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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Tokyo Street Style: Fashion Meets Food Courtesy of Rotari Parker

 

Writing this before breakfast was a terrible idea — my hungry monster keeps getting more upset at the visual deliciousness before me. My love of eating, especially snacks, has gained me the nickname “Snack Attack,” and I won’t deny that I dream of pantries full of crunchy morsels on a regular basis. Now combine this obsession with my daily street style hunts and we reach foodie/fashionista heaven, otherwise known as Japanese accessory line Rotari Parker.

The label has been around for a few years, breathing new life into typical grocery aisle fare, and is still releasing delectable accessories periodically under their “Eat Me” line. These hand-produced marvels are fitting given the eclectic street style of Tokyo, where wearable art garners more appreciation than seasonal fashion movements. I know this story isn’t quite promoting healthy living, but sometimes adorable things are difficult to pass up. That, and I generally take on the “you only live once” approach to eating.

How does Japan wear these sweet and savory finds? By stacking them up because just one won’t do. There’s nothing like being decked out in pretzels and pastries to engage people’s fascination.

And yes, in case you were wondering, this is all real food.

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If you check out Rotari Parker’s Instagram you’ll find their newest designs along with behind-the-scene photos of how they create this yummy invasion of food and fashion. As a warning, it’s best not to look if you are starving at the moment and suffer from “hangriness.”

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Photos Courtesy of Instagram.com/rotariparker

 

 

— STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

 

Indian Acid Attack Victims Come Together For An Incredibly Inspiring Photo Shoot

 

Most of us can barely fathom what many innocent Indian women have had to suffer as victims of rape in a country where it happens so frequently that it has become the second most dangerous place to live in for women.

Another issue in India, one much less commonly addressed, is the approximately 1,000 women who are attacked with acid every year. In most cases, while the victims of the attacks do not die, they are forced to live with the memories of the attack, along with the disfiguring scars, for the rest of their lives. As cruel and inhumane as the heinous crime is, however, there are unfortunately no specific laws against acid attacks within the Indian judicial system.

Twenty-two-year-old Rupa is one of these victims. In 2008, Rupa’s stepmother and four men attacked her with acid while she was sleeping. The resulting scars were so extensive it became a hindrance when she tried to apply for jobs. Of course, she was discouraged at first, but she didn’t let her scars get to her. In fact, she joined the charity campaign group Stop Acid Attacks and has been working with other survivors of acid attack the last few years.

And she didn’t just stop there. Rupa, who has always had a lifelong dream of designing clothes, recently launched her own clothing line called Rupa Designs. With the help of Indian photographer Rahul Saharan, Rupa even modeled the clothes from the line in a gorgeous photo shoot, along with four of her friends — Rita, Sonam, Laxmi and Chanchal — all of whom are also acid attack survivors.

 

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Saharan, who shot the photos of the women for free, has stated that these photos are “a tribute to all the brave women across the globe who have gone through this gruesome torture.” He is now working on a photo exhibition, the proceeds from which will go to help survivors.

I have been associated with Chhaon (meeting house for suvivors) for the last two-and-a-half years, but this is the first time I feel like I’ve put my skills to good use to help these lovely girls,” he said in an interview. “I feel blessed to have got this exclusive opportunity.”

Photos courtesy of New York Daily News.

 

Indian Rape-Themed Fashion Photo Shoot Sparks Major Controversy

 

Let the record show that here at Audrey, we have no problem with creative editorial fashion shoots that showcase photographers and designers who think outside the box. We do however, have a major issue with offensive photo shoots that depict the scenes of a real-life gang rape incident that occurred in New Delhi, India, in 2012, where a 23-year-old woman was brutally raped, tortured and murdered on board a bus home.

This pretty much goes without saying, but it’s just an incredibly insensitive idea to have a rape-themed photo shoot in a country where 93 women are raped every single day. In fact, rape happens so frequently there that Indian women have created anti-rape clothing to protect themselves. Clearly, this is still very much an ongoing problem that has yet to be resolved.

Mumbai-based photographer Raj Shetye, the man responsible for the controversial photos series titled “The Wrong Turn,” claims that the photo shoot was not an act of glamorizing the “Nirbhaya” case  (Hindi word for “fearless,” a nickname given to the 23-year-old victim to protect her identity), but rather as a way to raise awareness for the safety of women in India.

“The message I would like to give is that it doesn’t matter who the girl is,” Shetye defended himself in an interview with Buzzfeed. “It doesn’t depend on which class she belonged in — it can happen to anyone.”

 

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I don’t know if you see what I see, but those photos seem to be an exact, literal representation of glamorizing a truly horrific event.

What do you think? Are you as outraged as we are?

Photos courtesy of Refinery29.

Move Over Harajuku Girl! The Kurogyaru Is the Latest Look Out of Japan

 

Ganguro is one of Tokyo’s most distinct fashion subcultures, which started in the mid-1990s and is well known for some key characteristics: dark tans, bleached hair and dramatic white makeup. Contrary to what some might think, the style originally came about in opposition of the traditional Japanese beauty standard of fair skin, dark hair and a fairly simple makeup look. In order to rebel against this singular idea of beauty, Ganguro decided to express themselves with an extreme style so as to make their message loud and clear that there are other ways to be beautiful. Though the Ganguro look had mostly faded away by the 2000s, a succeeding subculture, Kurogyaru (literal translation: black gals), is keeping the spirit alive and Black Diamond is at the forefront spreading the fashion style all over the world. We caught up with Black Diamond recently and got the scoop directly from them.

 

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Audrey Magazine: What inspired you to form the group, Black Diamond?

Black Diamond: We are all just a bunch of girls who love the Kurogyaru style. Our current manager originally wanted to publish a special edition magazine featuring Kurogyaru fashion, so he tried to bring people together which is how we got involved. Over time, we became a group and now we have more than 150 members in Japan.

AM: Although Ganguro is a trend from the mid-’90s, what made you want to revive it and get into the Kurogyaru style?

BD: As a group, our goal is to spread the Kurogyaru style. Ganguro has completely faded out and now Kurogyaru is a newer evolution of that subculture. We noticed that there aren’t many people dressing in this way, so we want to inspire people to enjoy Kurogyaru.

AM: What is the difference between Ganguro and Kurogyaru style?

BD: Ganguro is also known for the tanned skin, but other than that, we would say the styles are completely different. Ganguro makeup tends to be like heavy and white makeup around the eyes, but Kurogyaru is a lot more colorful. We have a more modern way of doing our makeup and hair, as well as clothing style.

 

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AM: What are your thoughts on the traditional Asian beauty standard of porcelain skin?

BD: We think that there’s nothing wrong with liking pale skin. We just happen to prefer darker skin and we hope people can see the beauty in that, too.

AM: So from your perspective, what is beauty?

BD: Beauty is … flashiness? Flashy hair, flashy clothes, flashy makeup, flashy nails? [Laughs] Beauty is dark skin and flashiness.

AM: How do you accomplish your daily look? How long does it take?

BD: Well, for makeup, we do it everyday obviously. [Laughs] Our outfits depend on our moods and the weather. Like today, Harutama (the one with blue hair) and Rise (the one with pink hair) coordinated together and did their hair like the popular Japanese characters Kiki and Lala [Little Twin Stars]. It really depends on each person, but on average, it takes us about one to two hours to get ready everyday.

AM: What is a must-have Kurogyaru item?

BD: A tanning bed. [Laughs] False eyelashes? Actually if we don’t have everything, the look just isn’t right. Every item is a must-have. [Laughs]

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AM: Black Diamond not only has members in Japan but overseas as well. How has your group grown internationally?

BD: The Internet. People saw and heard about us from the Internet and many people wanted to join our group from their home countries, so we have many subgroups in different regions of Japan and also in various parts of the world.

AM: Can you tell us about your ongoing or upcoming projects?

BD: We are working on starting our own clothing line. One of our greatest motivations is that there are many foreigners who are into Kurogyaru style and they cannot easily get the clothes or the right sizes, so we want to make our line more accessible for Kurogyaru fans internationally.

Kurogyaru are also known for their “para para” style of dancing. Check it out here:

 

 

For more information on Black Diamond, you can check out their Facebook page here.
–Story and photos by Mai Nguyen.

Nine Months and Fabulous: Glamorous Pregnancy Photos of Rihanna’s Stylist Nini Nguyen

“It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.”

That’s Nini Nguyen’s philosophy. With over ten years in the fashion industry, Nini Nguyen has made a name for herself as a model, a high-profile stylist and a designer, working as a fashion consultant for companies the likes of Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus, Oscar de la Renta and Barneys New York. Her on-point style even caught the eye of Queen Riri, who personally contacted Nguyen through Instagram over a year ago, and ever since then, the two have become a power couple in the fashion industry. Just look at them rock it.

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Now, several years down the road, Nguyen is still chanting that same mantra–but in a different context. About some nine months ago, the fashionista became pregnant with her first child, which she excitedly gushed about on her popular style blog. Ever since then, she’s been sharing beautiful photo after photo of her growing baby bump. Her new, updated motto (or so we’d like to think): “So what if I’m pregnant? I’m going to make it look fabulous!”

Here’s a chronicle of Nguyen’s glamorous, intimate, and inspiring pregnancy.

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Best wishes to Nini, her husband Loc, and their newborn baby Sage!

 

Photos courtesy of ninistyle.net and @ninistyle on Instagram

 

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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