Fei Fei Sun, First Asian Model to Grace The Cover of “Vogue Italia”

 

Last year, we couldn’t be prouder when we saw high fashion Chinese model Fei Fei Sun’s face on the cover of Vogue Italia, and it came as no surprise. Fei Fei is currently regarded as the model with the most impressive resumé. She has not only walked for every major fashion designer in the industry, but she has also managed to be on the covers of Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Vogue.

 

 

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When Fei Fei was only 10 years old, her mother became concerned when her daughter shot up to 5-feet-5-inches, something that is quite unusual for a Chinese girl at that age, to say the least. Like many tall girls with gangly figures, Fei Fei experienced issues with her posture and had trouble standing up straight. Determined to fix it, Fei Fei decided that modeling was the way to go.

 

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Fei Fei, with Elite Model contestants

 

In 2008, at the age of 19, Fei Fei entered the Elite Model Look contest and — surprise, surprise — went home as its champion. With her old world looks, it wasn’t long before designers took notice of the now 5-foot-10.5-inch beauty. In fact, the next year, iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld himself handpicked Fei Fei to be in Chanel’s pre-fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai fashion show. Thus, her professional modeling career began.

 

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Fei Fei Sun at Chanel’s pre-fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai show.

Though she may look intimidating in her cover shoots and on the runway, fans gravitate towards this Chinese beauty, and it’s hard not to. She’s actually adorable.

 

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These days, while off-duty, the 25-year-old model resides in her apartment in Shanghai with her photographer boyfriend Liang Zi, and as you can see, they’re even more adorable.

 

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Get That Look: Cold Weather Looks à la Our Favorite Style Muses

With temperatures slowly dipping and chill factor slowly increasing, this means we’re busting out our favorite cold weather gear!.  But take note, warm holiday sweater ≠ Cosby sweater (unless you want it to, of course).  In any case, take some cues from some of our favorite Asian and Asian American fashionistas and end the year in style.  Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 4.20.44 PM1 – Madewell Shirttail Skirt; 2 – Milly Jacquard Plaid Skirt; 3 – Rebecca Taylor Dolman Sleeve Cropped Knit; 4 – Topshop ALPY Velvet Lace Up Boots; 5 – SoleSociety Delancey; 6 – T by Alexander Wang Stretch-Cotton Top; 7 – H&M Long Shirt; 8 – LNA Cotton Flannel

In the past few years, plaid has made its resurgence as a go-to pattern, no longer being reserved for lumberjack and woodsmen. But rather than just wearing the print as a button-up, pull inspiration from the ’90s like style bloggers Jenny Ong, who’s channeling Cher Horowitz with her plaid skirt and sweater combo (avoid looking like a schoolgirl by picking a non-pleated skirt), and Tricia Gosingtian, who adds a bit of punk flair to her feminine outfit with clashing patterns and a plaid wrap-around.

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1 – Topshop Hooded Bomber; 2 – Modekungen Bomber; 3 – Rag & Bone Lily Pullover; 4 – Nasty Gal Back in Action Boyfriend Jeans; 5 – Superga 2750; 6 – MSGM Wool Cape; 7 – Kohl’s Honee Mixed-Media Trench; 8 – Rag & Bone Moto Leggings; 9 – Topshop Milla Lace Up Shoes

Like models Sui He and Shu Pei, play with the idea of volume with your outerwear, especially if it’s in military green (a virtual neutral, if we do say so).  Take a more relaxed look like Sui He and couple a bomber jacket with a boyfriend jean, but keep the look clean and downtown-ready with a knit sweater, sneakers and perfectly coiffed hair.  For a more streamlined look like Shu Pei’s, couple a more fitted jean or legging with a bulky wool coat for balance.

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1 – Topshop Hooded Bomber; 2 – Modekungen Bomber; 3 – Rag & Bone Lily Pullover; 4 – Nasty Gal Back in Action Boyfriend Jeans; 5 – Superga 2750; 6 – MSGM Wool Cape; 7 – Kohl’s Honee Mixed-Media Trench; 8 – Rag & Bone Moto Leggings; 9 – Topshop Milla Lace Up Shoes

As the most practical (and logical) winter wear trend, layering has become standard in chilly temperatures.  Avoid looking and feeling frumpy by picking pieces in different textures, weights, patterns and lengths; for instance, make like model Fei Fei Sun and K-Pop star Nana and couple a light collard shirt with a sweater (the perfect way to keep using that chambray!).  Pair a light, slightly oversized knit (like cashmere — Uniqlo’s is only $20-$30!) with a long cardigan like Fei Fei or if wearing a heavier coat like Nana, a thicker knit.

What will you be wearing this December?

Asians in Fashion | Vogue China’s 8th Anniversary

(On left: Sui He; On right: Liu Wen)

To mark their eighth year as a publication, Vogue China called on photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to shoot eight different covers for their September 2013 edition, each of which feature one of eight of the world’s top models.  Four of the covers spotlight four of China’s own (and some of our favorite cover girls) — Xiao Wen Ju, Sui He, Liu Wen and Fei Fei Sun — as well as Daria Strokous, Doutzen Kroes, Kati Nescher and Sasha Pivovarova.

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On left: Fei Fei Sun; On right: Xiao Wen Ju

To see all of the covers, visit The Fashion Spot.