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!

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
($63):


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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
($62.99)