Much More Than Cosplay: Minju Kim Offers a Manga-Inspired Collection for H&M

Though the Isabel Marant for H&M Lookbook has been making waves these past few days, we must admit that another collection has caught our attention.

This fall, South Korean designer Minju Kim will have the honor of having her sartorial creations in H&M stores, after winning H&M’s 2013 Design Award back in January.

The 27-year-old Kim, who studied design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium (whose alumni include Ann Demeulemeester and Martin Margiela), wowed a prestigious panel of judges with her “Dear my friend” collection, which was influenced by Japanese manga artist Junjie Ito.


With eclectic shapes, a playful use of color and impressive use of texture, the designs speak to Kim’s distinct vision and fun personality. On the runway, the clothes may seem a bit extreme, but when translated for the masses, they become nothing short of stand-out amongst anything you’ll see in stores this fall.

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“Creating this collection with H&M has been an amazing experience,” says Kim. “My designs are about turning characters into outfits, and it’s exciting to think that these characters will soon be worn by people around the world.”


The collection, made up of nine pieces and two accessories, is set for release on October 17 at select H&M stores in the U.S., UK, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and online. It will also be available at Opening Ceremony in New York, Los Angeles and London, marking the first time that H&M clothing will be sold at Opening Ceremony.

New York Fashion Week | Meet Fashion Designer Ann Yee

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While New York Fashion Week is the stage for the world’s best designers to showcase their latest work, some of the more exciting moments come from discovering emerging talent in the fashion industry.

We’ve been taking notice of up and coming fashion designer Ann Yee — check her out in Steve Madden’s “Meet the Makers” video series.

For more information about Ann Yee’s collection, please visit her site.

Find Meet The Makers online at: Steve Madden’s MagYoutubeFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Check out the Steve Madden x Ann Yee video below the cut!


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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 | Spotlight on Filipina-French Designer

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Monique Lhuillier has been a household name in bridal gowns since she first launched her company in 1996. With the opening of her New York flagship store in November, the Filipina-French designer has firmly established herself as the leading lady of eveningwear. Lhuillier’s gowns regularly grace the red carpet and, based on the look of her Fall 2013 ready-to-wear line that she debuted last Saturday at New York Fashion Week, this year should be no different.

For Lhuillier, Fall 2013 was all about the contrast from day to night. White, black, green, and gold dominated the designer’s color palate, making for a dramatic appearance. However, this boldness of color was balanced by delicate art deco details. Must-have items from daywear included the feather printed crepe seamed pants with contrast waistband, the black web lace blouse, and the brocade printed crepe cap sleeve gown.

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The second half of the show took a page straight out of The Great Gatsby. Embroidery, lace, and fringe strutted down the runway. Lhuillier hit the mark with her black and emerald embroidered tulle long-sleeve illusion gown which perfectly blended sensuality with sophistication. The gold feather lace draped strapless high-low gown with exposed tulle and the black and nude deco embroidered tulle long-sleeve gown were also highlights. However, the outfit that stole the night was Lhuillier’s cigarette lace pants with tulle overlay. With the Oscars just a week away, I hope to see some celebrities donning these on the red carpet.

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LA Fashion Week 2013 | Fashion Designer Pia Gladys Perey

After being asked a few times, Fashion Designer Pia Gladys Perey finally debuted her first runway show for 2013 Fashion Week in Los Angeles last month.  Perhaps the timing never felt right until this year and it’s just a sign of the growing popularity of her brand, Pia Gladys Perey.  She explains, “I have expanded my label and want to see how people from the US will react to my label.  It’s very exciting and am very much looking forward to getting into the US market.”


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Asians in Fashion | Interview with Fashion Designer Sue Wong

It’s all about Gatsby, Gatsby, Gatsby these days and who better to take the fashion lead than Fashion Designer Sue Wong with the launch of her Fall Collection titled none other than, “The Great Gatsby”.  At her recent birthday party/fashion preview, the Hollywood crowd amazed donning flapper girl dresses, beads and crystals galore with men dappered out in their suit and ties.  The red carpet was rolled out for celebrities in attendance such as Kelsey Grammer and his wife, actor Thomas Jane to the pop band Blush.

Wong is a fashion legacy known to create her collections centered around films such as “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” in the past.  For her Gatsby Collection, Wong wanted to “…bring to life the spirit of an era that Fitzgerald flawless depicted in his novel…” which is delicately designed in her flapper dresses that are decorated with rich beading and fringed skirts.  Audrey caught up with Wong as she describes who the Sue Wong woman is, the soulfulness of style and her hard knocks advice on getting into the fashion biz.

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Spring 2013 | Pop-arazzi: Monika Chiang

DEPT: Pop-arazzi
AUTHOR: Olivia Ouyang
ISSUE: Spring 2013
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“The fashion designer brings a global sensibility to clothes for the modern woman”

“Monika Chiang always wanted to be a fashion designer. Now, with a successful third collection and partnerships with Shopbop and Intermix, the Chinese American is making her childhood dream a reality.”

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Audrey Insider | Interview with Bangalore-based Designer Michelle Salins

The up and coming fashion designer Michelle Salins has recently debuted her collection for Fall/Winter 2012 in America. What stands out about the Indian-born designer from others is her modern and feminine mix of both Indian and American cultures. Beginning her career in 2009, Salins was formerly an interior designer before establishing her career as a fashion designer. We were fortunate enough to interview the designer who talks about her inspiration, her American release, and her tips for Fall.
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NYFW Designer Spotlight: Anveglosa

Anveglosamade its way to the US shores during New York Fashion Week, presenting its Fall/Winter 2013 collection at Eli Klein Fine Art on Tuesday, February 12. The Hong Kong-based brand was created by Annette Chan in 2007, naming Anveglosa after her three daughters – Venus, Glori and Sabrina. Chan had in mind to design fine clothing with timeless style and eventually found success after the debut of her first collection. Her leather creations garnered her attention and Chan has used the material to globalize Anveglosa.

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