Asians in Fashion | Zhang Jiani for A Summer Fashion Shoot

Chinese Actress and Model Zhang Jiani recently took some breath-taking fashion photos just in time for Summer. Her most recent work includes her role as Meng Jin Zhen in Gong 3 and her role as Su Su in the drama Jing Zhong Yue Fei. Clearly, she is just as good a model as she is an actress. Check out her complete control of vibrant patterns and colors in the fashion photos below.

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Summer Footwear No-No’s

We live in an age where bold is in, eccentric is cute, and mixing patterns is hip. We’re accepting of a lot of new trends and it almost seem like the more weird a fad may be, the more “cool” it is.

But there’s a limit. There is definitely a limit. If this summer has taught me anything so far, its that some things will simply not work.

Here’s a list of our top five SUMMER FOOTWEAR NO-NO’S:

 

wellrox1) Toe-Separating Sandals

Macy’s has released a new line of footwear called Wellrox. If you are somehow unable to notice whats so horrible about these, we’re gonna go ahead and point it out for you- these are toe-separating sandals. Macy’s claims that this line is “unusual in the cutest way”, but we’re pretty sure they misused the word cute. They’ve released about 8 style (trust us, the picture above is about as good as it gets) and these sandals will cost you anything from $50-$100. Nice efforts, Wellrox.


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2) Original Crocs

Despite the number of jokes and people who openly oppose crocs, the shoe is still (for some unknown reason)  alive and going strong. In an effort to appeal to a larger crowd, crocs has released a number of new styles which are admittedly much more fashionable. So if you still want to comfort of crocs, please go purchase the latest ones and ditch these buckets.


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3) UGGs in the Summer

Are we saying that UGGs are unfashionable? Absolutely not. Pair it with some leggings and an oversized sweater and you’re all set for the winter time. But these things are definitely a no-no for the summer. People will often pair UGGs with shorts or a skirt leaving the rest of us confused about whether or not their hot or cold. If its 90 degrees out, trust us, you probably don’t want your feet to be that warm.

 

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4) These Furry, Jeweled Things

Ranking number four on Vogue’s “The Ugly-Pretty Sandal: Ten Takes on Summer’s Must-Have Shoe” list, are these things. Lined with fur perfect for hot summer weather and bedazzled in so many jewels that its blinding, you would think these were made as some sort of joke. It has to be right? Nope, unfortunately they’re not. In fact, these Celine sandals will cost you $3,950.

 

socks with sandals5) Socks and Sandals

Speaking of Vogue, it appears as if they’re trying very hard to make socks and sandals work. No Vogue, this will not happen. Just as Regina George made it clear that “fetch” will never happen, this duo will not go well with one another.

Asians in Fashion | G-Dragon for Vogue Korea

To celebrate their 17th anniversary, Vogue Korea is releasing three versions of their latest issue, which will be available this August. On the cover is none other than Big Bang’s leader, the ever-stylish G-Dragon. The “One of a Kind” singer-rapper-songwriter shows off three very different sides of himself in each cover, appearing alongside top Korean models Soo Joo, Sunghee Kim and Jihye Park.

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More than Just a “Belle”: Hellz Bellz and BOTB’s Lanie Barcena

It’s hard to talk about women’s streetwear without talking about the LA-based Hellz Bellz and its sister brand, BOTB (short for Belle of the Brawl).  The unapologetically in-your-face, naturally cool labels are the brainchildren of Lanie Barcena, a Pilipina American designer.  Also known as “misslawn,” Barcena gave us a sneak into her life and her daily grind.

What was it like starting Hellz Bellz?
Starting Hellz Bellz started pretty organically. I didn’t go into it thinking or even hoping it would turn into a full on business. I was young, super creative and busting in the seams to simply design product that I loved… to put it simply, Hellz Bellz started out as a hobbie and from an honest place, which is why I truly believe it became successful.

Hellz Bellz is a brand known for being bold, strong and dynamic. Who/what inspires you as a designer?
I’m inspired by music ranging from hip hop to punk to ska to even classical and jazz. Music is always the soundtrack to every collection. In addition to music, I’m heavily inspired by cultures I’ve either encountered, studied or have been immersed in. All which is very broad BUT I tend to pick out elements that I relate tor gravitate toward, and it’s usually the anti / aggressive / strong yet empowering elements that catch my eye.

Describe the quintessential Hellz Bellz woman.
She’s a fashion forward, street savy, non-apologetic boss who sticks to her guns and gives fellas a run for their money. She has a voice and isn’t afraid to use it, using it to inspire, motivate and empower… and did I mention she’s sexy as fuck both inside and out?!

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What is it like being a female in the male-dominated streetwear industry?
There was a time when it was a bit daunting but now it’s not even something that I think about. However, it is pretty nice to know that I can hold my own amongst all these guys.

What has been the most memorable moment of your fashion career so far?
There isn’t one moment in particular. This whole rollercoaster ride that I’ve been on since 2005 has been memorable. Seriously, it’s been the best and worst time of my life all at the same time BUT I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

But ok, if you were to twist my wrist and make me choose one… I’d say the night of my Hellz Bellz x Vans release party in NY a few years ago. It was such a monumental moment being able to finally release a project I had worked so diligently on for over a year with a company I so greatly admired to not only fashion editors, bloggers and celebs BUT also to people that I’ve looked up to forevvvver. That was really an amazing night and milestone in my fashion career.

What can we expect to see Hellz Bellz in the coming years?
Hopefully bigger and better things.

Describe yourself in ten words or less.
Creative. Controlling. Petite. Passionate. Silly. Loyal. Short Tempered. Loving. Ridiculous.

Name your style icons.
Vivienne Westwood.
Gwen Stefani.
Bianca Jagger.

Favorite piece(s) that you’ve designed:
Belle of the Brawl Stadium Jacket
Vans x Hellz shoes (all of them)
Mata Hari x Hellz Bellz Speedy Satchel Bag
Black Scale x BOTB Stadium Jacket (coming soon)

Life motto or words you live by:
If you don’t grind, you’ll fall behind.

Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

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The Daily SHAG | Lee Jin Wook For Marie Claire Photoshoot

Its Friday, the weekend is just around the corner, and the sunshine today marks the first official day of summer. What could possibly make this day even better than it already is?

A SHAG. Always a SHAG.

Today’s Smoking Hot Asian Guy is none other than actor Lee Jin Wook. Known for his roles in dramas such as Alone in Love, Smile Again, and Glass Castle,  Lee Jin Wook continues to steal hearts with his most recent role as Park Sun-Woo in Nine: Nine Time Travels. What fans may not know about this heartthrob is his life before fame. Prior to acting, Lee Jin Wook was in Cheongju University pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. Brains, talent, good looks, and a good sense of style? Lee Jin Wook clearly deserves a spot on our SHAG list.

Check out Lee Jin Woo embracing his inner geek chic in this Marie Claire fashion photoshoot. Happy Friday Audrey Readers!

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Audrey Insider | Sue Wong’s Spring Collection 2013

The dimmed open space of The Conga Room at L.A. Live enveloped the bustling mixed crowd of fashionable patrons and photographers as they all waited for the show to start. Past the host and the bar stood an abundantly spacious stage bearing the designer’s name “Sue Wong” and where the source of the alluring red light seemed to be coming from. It definitely set the tone of the Spring ’13 Collection: the anxious onlookers were about to step into a dramatic show of mystery, exoticism, sentience, and the perplexing beauty of nature.

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Audrey’s Best of 2012 | Top Five Asians in Fashion Moments

Comme des Garcons’s Rei Kawakubo Wins CFDA International Award for 2012. Photo courtesy of CFDA.

1. Asians win big at CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America): Philip Lim, Joseph Altuzarra, and Rei Kawakubo.


Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Tabitha Simmons win Swarovksi Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear, Menswear and Accessories, respectively. Photo courtesy of Vogue.com.
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Audrey’s Favorite Looks at Bollywood’s Stardust Awards 2013

Anushka Sharma (Best Actress Comedy/Romance winner, Jab Tak Hai Jaan) in Armani.

The 11th annual Stardust Awards honored Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, and numerous others for their achievements in Hindi film this year. But who were the winners on the red carpet?

 

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New York Fashion Week + Asians in Fashion | 2/9/13: Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra, Jen Kao – and more!

Chiharu Okunugi & Sun Fei Fei for Altuzarra

The third day was the biggest day for Asian fashion designers: Alexander Wang (right before he heads over to Balenciaga as Creative Director), Prabal Gurung (did you score something from his Target collection?), Joseph Altuzarra, and our personal favorite – Jen Kao. Check out some of our favorite looks!

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