that work to your advantage.

 


 

Below are a few more lovely looks from Qiu, and be sure to take a peek at her blog for more outfit inspiration along with informative posts and “how to wear” suggestions for trends that aren’t necessarily easy for petite body types.

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– STORY BY MIN A LEE. 
All photos courtesy of T-curate.com

 

 

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Haerfest Will Make You Fall In Love With Backpacks All Over Again

 

Backpacks have a long history stemming from both casual to military use, but as with most accessories, there is always some sort of fashion-focused, mainstream revival. Backpacks generally have most of us reminisce about our early school days or university years of carrying heavy loads of textbooks and papers, but fashion week produced newly inspired designs that work more for style statements rather than practicality. Ultimately, I prefer to find something advantageous to both function and aesthetic, so I revisited the brand Haerfest founded by New Yorkers, Daniel and Tim Joo.

A few years back, I was sitting in a friend’s apartment being introduced to his cousins who, at the time, were in the beginning phases of developing a line of accessories. They graciously shared a little of what they were doing while running back and forth between laptops, working on sketches and what was likely early product development. At the time I wasn’t writing for fashion, but instead science and research so I didn’t think anything about it other than it was amazing to see entrepreneurial spirits at their best. My favorite part of fashion is the beginning, which always starts as a simple idea coated with drive and hope, much like the fields of scientific research. Over the years these two men have produced a luxurious and sleek brand of backpacks, briefcases and small leather goods that outshine the overly sporty styles being carried around.

 

Their bags are perfect for any environment, and for those women who are enamored with menswear inspirations; carrying around any of their products would even grab the attention of those who prefer more classic, feminine accessories. Created in neutral tones, along with an artful balance of leather and textiles, the most appreciative design feature is their signature single strap construction with a ring and stud system. This provides stability and strength for any degree of handling a wearer may impose on the bag. The use of cowhide leather only adds to the durability, making any of their goods a worthy investment. For those of us who find functionality essential, interior pockets and sleeves offer extra storage and easy access for our personal belongings.

For me, it is wonderful to see the current growth and success of Haerfest since the time I first learned about the brand. My only hope is that their accomplishments and popularity continue to flourish in the fashion industry.

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The F20 Briefcase — Available at Haerfest.us in green, black, red and blue for $425.

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The G13 Shell Backpack — Available at Haerfest.us in blue and black for $375.

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The G24 Shopper — Available at Haerfest.us in blue and black for $275.

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The Capsule Backpack — Available at Haerfest.us in blue, black, red and green for $395.

 

–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All images courtesy of Haerfest.us

 

 

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Fashion Trend Alert: Front Slit Skirts

 

Split skirts have been around for years, but recently, we’ve seen them make some major appearances in both street wear and on the red carpet. Split skirt comes in different lengths and slits, but what makes the front slit split outstanding is that it has a classiness to it, even with the same amount of thigh-baring.

It seems that the front split skirt trend has caught the attention of some of our most favorite Asian bloggers and can be seen in Asian street wear. The trend has even been picked up by Asian flight attendants (see below) looking to spice up their bland uniforms.

Go ahead and take a few minutes to look at different styles of front slit skirts and see how you can make the look truly yours:

 


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1. Yes, we all thought this was a dress, but they are actually two separate pieces. A monotone top and bottom, both with front gaps, recreates the original pieces to look like an entirely different outfit with edginess.

 


 

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2. Slits don’t need to be too deep. Just a good amount of bottom skin revealing with a cozy sweater is the perfect go-to outfit this fall.

 


 

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3. Make use of your denim shirt with a distressed split skirt to boast the ultimate modern woman look. You can easily create your own distressed pair without spending a lot of cash on buying one. Click here for the DIY tutorial.

 


 


 

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4. The beautifully layered line on this skirt, which opens up elegantly on the middle, is the answer to your date-night outfit. It’s the perfect mix of classy and sexy.

 


 

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5. Flight attendants taking their fashion onto another level with front slits. I know which airline I’m now taking when traveling to China.

 


 

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6. One slit is not enough. This long denim skirt layered with a white dress is no doubt the winner for the day.

 

 

 –STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
Cover photo courtesy of http://tiaalesewong.com/category/outfits/

 

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Fashion Blogger Chriselle Lim’s Maternity Fashion Tips

 

About a month ago, fashion blogger, wardrobe stylist and editor Chriselle Lim announced her almost-five-month pregnancy on her Instagram and her blog, The Chriselle Factor. By watching her touching video (below), you get an intimate look into the rough period Lim endured last year due to her miscarriage. But the strong woman was able to get back up and share her inspiring story which has been helping many women renew their souls.

Lim is now focusing more on her health and on the special gift inside her. In fact, she has become so much more positive about life and about her pregnancy that she has decided to combine her pregnancy with something else she is passionate about: fashion. Here are several of Lim’s outfit ideas that all women going through maternity can pull off without falling behind the trend.

 


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1. Oversized Button Down Shirt

The oversized cotton white button down (a.k.a. WBD) shirt is a classic staple item that every girl can wear around different occasions. Lim — halfway through her pregnancy — still looks chic in her oversized WBD that is paired with simple jewelry and maybe a nice pair of skinny jeans. Regardless of what she wore for her bottom, her classic WBD makes her look iconic.

 


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2. Drape Front Dress

There’s nothing more comfortable than a laid-back loose fitting dress. During pregnancy, it’s better to wear softer, stretchy and comfortable clothes, especially since the belly is not getting any smaller than it already is. On her Instagram, Lim mixed and matched the turquoise draped dress with a darker hue of embedded gladiator sandals that even makes running errands look glamorous!

 

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3. Crop Tops

Who says you can’t wear crop tops during pregnancy? Fashion is all about breaking norms and creating new looks. Lim shows off her black crop top paired with a stretchy high-waisted bow tie skirt that totally rocks her baby bump.

 



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This 90s trend has been poppin’ for the past couple years and it’s no exception for those going through maternity. Lim wrapped her denim jacket slightly around her waist, right below her adorable baby bump. Not only does it bring the fashionable aspect of the outfit, but also enhance the waist to look much slimmer.

 

 

– STORY BY MICHELLE KIM. 
All photos courtesy of Chriselle Lim’s Instagram and blog, The Chriselle Factor. 

 

 

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Fall Street Style: Asia’s All About Casual Crewnecks

 

Summer is slowly withdrawing its balmy qualities for the cool, crisp days of our colder months. Much to our delight, this means a new wardrobe rotation begins!

For some simply bringing back their favorite fall items is satisfying, for others it means new retail therapy sessions—out with the old, in with the new.  If you do decide to revamp your closet staples, take a peek at this early fall tendency for Seoul city dwellers with all its variations: the casual crewneck sweatshirt.

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The crewneck originated as an American football sporting garment in the 1930s, and now it has been diversified plenty of times with urban streetwear brands.   While some opt for a more fitted size, you can go oversized and layer away as the temperatures continue to drop into winter.  While heat makes it difficult to look fresh in the heavier fabricated sporty trends, it’s September so those who love to embrace the runway’s more workable options can break them out.

Graphic print sweatshirts are popping up all over Seoul’s streets.

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Others go for the more solid, classic look.

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Can’t get enough?  Check out these fall and winter 2014 collection crewnecks from a few contemporary womenswear designers and brands.

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Rag & Bone New York’s graphic chainstitch sweatshirt in grey heather. Available at: www.rag-bone.com for $325

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The Agi Mixed-Media Sweater in cement marl and silver from All Saints. Available at us.allsaints.com for $250.

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Helmut Lang’s more unconventional Waft Sweatshirt in black. Available at www.helmutlang.com for $275.

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Alexander Wang’s Paisley Pullover with contrasting sheer cutouts. Available at www.alexanderwang.com for $595.

 

 

–STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

Asian American Celebs Take The Red Carpet at 2014’s VMAs and Emmys

Two of the most fabulous, star-studded events happened back-to-back this year, and with them came a flurry of hot red gowns, sexy cleavage and swoon-worthy, fitted black suits. At the Emmys, ABC’s Modern Family predictably took home the golden statue for an outstanding comedy, and actor Bryan Cranston deservedly stole the show with his win as the outstanding lead actor in Breaking Bad; and the VMAs–let’s be real–should have been alternately titled “All Hail Queen Bey.”

Nominations and winners aside, what we fashionistas really look forward to are the unique looks that grace the red carpet. Here’s a rundown of the styles these Asian American celebrities wore at this year’s MTV VMAs and Emmys.


1) Actor and singer Darren Criss, whose roots are half-Filipino, kept it simple at the VMAs with black slacks and a mauve blazer, all pulled together with sleek sunglasses.

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2) Also at the VMAs, Korean American actress Arden Cho shined in this form-fitting strapless by Sherri Hill, silver-strapped Aldo shoes, a Farbod Barsum clutch and jewels from Bavna’s Spring 2015 collection.
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3) The beautiful Indian-born American and “Top Chef” host, Padma Lakshmi, dazzled in a simple, yet stunning white Ralph Rucci dress.
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4) The adorably funny Indian American comedian and actress Mindy Kaling chose a unique dress by Kenzo, a coral halter-topped gown with glimmering silver detailing.
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5) You may not have known that this funny man came from Asian roots, but actor and comedian Fred Armisen is a quarter Japanese, inherited from his father’s side. Standing next to Carrie Brownstein, his partner-in-crime on IFC’s hilarious Portlandia, Armisen looked classy in a black suit with a dark gray dress shirt.
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6) Lucy Liu can never do wrong. The Taiwanese American actress looked absolutely heavenly in this pale Zac Posen gown, Jimmy Choo clutch, and jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.
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7) This hottie came out from behind the camera and swooned all of the Internet when he graced the stage to accept the Emmy for “Outstanding Director” for HBO’s True Detective. Half Japanese and half Swedish, director Cary Joji Fukunaga looked simultaneously manly and sweet in crisp black-and-white attire with his hair in braids.
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8) Last but certainly not least (and definitely the most little), half-Korean American actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays the snarky Lily on Modern Family, donned an appropriate navy-blue laced dress with black tights and patent black flats.
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[Photo sources: E! News and Vulture]

 

 

Arden Cho Looked Stunning At The VMAs

 

The beloved Arden Cho, who was featured in our Spring 2014 issue, turned heads on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Cho wore a sparkly Sherri Hill dress, strappy Aldo shoes, a shimmering Farbod Barsum clutch and beautiful Bavna jewels. The bracelet and earrings are from Bavna’s Spring 2015 collection.

Prior to her arrival, Cho teased us with a selfie and continued with adorable tweets throughout the night.

 

 

 

Arden was also very generous with her compliments of the performers and praised Ariana Grande multiple times. When Sam Smith performed his chart-topping song “Stay With Me,” Cho made us all giggle with her tweet. 

 

 

Currently, Cho plays Kira in MTV’s cult hit series Teen Wolf.

“Being an Asian actress, roles that are on the table often aren’t our first picks,” she says. “But when Teen Wolf came along, I really couldn’t have written a better part that I’d want to play. Sometimes it takes all these disappointments to make you appreciate something when it finally works out.”

 

Keep Cool In White: Jamie Chung’s Top 5 Summer Looks

 

The heat of summer is slowly waning for those living in actual seasons, but for us residing in Southern California, the sun is still shining (and beating down on us with sickeningly hot rays). So while East Coasters can begin to plan enviously adorable outfits for sweater weather, Los Angelenos can still, rest assured, wear crop tops and flirty skirts until December rolls around. So here are five summer looks in the crispest color on the rainbow, and actress Jamie Chung shows us how to rock it.

 


1. White, from head to toe.

 

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Jamie Chung’s style is always on point, and her look at the Marc Jacob’s Daisy Dream Fragrance event in New York City was no exception. Chung looked sweet and chic as ever in an all-white ensemble that simply radiated summer. Gracing Jamie’s slender body from head to toe, the outfit boasted a mix of patterns and styles that the Korean American actress pulled off effortlessly. While the high-waisted, criss cross-patterned pants billowed loosely around her legs, Chung showed off some skin — and some physique — with a pure white bustier. She completed the look a summer must-have, ban.do’s adorable Twist Scarf in Black + White Polka Dot, for a perfect, flirty vibe.

 

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2. A pale palette.

 

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Chung looks super chic with another white ensemble in this gorgeous pale dress that floats just below the knee. She drapes the dress with a light pink vest to give the outfit more structure.

 

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3. Mix and match.

 

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White seems to shine brighter on Jamie Chung, and it’s the best color to keep cool in the summer heat. Wear a simple white top to complement a great, eye-catching skirt, and don’t hesitate to mix styles that seem to clash. The purse’s fringe gives this look more texture and a completely trendy vibe.

 

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4. It’s all in the details.

 

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This outfit proves that a simple white tee and jeans can go a long way with the right details. The burst of turquoise and the red accents pop even more vibrantly against a plain palette of white and blue.

 

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5. Whiteout.

 

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This is another great example of letting those colors shine against an all-white ensemble. Just don’t sit on a dirty chair!

 

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[Photos courtesy of WhatTheChung.com]

 

 

China’s Bizarre “Face-Kini” Makes It To French High Fashion

 

Back in 2012, a Chinese beach accessory known as the “face-kini” began attracting worldwide attention.

The term face-kini gained online popularity years ago when Time Magazine showed off a picture of some Chinese beach-goers who wore the bizarre mask. Now, it seems the craze is back, but not in the way you’d expect. Recently, French magazine CR Fashion Book had their models sporting (you guessed it) face-kinis.

 

 

Despite the undeniable popularity of the face-kini, the beach accessory was never actually worn for the sake of fashion in China. The full head mask, often paired with a long-sleeved body suit, was a hit in China because of its ability to protect its user from the sun. The accessory helped with Asia’s questionable obsession with pale skin.

“I’m afraid of getting dark,” a face-kini wearer explained to The New York Times. “A woman should always have fair skin. Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”

 

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While China used the mask as a way to retain paleness, CR Fashion Book, which was created by former editor-in-chief of French Vogue Carine Roitfed, saw the masks as an opportunity for fashion.

Check out the French fashion photos below and tell us what you think!

 

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