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!

Calling All Shopaholics: EVEN MORE H&M is Coming Soon

 

Start saving up your daily allowance or summer job paycheck! H&M is about to open a whopping number of 375 stores in the US and China later this year, opening an average of one store per day! For those of you couch potatoes who would rather stay in the cool indoors, your in luck as well because H&M also has plans to expand their online stores, bringing their total number of e-stores to 13.

According to the New York Daily News last year, H&M gained so much popularity from young consumers that it put their teen retail competitors such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle behind. Despite this achievement however, H&M still has many other strong competitors in the market including major retailers such as Zara and GAP, that are both also in the works of adding more stores in China as well.

If you’re anything like me, that is, someone that can always come up with a reason (albeit, not always logical) to buy a new pair of shoes – well, get even more excited! In order to compete with their fellow rivals, H&M had to step it up, thus expanding expanding their shoe collection in nine different countries in both physical and online stores, including China, US, the UK and Sweden.

Happy shopping!

DOs and DON’Ts: Harem Pants

Harem pants are all the rage. They’re flowy like a skirt, but have legs like pants. It’s the best of both worlds, but only if you wear them right. Here are the dos and don’ts of this fashion trend:

 


DO pair them with cropped jackets and shirts. It accentuates the pants and makes your torso look longer.

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DON’T over accessorize. The pants are the attention getter, not the bling.

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DO wear heels. Harem pants can make your legs look short and stumpy, so add height with a pair of heels.

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DON’T wear baggy tops. Balance the fullness of the pants with a fitted top.

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Get That Look: Seoul Fashion Week Street Fashion

Seoul Fashion Week for Fall and Winter of 2014 was hosted at Dongdaemun Design Plaza. With the crowds of people, all the best fashion trends were captured.

 


Floral Pattern

Bold, bright patterns are always on the lookout for a fashion trend, and floral is no exception.

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Floral Wraparound Kimono ($19.95)

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Mirrored Sunglasses

Sunglasses are the perfect accessory, and mirrored ones help bring life to any outfit.

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Quay Mirror Mirror Shades ($40)

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Color-matching

Wearing different shades of just one color instantly catches people’s eye.

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Sheer Maxi Skirt ($29.99)

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Straight Cut Coat ($139)

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Yuna Kim Graces the Cover of ‘VOGUE KOREA’

Story by James S. Kim.

Yuna Kim hung up her blades for the final time after a farewell performance in Seoul earlier this month. But the South Korean queen of the ice isn’t done with figure skating quite yet.

Kim told Vogue Korea that she was looking forward to the next stage in her career, which will involve developing younger skaters and keeping South Korea in the conversation for the sport.

“Thinking about how I am going to be living a completely different life, I am excited and also afraid,” she admitted. “However, my anticipation is greater. I will still be working in sports. Since figure skating is something that I know the most, I won’t let go of it, and I hope to be able to help my juniors.”

Readers of Vogue Korea will also be able to see an entirely different side of Kim in the June issue. Her photo spread brings back memories of her 2010 record-setting gold medal free skate in Vancouver, where she skated to George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F,” as she dons the bob and edginess of a 1920s flapper.

Check out these photos.

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This story was originally published on iamkoream.com
(Images via Vogue Korea)

Get That Celeb Look: Jamie Chung’s Clutch

Jamie Chung uses her red Kate Spade Saturday envelope clutch ($80) to add a pop of color to her outfits.

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Want to get this look for less?


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Charles & Keith Duo-Tone Clutch
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Sole Society Korie Oversize Pouch
($34.95)

 

For the ladies out there who like their neutral colors, there’s a clutch for you too.


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BCBGeneration Higher Maintenance Clutch
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Shay Mitchell’s Steamy ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Photoshoot

Shay Mitchell, the Filipina-Scottish-Irish American actress most known for her role as Emily in Pretty Little Liars, recently took over the pages of GQ along with her PLL cast members.

In the original books that Pretty Little Liars was based on, her character Emily is a redheaded Caucasian.

“She doesn’t look anything like me,” Mitchell tells Audrey Magazine. “I think it says a lot. The girl-next-door isn’t just blond-haired and blue-eyed anymore.”

“I’m finding there are so many auditions that I can go to that I’m sure actresses before me couldn’t go to five, 10 years ago,” Mitchell adds. “If I feel, looking as I do, that I can be a girl next door, I think that’s a really good thing for Asian American actors.”

Mitchell joins her co-stars Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario for this steamy photoshoot. Unfortunately, the photoshoot has gotten some criticism for being photoshopped and the actors have responded by saying they are proud of their natural bodies.

“Photoshopped or not. I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet.” Bellisario added.

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See more of the photoshoot here. 

J.Crew & Public School’s New Collection

The CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner, Public School, and runners up, Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary, have paired up with J. Crew for their debut capsule collection. The collection shows each designer’s unique taste from Public School’s sporty, urban womenswear, to Obando’s flirty, tiered skirt, and Alary’s nature-inspired jewelry.

Daniel Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are the dynamic duo known as Public School. Chow and Osborne blend references from fashion, music, and art to create fashion that is unique and detailed. Every consideration is made to design and manufacture their full range in their home of New York. Chow and Osborne have received many accolades including the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear and, of course, the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award.

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So what is the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award? The Council of Fashion Designers of America have partnered with Vogue magazine to create an endowment to support the next generation of American fashion designers. Three emerging designers are selected annually by the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee, and are awarded business mentoring from established fashion industry professionals and a prize of up to $300,000 to enable recipients to pursue their independent designs.

Their collection debuts on June 16, but is now available for preorder on jcrew.com.

Chinatown’s Senior Citizens: The Original Hipsters

It’s no secret that fashion bloggers are most certainly on the rise these days. After all, who doesn’t want to see what’s trending in the fashion world?

While it’s nice to look at all these young bloggers pose in front of DSLR cameras, Valerie Luu understands that some of the best fashionistas are the ones you wouldn’t expect. Luu teamed up with photographer Andria Lo and translators Tricia Choi, Kat Wong, and Michelle Yeung to explore the streets of Chinatown. There, they uncovered some of the most underrated style experts ever: the senior citizens.

“Chinese seniors would get off and walk up Pacific, with purple puffy jackets, snapbacks, and sneakers you’d expect to see on a 20-year-old Missionite, not an 80-something Chinese woman,” Luu wrote. “Chinatown fashion combines urban utilitarianism with smart, unexpected combinations of prints and a use of color that just made me feel uplifted whenever I saw it. They’re fashionistas – worthy of any street-style blog.”

After interviewing the Chinatown locals, Luu discovered that many of these senior citizens have been fashion forward their whole life. Ask 82-year-old Man Ta why she wears jade shoes and she won’t say it’s because the color is popular right now. Jade has always been her favorite color. Ask 76-year-old Yu Tom why she wears floral print and she won’t say it’s to fit in. Bright colors remind her of her late husband. Clearly, this isn’t just for fashion — it’s a lifestyle. In fact many of the senior citizens admit that they wear snapbacks, beanies and puffy jackets simply to keep warm.

Check out some photos of these original hipsters and be sure to view the full photo essay here.

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Get This Anime Look: Fashion Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki Films

Story by Katherine Chou.

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki OutfitKiki is a thirteen-year-old witch leaving home for the first time to seek her fortune in the port city of Koriko. Her signature black dress rivals Holly Golightly’s, though Kiki’s is far from little. Sporting long sleeves and a generous cut, it billows behind her in the air. Add a belt for a figure-hugging silhouette.

The outfit makes good use of red accents that pop against the black backdrop of the dress. With the help of a floppy red bow and dainty ballet flats, standard bag lady uniform is transformed into the look of an ambitious and independent young witch.

As us ordinary folk can’t exactly walk around followed constantly by a cat (though there are those lucky few), hint at Jiji, Kiki’s black cat and best friend, with a cat-shaped ring. Throw some nautical earrings into the mix as a nod to Kiki’s fondness for Koriko.

As for the broom, well that’s up to you. I hear the Firebolt is quite good.

 


Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie OutfitSophie is a quiet and unassuming hatter. When she is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste, she stows away aboard the moving castle of the enigmatic wizard, Howl, in order to remove her curse.

While Sophie may not be the most stylish among the heroines here, it is her cleverness and strength that saves Howl from his fate, bringing peace to their land and restoring her youth. Furthermore, she’s done what eludes most women, rocking the same outfit in both her youth and old age.

Start with a cornflower blue dress detailed with ruffles or neatly-lined buttons. A relaxed denim dress also does the trick. A pair of solid brown boots anchors the outfit, saying to the world, “My dress might border on frumpy, but I can still kick ass.” Which, now that I think of it, is essentially a theme of the film.

An orange gemstone is reminiscent of Calcifer, the flame that powers the castle and that only Sophie can tame. Bird silhouette earrings evoke the dark secret at the heart of Sophie’s story.

In the movie, Sophie wears both a red hair bow and a straw hat. If you find the combination a bit overwhelming in real life, you can tie a braid together with a red bow or top it all off with a straw hat in the style of your choice. A boater sets you apart from the fedora-loving masses. Okay, any hat stands out these days, even if it was mass-produced in a factory and not by Sophie’s loving hand.

This is America – even a hat of humblest beginnings can come to be part of an extraordinary outfit. Dream big, guys.

 

Howl Outfit

Metrosexual is a good adjective for Howl, a wizard caught in the midst of an epic war, but his life does depend on keeping up appearances as he evades the draft with the help of his moving castle and a series of false identities.

Howl’s wardrobe staples are slim black pants and a relaxed white blouse, upon which he vainly piles layers of jewelry. Evidently he has never taken Coco Chanel’s advice. His jewelry is an eclectic mix of pretty trinkets and meaningful pieces like the ruby ring connecting him to Calcifer. Purists can find jewelry that match his piece for piece. You can also put together a unique collection of personal pieces and those that just bring out your inner magpie.

This is a perfect transitional look for fall. Howl’s patchwork pink and blue jacket is difficult to find in the wild, so substitute with a peacoat in similar shades. As the days get chillier, a frayed black scarf adds another layer of warmth while referencing Howl’s fowl alter ego. In warmer weather, a feathered hairpiece does the same trick. Keep shoes simple with black ankle boots.

This outfit also works for Halloween, if you’re eyeing trick-or-treating as a kaleidoscope.

 


Spirited Away

Chihiro OutfitChihiro is a ten-year-old girl who moves into a new neighborhood and finds herself in a surreal world of spirits and monsters, including the witch, Yubaba, who turns her parents into pigs. Although all the neon in her look may be daunting, consider it an upgrade from your outfits when you were ten.

A relaxed ombre lime top gives a nod to the ombre trend and Chihiro’s colorblock green t-shirt. Fight the heat with some heat of your own in the form of hot pink shorts. Tie your hair into a high ponytail and wind a dragon bracelet around your wrist in honor of Haku, the river spirit that befriends Chihiro.

Finally, slip on a pair of yellow sneakers so you’re prepared in case you need to race against time to save your parents from being pigs. For some especially angry thirteen-year-olds, that’s every day.

 


Princess Mononoke

San OutfitMononoke being a Japanese term for a spirit or monster, the heroine of this film is actually a girl named San who fights on the side of the forest and its supernatural guardians against rampant resource consumption by humans in the Iron Town.

In the sweltering summer heat, ditch the fur cape and hat for a cool, streamlined look. San layers a white tank over a black slip dress. You can do the same, or find a colorblock black and white top to pair with a black skater skirt.

To evoke the necklace of teeth that keeps San’s cape around her shoulders, add a shark tooth necklace. Grab one of the beachy hemp ones you inevitably collected in middle school or go classy with gold. Any necklace with a triangular pendant will do, really.

A pair of white pendant earrings brings attention to your face. The gold trim on this pair works with the gold of the necklace to pull the outfit together. Add a smear of lipstick as red as San’s face paint as the finishing touch.

It’s a minimalistic approach to Princess Mononoke, with the elements of her look pared down to the very basics, but her fierce strength still shines through. And whether you spend your days in a tree to prevent it from being chopped down or just own a recycling bin, I’m sure you’ll agree that minimalism keeps resource consumption low, which is totally in line with San’s passion for the forest.

Although if you’re currently residing in a tree, this might not be the most practical thing to wear.


My Neighbor Totoro

Mei OutfitSatsuki and Mei are sisters who move into an old house with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. While Satsuki attends school, Mei’s curiosity leads to the discovery of Totoro, a big friendly creature living in the giant tree just behind their new home.

Mei does all her adventuring in a casual pink sleeveless dress, which she layers with a white blouse. For an updated look, replace the puff sleeves with long ones. Mei is a girl who ascribes to function before form, and she’s all set with bright yellow accents that contrast with the pink and white of her ensemble. While traipsing around the village on Totoro-related missions, Mei keeps her feet comfortable in yellow mary janes. Her yellow satchel frees up her arms pick up the mysterious acorns she finds and holds them for safekeeping.

A few pieces of jewelry reference Mei’s first meeting with Totoro: acorn earrings like the ones she finds in a trail leading to Totoro’s hiding place, and a leaf-shaped necklace that could have been plucked off Totoro’s massive tree itself. Finally, sweep black nail polish onto your fingertips and see if you can convince anyone that you were catching soot spirits like the ones running rampant in Satsuki and Mei’s new house.

 


Of course, these are only a selection of Ghibli characters (or anime characters, for that matter). So tell us, what are some of your two-dimensional style icons?